The mission of the LIUNA African American Caucus is to identify, promote and support issues that address the needs and interests of LIUNA members of African descent, their families and the communities they live in. 



The Caucus works to identify, promote, and support issues of concern for African Americans within LIUNA for the purpose of advancing and sustaining LIUNA!’s mission and goals and interests. 



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The African American Caucus (AAC)

In 1996 the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) announced the creation of a Minority Advancement Department. The Department was formed to address the concerns of the growing minority membership within the union and to develop links with minority communities around the country.

In June 2001, General President Terence M. O’Sullivan appointed the Minority Advancement Advisory Committee. Since that time members of the Advisory Committee have met and formed minority caucuses. One of the caucuses formed is the LIUNA caucus. 



Canadian Arm of the LIUNA AA Caucus Organizes Inaugural Appreciation Dinner for Rank and File Members

LIUNA AA Caucus Board Members, Brother Mamadou Bah (Local 506) and Brother Anthony Tubbs (Local 183) organized the first Caucus Appreciation Dinner for Canadian rank and file members of Central and Eastern Canada. The event was held to show appreciation for caucus member support. Held during Black History Month in Toronto, Canada at Local 183 in Gerry Gallagher Hall on February 18, 2023, the event was a huge success.

Brothers Bah and Tubbs welcomed members and Caucus President Ryan Boyer addressed the members emphasizing the importance of their involvement and support to the mission and goals of the Caucus. Also present were Brother Jack Oliveira, Business Manager of the Ontario Provincial Di...

LIUNA AA Caucus E Board Member Brother Paul Thompson Assists in Facilitating the 17th Annual Charles Rolland African American Legislative Day

LIUNA AA Caucus board member, NROC Market Representative and APRI APRI Seattle Chapter Vice President, Brother Paul Thompson worked with other compatible Labor and community groups to facilitate the 17th Annual Charles Rolland AA Legislative Day to be held via zoom on February 21, 2022. The event will include open discussion panels with WA state officials to give Labor and community groups an opportunity to get key issues heard with legislators who can make a difference in the communities they live in.

Charles Rolland III was the first African American chair of a major political party in Washington State. Roland served as chair of the Washington State Democratic Party during the years 1993-19...

AA Caucus Donates to We Vote We Win in Georgia to Contribute to the GOTV Effort in the Black Community

The AA Caucus believes it is crucial to support a social justice organization with deep community roots to invigorate the GOTV process in GA. Blacks account for a third of eligible voters in GA and could determine which party controls the US Senate next year.

We Vote. We Win. (https://www.wevotewewin.vote/) is an organization, spearheaded by Georgia Stand Up. The goal of the organization is to be a catalyst for positive change in Georgia, especially in communities of color. The Caucus has worked with Georgia Stand Up on community projects and collaborated with We Vote We Win in past elections.

We Vote. We Win. emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community to be more active in e...

AA Caucus Canadian Members Assist in City Councilor Election Success

AA Caucus board members Brother Mamadou Bah (Local 506) and Brother Tony Tubbs (Local 183) organized caucus members in Toronto to assist in GOTV efforts in the municipality’s October 24, 2022 election. The election was focused on City Councilors and Mayors. The efforts of caucus members in the community assisted in great voter turnout. Michael Thompson, a six-term councilor, was successfully re-elected. Councilor Thompson is also a Deputy Mayor. He works to bring people in Toronto together in a spirit of collaboration. He participates in several charitable organizations including the LIUNA Local 506 scholarship fund. Thompson is one of the most effective political leaders in Toronto.



AA Caucus 6th CBCF Honoree Reception

The LIUNA AA Caucus held its 6 th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Honoree reception on Thursday October 29, 2022 at LIUNA Headquarters. This year’s honorees were Congressman James Clyburn (SC); Congressman Troy Carter (LA); Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS) and Ms. Erin Wilson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Vice President Kamala Harris.

Vice Presidents Richardson and Staten were in attendance to present awards along with several of the Caucus E Board members. A highlight of the evening was a special donation in support of Caucus efforts in the community presented by LIUNA Brother Ronny Griffin, Business Manager of Local 110 in St. Louis, MO. The donation sparked a matching dona...

Black Voters WILL make a DIFFERENCE in Midterm Elections

The midterm elections will be key in protecting the progress unions have made as well as strides made in the Black community. In the 2022 midterm elections, Pew Research data finds that the Black vote could play an increasingly important role in determining the outcome, particularly in Georgia where Blacks account for a third of eligible voters and could determine which party controls the US Senate next year. Nationally, Blacks are predicted to account for 13.6 of all votes in November.

PLEASE VOTE! and encourage family members and friends to do the same!

For more information check out: https://www.liunavotes2022.org/


LIUNA AA Caucus Board Member Honored for Community Involvement

LIUNA AA Caucus board member and New York LIUNA Local 79 executive board member Brother Barrie Smith’s tireless work in his community, educating and organizing, has not gone unnoticed. Brother Smith has received several honors for his dedicated work in the community in the past few months. In March 2022, Brother Smith and Brother Anthony Williamson, caucus member, received the Labor Press Community Service Award during the New York Building Trades conference in Hallandale Beach Florida. The award recognized their significant roles in community involvement and organizing activities for LIUNA Local 79.

In April 2022, Brother Smith received recognition from Lebanon High School for his work...

LIUNA AA Caucus Encourages Members to Support the DOL's Updated Wage Rules on Federal Construction

Send your message of support for these changes that will protect Laborers’ wages, and ensure union contractors have a fair chance to bid on federal jobs.

LIUNA members are skilled workers who do the hard work of building America. Davis-Bacon prevailing wages ensure we earn fair pay and benefits. But non-union contractors are ignoring the rules, stealing from workers, and retaliating when workers speak out. The Department of Labor has proposed a historic update to protect and strengthen Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rules. Send your message of support for these changes that will protect Laborers’ wages, and ensure union contractors have a fair chance to bid on federal jobs.



LIUNA AA Caucus Charter Board Member Inducted into the Louisiana AFL-CIO Hall of Fame Posthumously

LIUNA Retiree, Brother Ernest C. Stephens, a member and officer of LIUNA Local 99 (formerly 1177) for over 45 years, was inducted into the LA AFL-CIO Hall of Fame during the recent LA AFL CIO Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. LA Governor John Bell Edwards spoke passionately about Brother Stephen's calm demeanor and strong commitment to working men and women in Louisiana. Brother Stephens, who passed in May 2021, had been the Assistant to the President and Statewide Political Director for the LA AFL-CIO since 2009, after his retirement from LIUNA. While Business Manager of Local 1177, Brother Stephens was a charter member of the LIUNA AA Caucus National Board. Along with other charter members, B...