18. Supporting International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and Sheet Metal Workers International Association on the Building Justice Campaign

lclaaLCLAA 17TH NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP CONVENTION
ORLANDO, FL
AUGUST 4-8, 2008


RESOLUTION:

18.    Supporting International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and Sheet Metal Workers International Association on the Building Justice Campaign

WHEREAS, more than 30,000 workers are employed in the residential construction sector in Arizona and Nevada; and

WHEREAS, wages for these workers over the past 10 years has increased by less than half the amount of average sales prices for new homes in the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, Latino employment in construction increased by 671,000 workers from 2003-2006 and that during t his same period in the South and West of the U.S., 92% of new construction jobs were filled by Latino's; and

WHEREAS
, from 1992 to 2006 workplace fatalities for Latino workers increased by 86%; and

WHEREAS, both national home development companies, such as Pulte Homes, and smaller and regionalized subcontractors, hired by developers to actually build their homes, are fighting workers efforts to freely and fairly form unions; and

WHEREAS, it is only through the cooperation and coordination of the AFL-CIO, its affiliates, constituency groups, and trade departments that a company's like Pulte Homes will feel the full power of the labor movement and rethink its irresponsible business practices;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the delegates to the 2008 LCLAA Convention fully commit to support the Building Justice campaign to help raise standards in residential construction by:

1.    Informing your membership about this campaign and alerting them to the conditions that exist for residential construction workers.

2.    Asking your members who may be contemplating the purchase of a home to consider not buying a Pulte or Del Webb (Pulte's subsidiary which builds communities for people aged 55 years and older) home due to the company's disregard for workers' complaints about pay, safety, training and discrimination.

3.    Lending support to the efforts of IUPAT and SMWIA in their efforts to organize tens of thousands of non-union residential construction workers.

Submitted by:
Jaime Contreras
Las Vegas, Nevada LCLAA Chapter

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