Baltimore/Washington Laborers District Council

Baltimore/Washington Laborers District Council BWLDC represents more than 7,400 members in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia region. We are a progressive and fast-growing union of construction workers, and one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public service employees in the DMV.

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08/23/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2021
Contact: Victoria Leonard ([email protected]; 703.776.0064)

LiUNA Announces Endorsement of Marc Broklawski for Stafford County School Board

Stafford, VA—Today, the Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), LiUNA announced its endorsement of Marc Broklawski for the Stafford County School Board. The BWLDC represents more than 7,500 members, many of whom live and work in Northern Virginia.
“Marc Broklawski understands the importance of preparing our children for life after high school, and that a career in the building trades can provide a pathway to the middle class for young people who don’t want to attend college,” said BWLDC Business Manager Julio Palomo.
Marc Broklawski is committed to expanding career path opportunities for students. He supports partnering with the building trades so that Stafford County students interested in working in construction have long-term prospects for good-paying jobs with health and retirement benefits.
“Mr. Broklawsi recognizes that the building trades and its affiliates offer excellent apprenticeship programs at no cost to workers, and that unions are critical because they enable the workforce to negotiate higher wages and benefits, and better working conditions. We are pleased to support him and his efforts to bring fresh ideas to the Stafford County School Board,” said Palomo.

08/19/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2021
Contact: Victoria Leonard ([email protected]; 703.776.0064)

Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council Announces Endorsements for Virginia House of Delegates

Reston, VA—Today, the Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), LiUNA announced its endorsements of Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (District 45), Michelle Maldonado (District 50), Briana Sewell (District 51), and Irene Shin (District 86) for the Virginia House of Delegates. The BWLDC represents more than 7,500 members, many of whom live and work in Northern Virginia.

Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Michelle Maldonado, and Irene Shin each prevailed in the Democratic Party’s primary election, unseating incumbents. Briana Sewell did not have a primary challenger.

“Northern Virginia is changing rapidly, with support for organized labor and collective bargaining growing,” said BWLDC Business Manager Julio Palomo. “ Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Michelle Maldonado, Briana Sewell, and Irene Shin are all part of that shift. We look forward to working with each of them as they join the Democratic Caucus of the Virginia House of Delegates under the leadership of Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn.”

With Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn at the helm, House Democrats have delivered on myriad priorities for the working people of Virginia, including passage of prevailing wage and general contractor liability laws, as well as the repeal of the law prohibiting project labor agreements. Members of the House Democratic Caucus were endorsed before the June 2nd primary.

The BWLDC is committed to identifying, endorsing, and supporting candidates for elected office whose values and priorities are consistent with those of its members. Today’s endorsements of Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Michelle Maldonado, Briana Sewell, and Irene Shin for the Virginia House of Delegates Democratic are part of that effort.

05/03/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2021
Contact: Victoria Leonard ([email protected]; 703.776.0064)

LiUNA Announces Endorsements for Virginia House of Delegates

Reston, VA—Today, the Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), LiUNA and the West Virginia-Appalachian Laborers’ District Council (WVALDC), LiUNA announced their endorsements for the Virginia House of Delegates. The BWLDC and the WVALDC combined represent more than 20,000 members, many of whom live and work in Virginia.

“In this pivotal election year, we are pleased to endorse the Virginia House of Delegates Democratic incumbents seeking re-election,” said WVALDC Business Manager Craig Harvey. “Under the leadership of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, House Democrats have delivered on myriad priorities for the working people of Virginia, including passage of prevailing wage and general contractor liability laws, as well as the repeal of the law prohibiting project labor agreements,” said BWLDC Business Manager Julio Palomo.

The Virginia House of Delegates incumbents endorsed today include the following:
• Eileen Filler-Corn 41st District & Speaker
• Wendy Gooditis, 10th District
• Sam Rasoul, 11th District
• Chris Hurst, 12th District
• Danica Roem, 13th District
• Kelly Convirs-Fowler, 21st District
• Joshua Cole, 28th District
• Candi Mundon King, 2nd District
• Elizabeth Guzman, 31st District
• David Reid, 32nd District
• Kathleen Murphy, 34th District
• Mark Keam, 35th District
• Kenneth Plum, 36th District
• David Bulova, 37th District
• Kaye Kory, 38th District
• Vivian Watts, 39th District
• Dan Helmer, 40th District
• Kathy Tran, 42nd District
• Mark Sickles, 43rd District
• Paul Krizek, 44th District
• Mark Levine, 45th District
• Charniele Herring , 46th District
• Patrick Hope, 47th District
• Rip Sullivan, 48th District
• Alfonso Lopez, 49th District
• Lee Carter, 50th District
• Marcus Simon, 53rd District
• Sally Hudson, 57th District
• Lashrecse Aird, 63rd District
• Karrie Delaney, 67th District
• Dawn Adams, 68th District
• Betsy Carr, 69th District
• Delores McQuinn, 70th District
• Jeffrey Bourne, 71st District
• Schuyler VanValkenburg, 72nd District
• Rodney Willett, 73rd District
• Lamont Bagby, 74th District
• Roslyn Tyler, 75th District
• Clint Jenkins, 76th District
• Cliff Hayes Jr., 77th District
• Stephen Heretick, 79th District
• Don Scott Jr., 80th District
• Nancy Guy, 83rd District
• Alex Askew, 85th District
• Ibraheem Samirah, 86th District
• Suhas Subramanyam, 87th District
• Jay Jones, 89th District
• Angelia Williams Graves, 90th District
• Martha Mugler, 91st District
• Jeion Ward, 92nd District
• Michael Mullin, 93rd District
• Shelly Simonds, 94th District
• Cia Price, 95th District

The BWLDC and WVALDC are committed to identifying, endorsing, and supporting candidates for elected office whose values and priorities are consistent with those of its members. Today’s endorsement of the Virginia House of Delegates Democratic incumbents seeking re-election is part of that effort.

04/27/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 27, 2020
Contact: Victoria Leonard ([email protected]; 703.776.0064)

Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council
Announces Alexandria Endorsements

Alexandria, VA– Today, the Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA!) announced its endorsements for the Mayor of Alexandria and members of the City Council in advance of the June 8, 2021 Democratic primary:

Mayor Justin Wilson
Councilmember John Taylor Chapman
Councilmember Canek Aguirre
Alyia Gaskins for Councilmember
Kirk McPike for Councilmember
Kevin Harris for Councilmember
James Lewis for Councilmember

“We are pleased to continue to support incumbents Mayor Wilson, Councilmember John Taylor Chapman, and Councilmember Canek Aguirre,” said BWLDC Business Manager Julio Palomo. “They are committed to an agenda that puts working people front and center, including moving forward with ordinances to establish collective bargaining for city employees and prevailing wages on city public works projects.” Recent changes in state law have made it permissible for local jurisdictions to adopt collective bargaining and prevailing wage ordinances, and Mayor Wilson and Councilmembers Chapman and Aguirre have ensured that Alexandria is at the vanguard of these efforts.

“We are also excited to support Alyia Gaskins, Kirk McPike, Kevin Harris, and James Lewis who collectively will bring fresh ideas and a more worker-centric viewpoint to the Alexandria City Council,” said Palomo.

The BWLDC is committed to identifying, endorsing, and supporting candidates for elected office whose values and priorities are consistent with those of its members. Today’s endorsements for the Alexandria City Council are part of that effort.

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The Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), represents more than 7,500 LIUNA members who live and work in the Baltimore-Washington region.

Check out this NBC Channel 4 piece featuring LiUNA Local 11 member Shakiera Pearson. The BWLDC worked closely with City ...
04/19/2021
New Pilot Program Aims to Bring Thousands of Jobs to Prince George's County

Check out this NBC Channel 4 piece featuring LiUNA Local 11 member Shakiera Pearson. The BWLDC worked closely with City of Bowie Mayor Pro Tem Adrian Boafo to pass a resolution to adopt a community workforce agreement pilot program to create jobs for local residents. We look forward to working with the City of Bowie team to roll out the pilot. https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/prince-georges-county/new-pilot-program-aims-to-bring-thousands-of-jobs-to-prince-georges-county/2639354/

A new pilot program has just gotten the green light, and it could help get thousands of local workers back on the job after the pandemic. News4’s Erika Gonzalez has more.

09/25/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, September 25, 2020
CONTACT:
Victoria Leonard: [email protected], 703-776-0064

DC Council Candidates Brooke Pinto and Janeese Lewis George Secure Endorsements from
LiUNA in Advance of November 3rd General Election
Washington, DC – The Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council, LiUNA announced its endorsement today of Brooke Pinto for DC Ward 2 Councilmember and Janeese Lewis George for Ward 4 Councilmember.
Ms. Pinto and Ms. Lewis George each won their Democratic primary elections, demonstrating that the residents of the District of Columbia are hungry for progressive change on the DC Council. Ms. Pinto also won the Ward 2 Special Election, and was sworn into office on June 27th.
“We are excited to support Brooke Pinto and Janeese Lewis George in the general election,” said Julio Palomo, Business Manager for the Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council. “Councilmember Pinto and Ms. Lewis George represent the future of the District of Columbia. Both understand that expanding unionization is one of the greatest tools available to address income inequality, and we are confident they will push for policies and laws that help working people.”
Councilmember Pinto is the youngest councilmember ever elected in the District of Columbia. She previously served in the Office of the Attorney General as a tax attorney and then as Assistant Attorney General for Policy and Legislative Affairs. Janeese Lewis George is a native Washingtonian and life-long Ward 4 resident. She also previously served in the Office of the Attorney General where she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Juvenile Section of the Public Safety Division.
“As we continue to deal daily with the Covid-19 pandemic, the District of Columbia needs dedicated and thoughtful elected officials like Councilmember Pinto and Ms. Lewis George who are not afraid to challenge the status quo,” said Palomo.
The BWLDC is committed to identifying, endorsing, and supporting candidates for elected office whose values and priorities are consistent with those of its members. Today’s endorsement of Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke Pinto for re-election and Janeese Lewis George as Ward 4 Councilmember is part of that effort.

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The Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), represents more than 7,500 LIUNA members who live and work in the Baltimore-Washington region.

05/27/2020
Brandon For Baltimore

BWLDC's pick for Mayor of Baltimore is also endorsed by the Baltimore Sun! Members, please get your ballots in the mail or make sure you vote on Tuesday, June 2nd!

Members, please share with your friends who live in the city.

The Baltimore Sun endorsed Brandon Scott for Mayor as “a visionary leader who lives and breathes the city.”

The Baltimore Sun praised Brandon Scott’s, “26 policy proposals…to address the city’s crime, corruption and ailing schools.”

The Baltimore Sun endorsed Brandon Scott for Mayor as “a visionary leader” who is “best positioned to unite Baltimore.”

05/22/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, May 22, 2020

Contact: Victoria Leonard ([email protected]; 703.776.0064)

Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council Endorses Democrat Takis Karantonis for Arlington County Board Member

Arlington County, VA– Today, the Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA!), announced its endorsement of Takis Karantonis for the open seat on the Arlington County Board. Mr. Karantonis is the Arlington Democrats’ nominee. A special election will be held on July 7, 2020.

“Takis Karantonis is committed to introducing and actively supporting legislation to establish prevailing wage and project labor agreement ordinances for Arlington County,” said Julio Palomo on behalf of the BWLDC. “In addition, Mr. Karantonis’s experience as an economist and urban planner make him especially qualified to serve on the Arlington County Board.”

Takis Karantonis is a former executive director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization and currently directs the micro-lending program for the Ethiopian Community Development Council. He also volunteers as vice chair of the Alliance for Housing Solutions.

“The Arlington County Board has the opportunity to promote economic development that creates quality union construction and post-construction jobs that come with employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits,” said Mr. Palomo. “The Covid-19 pandemic highlights the stability that employer-sponsored health insurance coverage affords working families, and we need elected officials who recognize the value of unions and the quality benefits they provide.”

The BWLDC is committed to identifying, endorsing, and supporting candidates for elected office whose values and priorities are consistent with those of its members. Today’s endorsement of Takis Karantonis for the Arlington County Board is part of that effort.

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The Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), represents more than 7,500 LIUNA members who live and work in the Baltimore-Washington region.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 12, 2020Contact: Rick Binetti (rbinetti@bwldc.org)BWLDC Adds to Slate of Baltimore City Endorse...
05/12/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2020
Contact: Rick Binetti ([email protected])

BWLDC Adds to Slate of Baltimore City Endorsements – Backs Challenger in Council District 12

Baltimore, MD—Today, the Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), an affiliate of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA), announced its endorsement of Phillip Westry, candidate for Baltimore City Council District 12. In addition to Brandon Scott for Mayor, Shannon Sneed for Council President, Bill Henry for Comptroller, Westry is BWLDC’s twelfth endorsement for Baltimore City Council in the 2020 primary election. Other council picks include:

First District – Zeke Cohen

Second District – Danielle McCray
Third District – Ryan Dorsey
Fifth District – Yitzy Schleifer
Sixth District – Sharon Green Middleton
Seventh District – James Torrence
Eighth District – Kristerfer Burnett
Ninth District – John Bullock
Tenth District – Phylicia Porter
Eleventh District – Eric Costello
Fourteenth District – Odette Ramos

The BWLDC is committed to electing city council members who will fight for working families by supporting labor standards on Baltimore’s publicly-funded development and infrastructure projects. Projects built with local residents and labor standards will promote Baltimore’s economy and provide safe, family-supporting employment with good wages, family healthcare, and a dignified retirement.

“Along with our other endorsements, Phillip Westry has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to organized labor and LiUNA, and we are pleased to support him,” said Julio Palomo on behalf of the BWLDC.

“We support Phillip Westry—who believes like we do—that creating opportunities for families to grow strong is the pathway to a better Baltimore,” said LiUNA Local 710 Business Manager Dave Stokes.

The BWLDC is committed to identifying, endorsing, and supporting candidates for elected office whose values and priorities are consistent with those of its members. Today’s endorsement is part of that ongoing effort.

05/04/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 4, 2020
Contact: Victoria Leonard ([email protected]; 703.776.0064)

Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council Endorses
Trayon White for Re-Election as DC’s Ward 8 Councilmember

Washington, DC – Today, the Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA!), announced its endorsement of Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White for re-election in advance of the June 2nd Democratic primary.

“Councilmember Trayon White is a grass roots leader and legislator who always puts the needs of working people front and center,” said Julio Palomo on behalf of the BWLDC. “Mr. White understands that working people must have jobs with family-supporting wages and benefits to afford to live in the District, and that unionization is the best way to address income inequality.”

Councilmember White has a long history of public service. In 2008, he founded Helping Inner City Kids Succeed, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth development activities. In 2011, Mr. White was elected to represent Ward 8 on the State Board of Education. And in 2017, he was sworn in as the Ward 8 Councilmember.

“Ward 8 has a strong voice in Councilmember Trayon White, and we look forward to working with him over the next four years,” said Mr. Palomo.

The BWLDC is committed to identifying, endorsing, and supporting candidates for elected office whose values and priorities are consistent with those of its members. Today’s endorsement of Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White for re-election is part of that effort.

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The Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), represents more than 7,500 LIUNA members who live and work in the Baltimore-Washington region.

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