Who We Are
LIUNA – The Laborers International Union of North America is one of the most diverse and effective labor unions representing workers in the ever growing construction industry. Laborers’ Local 158 members live in every community of northeastern and central Pennsylvania and are at the forefront of providing quality workers for rebuilding and maintaining Pennsylvania’s infrastructure, highways, bridges and gas pipeline, as well as other sectors of the heavy construction industry. As any labor union we have a strong history and strong roots as a United States Laborers Union.
Our Past & Present
The history of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) dates back to 1903, when courageous workers overcame hostility, threats and violence to join together for better lives. Since then, LIUNA has continued to expand its’ protection of workers: In the 1920’s, the Laborer’s Union backed the African-American fight for equality; In 1931 the Davis-Bacon Act is passed through union pressure to protect wages; in the 1950’s the Union is at the forefront of training, pensions and healthcare benefits; additionally in 1966 the Laborers Political League is established; furthermore, in 1995 LIUNA launches its’ volunteer organizer program; and finally, in 2006 LIUNA commits unprecedented resources for growth of our construction union.
What We Do Now
LIUNA honors their heritage through current struggles — being heard in government, raising standards for workers and employers on the job, and reaching out to a new generation of workers yearning for a better life.
Why We Are The Best
LIUNA is the most progressive, aggressive, and fastest-growing union of construction workers, and one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public service employees. LIUNA goes above and beyond to secure labor union benefits for all of it’s many members.
Our union laborers, a half-million strong, unite through collective bargaining agreements which help all earn family-supporting pay, good benefits and the opportunity for advancement and better lives.
Throughout recent history, LIUNA members have been at the forefront of the construction industry – which today is an economic powerhouse of 12 million workings men and women who produce 5 percent of the gross domestic product of the U.S. and Canada.
Local 158 History
Local 158 began when it received its charter in 1953. For 62 years, it has continued to provide trained and qualified workers to contractors in all phases of heavy and highway construction. Our experienced laborers, along with our state certified apprenticeship program and progressive educational and training fund classes, allows Local 158 to provide quality workers who will get the job done safely and on time and budget.
Furthermore, our Local 158 Construction was organized to provide these same services to our Central & Northeastern PA members. Additionally, we have helped build the ever-growing Central & Northeastern PA areas providing quality work in construction and manufacturing, and will continue to do so far into the future.
So whether it’s constructing a six lane highway or local farm road, a 42 inch gas transmission line or the small distribution gas lines that feed our homes. Local 158 members, along with the collective voice LIUNA, will continue to be there bringing quality, safe and family sustaining job to PA.
Left: November 2015 – Laborers Local 158 Booth, East Pennsboro High School Career Day. Reaching out and educating young people about some of the career options we can provide, and the types of work that we perform.
Award of Appreciation
On May 26, 2019, for outstanding service and support to VFW Post 6631, Selinsgrove, PA, local 158 members, Pete Namet, Shawn Kreisler, Ben Richmond, and Jim Zimmerman were awarded a plaque expressing the appreciation of the VFW membership for their efforts of pouring the concrete pad, tying the rebar, and securing the attachment cables for the display of a Viet Nam era helicopter.
Right: US Congressman Fred Keller, Pete Namet, Local 158, Joe Buranich, Local 158 Agent, Harold Auker, Commander VFW Post 6631, Selinsgrove, Jim Zimmerman, Local 158. Absent Ben Richmond, Local 158 and Shawn Kreisler, Local 158.
House Bill 1100
Yesterday, we were in Harrisburg and today we are in Wilkes-Barre joined by legislative and labor supporters of #HB1100 and the family-sustaining construction and manufacturing jobs the bill will create in northeastern PA
Where We Are Now
Our current office is located at 4655 Linglestown Rd., Suite D, Harrisburg PA 17112. We meet every second Thursday of every month to discuss laborers union agendas, laborers union wages, and laborers union jobs. And we are always proud to accept new labor union members.
We are proud to have members from throughout the 29 counties in Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania, including: Adams, Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Centre, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming & York Counties.