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What a Blessing: Heaven-Sent Apprenticeship Training in Queens

November 13, 2020

By Naeisha Rose

Laborers Local 1010 members gather outside Catholic Parish & Academy in Queens as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

New York, NY – This week is National Apprenticeship Week, and more than half a dozen recipients of the Laborers’ Local 1010 Training Fund had a refresher on Monday and Tuesday for a construction skills lab while helping out the Holy Family Catholic Parish & Academy in Fresh Meadows, Queens. 

Laborers Local 1010, supported by Laborers Local 1010 LECET (Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust), believes in the importance of community engagement and decided to use the skills lab to replace a sidewalk that was in disrepair near the academy. 

Laborers’ Local 1010 is an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), which is comprised of skilled tradesmen and women who build streets, bridges and highways throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

It provided trainers and workers to demolish the sidewalk, provide concrete preparation and placement, according to Armando Valeriano, the director of Laborers’ Local 1010 Training Fund. Union contractors MECC and Ferrara Brothers provided equipment and machinery for the project. 

“Laborers’ Local 1010 Training Fund is committed to providing continual safety and skills training to our membership,” said Valeriano. “We are glad to have brought together some of our more experienced journeymen, who along with our great instructors, used their time and skills to teach our members about concrete placement, all while replacing the sidewalk for Holy Family Catholic Academy and doing our part to keep the local community safe.”

Rev. Sean M. Suckiel, the pastor of Holy Family Parish, was grateful for the assist. 

“The sidewalk repairs were long overdue and they came to the rescue,” said Suckiel. “On behalf of our parishioners and families of our Academy, we are thankful for Local 1010 for their commitment to our faith-based community.”

Council Member Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) were thankful to Laborers Local 1010 for providing its services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Laborers’ Local 1010 and union contractors heard the call for help from Holy Family Catholic Academy and responded with urgency and diligence,” said Ulrich. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, Holy Family Catholic Academy, in Fresh Meadows, was in desperate need of sidewalk repairs. I am thankful for the donated work of Laborers’ Local 1010, their trainers, and members and their commitment to assist the local community.”

November 13, 2020

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