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    :: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 ::

    Laborers rejoin AFL-CIO building trades - BY TONY ILLIA, Las Vegas Business Press
    Yet the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters -- arguably Las Vegas' largest, most influential construction union -- remains unaffiliated both locally and nationally. The Carpenters represent about 9,700 craftsmen in Southern Nevada. The International Union of Operating Engineers, meanwhile, left the BCTD two years ago, but still remain a part of the Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council.

    The Laborers, Locals 872 and 702, represent about 6,200 craftsmen in the Las Vegas Valley. The union performed about 5.5 million man-hours of work last year. Its members are now involved on such projects as the $240 million Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, the $890 million Las Vegas Convention Center remodeling and the recently awarded $447 million Lake Mead Raw Water Intake No. 3. Laborers perform everything from underground, conduit, tunneling, and mining to concrete, demolition, landscaping, and dust control.

    "We've grown by 23 percent over the last two years. We're currently recording about 575,000 man-hours a month," said Tommy White, secretary-treasurer of the Laborers, Local 872. "The Laborers are going to work with the other trades in Las Vegas Valley, and continue to have a positive relationship."
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