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Local 500 Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week by Honoring an Apprentice

Special to The Truth

As noted by The Department of Labor: “National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a National Celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for Apprenticeship”. The celebrations and recognitions  took place between Monday, November 13, 2017 and Sunday, November 19, 2017. 

Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) was organized April 13, 1903 and has a strong history of not only building structures to improve our quality of living but also building and restoring communities.  Local 500, under the direction of David Fleetwood lives by the scripture/motto of “To whom much is given, much is require.” 


Vince Irvin, Darryl Brown, Brian Burt, David Fleetwood, David Estes

The New Joe E. Brown Park

In keeping with this theme on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., LIUNA Local 500, along with its Statewide Apprenticeship Coordinator, Vince Irvin, and others, recognized an apprentice, Darryl Brown, who is living that creed with demonstrated intentions on paying it forward while doing everything possible to be the best worker on the construction site.

“In honor of the enthusiasm and dedication I see from you,” said Fleetwood as he presented the plaque to Brown. “This is not for just being an apprentice but for your outstanding dedication and performance.” 

Through a combination of classroom and on-the-job training, LIUNA provides the tools for advancement as a Construction Craft Laborer while they earn a living wage   An Apprentice advances by successfully completing 432 hours of classroom training in addition to 4,000 hours of on-the-job training. 

This would not be accomplished without successful partners like Kokosing Construction Company,” said Fleetwood during the presentation ceremony at the Joe E. Brown Park reconstruction site. The park is undergoing a three-year reconstruction project that will greatly enhance the sporting and recreational opportunities for residents of the neighborhood.

“Companies like Kokosing have taken our laborers and mentored them to be successful construction workers,” said Fleetwood presenting a plaque to on-site Project Superintendent Brian Burt. “Kokosing’s time, skill, and attention towards those previously with little or no skill, to help them achieve a better and sustainable quality of life is why we would also like to take this time and honor The Kokosing Construction Company.  They are a contractor that goes well beyond what’s expected in their contributions to their employees and our community.”




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