Friday, September 9th, 2011

Miami, Florida– This week, Construction and Craft Workers’ Local Union 1652, a local Miami affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), has launched a local workforce recruiting initiative called BUiLD 305. BUiLD 305 will give Miami-Dade construction workers even more access to opportunities on the Port of Miami Tunnel Project, which already enjoys strong local participation. is an online portal that can reach those seeking work and training anywhere with internet access. Candidates can still apply for work at existing recruitment sites and update their information with ease. “This great initiative by LiUNA builds upon our efforts of Operation 305, where we want to build a project that is a mirror of our community,” said MAT Vice President Chris Hodgkins.
Analysis by LiUNA revealed that an impressive majority of construction workers already on the Port of Miami Tunnel Project are residents of Miami-Dade County. As construction moves into a new phase, employment has grown steadily to 164 positions. Growth has benefitted local workers first, with more than 73% residing in Miami-Dade County. “This level of participation shows that the promise of local jobs is being met,” said Albert Huston, President of LiUNA Construction and Craft Workers’ Local 1652. “Every day, this project connects more skilled people from our community with work.” Huston has collaborated with Bouygues Civil Works Florida, Miami Access Tunnel and South Florida Workforce Development to find the best qualified applicants from the thousands that were submitted at career fairs over the last year.
Broad interest in this historic project has attracted highly skilled construction workers, and on-the-job training will provide unique experience in heavy civil construction to residents seeking a new career. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve already made at the port,” said Skilled Laborer Stanley Caleb. “I’m glad to see more of my neighbors finding work and quality training here. It’s a great experience.”
LiUNA Local 1652 is currently accepting applications and is evaluating thousands of those applicants for a few hundred positions expected for the project. The union has partnered with MAT, South Florida Workforce Development, and Bouygues Civil Works Florida to reach the broadest pool of qualified applicants from the communities of Miami-Dade County. “BCWF is committed to hiring from within the Miami-Dade community. In partnering with the Construction and Craft Workers’ Local Union 1652, we are working together to create local opportunities,” said BCWF Project Executive Louis Brais. 
Workers interested in applying can do so in-person through any of the five South Florida Workforce Development locations, Local 1652’s office at 799 N.W. 62nd Street, Miami, on the web at  HYPERLINK "", or get more information at 305-405-WORK (9675).