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Local 78

LIUNA Local 78 represents asbestos, lead and hazardous waste handlers in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. The Local’s 4,000 members are the hard-working employees for nearly 200 signatory environmental contractors, performing 90% of all asbestos removal in the area.

Executive Board

Pawel Gruchascz, Deputy Supervisor
Joel Burgos, Secretary-Treasurer
Jan Sanislo, President
Jose Luis Santana, Vice President
Jonathon Collaguazo, Recording Secretary
Tania Salazar, Executive Board - NY
Ruth Ruales, Executive Board - NY
Darwin Samaniego, Executive Board - NJ

Rodrigo Villagomez, Executive Board - NJ




Local 78 News Room

CCLTAF Training Protocols

Published By: NJ Laborers on 2020-07-15

In a COVID-19 world, the safety of visitors and staff to the Construction Craft Laborers Training And Apprenticeship Fund's two training centers is of utmost importance. 

We have adapted operations and all members and visitors to the CCLTAF's...

LIUNA COVID-19 Resources Available

Published By: NJ Laborers on 2020-04-01

As the Coronavirus Pandemic continues, steps are being taken at every level to ensure the safety and health of people everywhere.  To help members and their families navigate this information, the Laborers' International Union of North America has...

Laborers Union backs Mikie Sherrill for Congress

Published By: NJ Laborers on 2018-08-29

Laborers Union backs Mikie Sherrill for Congress

MONROE TWP., NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) has announced today its endorsement of Mikie...

Pocino: Portal Bridge failure underscores the need for action

Published By: NJ Laborers on 2018-03-16

The region’s reliance on a 111-year-old bridge with an unreliable movable span has always been a recipe for problems.  Today’s delay due to a bridge malfunction only underscore the obvious.  We must modernize our transportation system so that...

Portal Bridge replacement is good news for NJ and region

Published By: NJ Laborers on 2017-10-12

Replacing the 110-year-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River will soon be a reality, bringing great relief to the tens of thousands of rail commuters who travel across the span and have suffered through countless delays attributable to the aging infrastructure.