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2015 Union Night at the Mavericks

UAW 249 Donation to Firefighters Local 42

Members of Local 249 took up a collection at the Claycomo Ford plant to help the families of John Mesh and Larry Leggio, the two Kansas City, MO Firefighters who gave their lives in the service of the citizens of Greater Kansas City.

The members from Ford were: Eric Hall – VP, Dave Sambol – Bargaining, Dave Cleveland – Lobbyist, Kim Rowland – Community Services and Jim McCulloh – Bargaining.  Members of IAFF Local 42: President Galvin, Chris Vandermillion – BA, Michele Newby – BA, Gary Reese – BA, Stephen Davis – Taxpayers and Joe Galetti – Local 42 Active/Retiree. Photo taken by John Locke Secretary-Treasurer IAFF Local 42.  

BeYoUnion PrepsKC

Over the past several months, The Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council has been implementing their unique marketing campaign, BeYOUNION, which strives to remove the stigma that surrounds unions, and to promote the building trades.

This fall, BeYOUNION has partnered with Preps KC, a website that covers Kansas City High School Football district standings to find the best games during the season.

Since the the start of the season, six games are selected as candidates for the Game of the Week. Fans will be asked to vote for their game as the Game of the Week. Each week the teams in the winning game will be presented a check of $250 for their program courtesy of

Alise Martiny, Business Manager of the Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council, believes that partnering with Preps KC was an excellent decision.

“We felt that when we are looking at our future workforce, we are marketing to athletic high school students who are perfect for the skilled trades. They practice before school and and after school…they already have that strong work ethic built in,” Martiny said.

“Another positive part of the partnership is that Preps KC covers the entire Metro. Besides talking to students in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, we have schools outside the city in Sedalia, Ottawa, and even Baldwin City, Kansas. I feel the market to rural areas is very important to understand how labor gives back to our community,” she added.

So far, the Council has presented checks to several high school football teams including Oak Park High School, Ruskin High School, Grandview High School, Van Horn High School, and Pembroke Hill.

Archived Editions of the Labor Beacon

If you want to go back and read one of our previous Labor Beacon Editions we have them listed for you here online in the Archived Publications in the left hand column at the top.

Recent Updates to our Website

We have recently made some changes to our website to provide you with more up to date information.  You will find the Front Page of our most recent Publication and we have started uploading the entire Publication in PDF Format to our Archived Publications SectionThis will enable our readers to download our Bi-Monthly Publications and read them online.

If you have any suggestions or would like to see something covered in the Labor Beacon we always welcome your input by contacting our Editor, Kevin O'Neil via E-mail:

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The Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO

The Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council

Tri-County Labor Council of Eastern Kansas

The Labor Beacon is published bi-weekly by Labor News Inc., 6320 Manchester Ave., Kansas City, MO 64133.  Single subscriptions cost $25.00 per year.  Unions pay $.75 per month for one issue and $1.25 per month for both issues.  Group rates are available by contacting the publisher. 

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