INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A local union chapter is thanking its workers on Labor Day but also hoping to fill open positions.
The men and women of Local 120 build and maintain highways, schools, gas pipelines and are currently building a tunnel under the city of Indianapolis. Now, they’ve got more projects than they can count. 50 to 100 jobs needs to be filled by the end of the year.
There are 2,300 members of Local 120. They cover Marion and Shelby County. It’s an essential job and workers continued pushing through during the pandemic.
Business Manager Ward Daniels says new projects include highways, hospitals and hotels. There’s an opportunity for an apprenticeship program or those with skilled work.
The importance of Labor Day is still talked about at Local 120, honoring the people that came before them. The pandemic canceled their annual gathering, but the message hasn’t changed.
“Fighting for weekends, fighting for the 8 hour day, fighting for overtime pay,” Daniels said. “There are other terms and conditions that we keep fighting for to make sure workers still have a voice.”
Daniels says in 2021 they will be really short of help. They’re going to need to hire between 200 and 300 new employees after the first of the year.