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Baltimore Mayor Recognizes Union Lead in City Cleanup Efforts

Baltimore, Md. (February 13, 2018) – Baltimore City Mayor, Catherine Pugh, held a neighborhood walk through yesterday with members of the Baltimore Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). This event highlighted a BWLDC initiative that encourages Baltimore residents and politicians to prioritize clean neighborhoods.

Since August 2017, at no cost to the city, members from LIUNA Local Union 710 located in Baltimore, have collected a total of over 6 tons of trash from many city streets. Rain or shine, the crew travels to a different intersection every day.

Mayor Pugh joined LIUNA Local Union 710 members at the site they were cleaning, near the intersection of Edmondson Avenue and Hilton Street, and thanked them for the tireless hours they contribute to improving the city’s appearance.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our members, said Dave Stokes, LIUNA Local Union 710 Business Manager. “While many people would complain about picking up trash, our members take pride in their efforts because they want to live on clean streets and provide the same for their friends and family in nearby neighborhoods.”

The BWLDC partnered with the Department of Public Works on this initiative.

Other elected officials who have visited the members and voiced their appreciation are Baltimore City Councilmembers Ryan Dorsey of District 3 and Kristerfer Burnett of District 8.

“If we are aspiring to make Baltimore a safer city, our neighborhoods need to reflect that, said BWLDC Business Manager David Allison. “This is only the beginning, but clean Baltimore neighborhoods are a strong representation of the positive direction in which the city is moving.”

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The Baltimore Washington Laborers’ District Council, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), represents more than 7,000 LIUNA members who live and work in the Baltimore-Washington region.

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