Mission Statement

Labor United, in its partnerships with the AFL-CIO/United Way, envisions a community where all individuals and families may continue their pursuit of happiness and achieve better life quality through education, financial stability, and health.

Labor United and the United Way of the Midlands engages the passion and resources of our local unions, neighbors, and community partners. Together, we help people most in need, creating measurable results of positive changes, and mobilizing action.

Labor United and the United Way of the Midlands together form a powerful partnership – across the Omaha-Bellevue-Council Bluffs metro area – that cares about our community’s future.

Together, we create life-changing opportunities in Education, Financial Stability, and Health – the building blocks of a good life – so that even the weakest among our neighborhoods can grow stronger, and provide pathways to safe, healthy, financially sound and productive lives in our community.

Labor United Projects and Events

Amount Event Description
$76,800.00 2011 Omaha Flood Secure Labor Monument (Ironworkers Local 21); Sandbagging Along Missouri River (Ibew 1483 & 763); Union Volunteers With Trucks Mobilized To Move Families And Furniture/Items Out Of Their Homes
$88,500.00 Annual Heats On 110 Homes Serviced By 140 Steamfitters & Plumbers Local 464 - 2015 (Apprentices Teamed Up With Journeymen) And Signatory Contractors With Their Service Vehicles, Equipment, Furnace Filters, Etc. Donated; Egg, Sausage, Pancake, Coffee, Juice Breakfast Prepared By Lu 464 Prior To Event And Sub Sandwiches Upon Return With Drinks & Chips; Elected Officials Invited To Breakfast With Speeches; Tours Of Apprenticeship Follows Breakfast For Officials. $29,500 Annually X 3 Years (’13 -’15)
$15,000.00 Annual Bell Ringing – Salvation Army Labor Volunteers With Family; Cash Donations Also Collected (Ibew 22 Retirees). Annually; $4,000 - $6,000 In Donations. In-Kind Hours For Volunteers Not Included. Actual Total Would Be Higher. Used $5K As Mid-Point For Cash Report For 1 Year’S Amount X 3 Years.
$767,936.00 Annual Tree of Lights Ironworkers Local 21; Ibew Local 22 Electricians; Operating Engineers 571 Crane Operators And Donated Time For Crane; Musicians Local 70-558. 6,000-Lb. Steel Tree Erected At Major Intersection; 8,650 Led Lights; 920 Hours Needed For Erection And Dismantling In Extreme Cold Weather.
$43,350.00 Dad’s day bowling Annual Bowling Fundraiser By Building Trades (National Event) For Diabetes Research. Labor Teams Compete For Trophies; Begins At 12:30 - Every Two Hours; Ends With 6:30 Team At 8:30 Pm.
$150,000.00 Annual Firefighters’ MD Fundraiser Series Of Steak Fries And Raffles (Motorcycle) At Omaha Professional Firefighters’ 385 Hall Open To Public; Fund Raising For Muscular Dystrophy: Firefighters’ Historic Charity. United Way Of The Midlands Also Receives Pledges From Firefighters; Some Are Designated For Mda. ($50,000 Annually)
$124,185.00 2013 NALC Food Drive Labor Liaison’S Participation; Mobilizing Union Members - Volunteers At 13 Postal Stations; Create Posters For Distribution; Introduce Idea/Meet With United Way Of The Midlands.
$166,935.00 2014 NALC Food Drive Labor Participating; Invited United Way Of The Midlands’ Partnering, Resulting In Media Coverage And Press Releases; Liaisons Mobilize Volunteers And Create Local Posters (400/English; 100 Spanish)
$408,791.00 2015 NALC Food Drive National Electrical Contractors Association (Neca) And International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (Ibew) Local 22 Sponsor 300,000 Paper Bags For Nalc Food Drive ($17.000 Cost); Uwm Media Involved; Reitz Way Trucking Volunteers Trucks And Drivers; Union Volunteers At 13 Postal Stations; Photos Taken Of ‘Sea Of Food” - Record-Breaking Results; 2016: = Adding 2 Homeless Shelters To Recipient Listing (Steven Center; St. Frances House) Liaison Drafts Design/Paper Bags.
$564,102.00 2016 NALC Food Drive Another Record-Breaking Year; Additional Homeless Shelters Are Now Added To Receive Food, Due To The Increase In Food Donated In The Sponsored Paper Sacks. Further Collaborative Efforts Driven By Branch 5 Nalc Letter Carriers With Support From Union Volunteers, Omaha Federation Of Labor, Afl-Cio, Labor United, United Way Of The Midlands, Reitz Way Trucking, And Community.
$17,000.00 2015 Sponsorship of NALC 2015 Sponsorship Cost Of Bags By Ibew Local 22 And Neca Ne (National Electrical Contractors Association, Ne) – Donation
$14,204.00 2016 Sponsorship of NALC 2016 Sponsorship Cost Of Bags By Ibew Local 22 And Neca Ne (National Electrical Contractors Association, Ne) – Donation
$275,939.00 inCommon Community Development Labor, Equipment, Materials, Supplies, Service Vehicles, Elecctrical Fixtures Donated ($17K), Signatory Contractors, Labor Instructors, Apprentices And Journey Persons, Diamond & Ruby Core Drills, Hvac/4 Furnaces/Air Units, Bricklayers, Ironworkers, Laborers, Steamfitters & Plumbers, Sheet Metal Workers (Duct Work), Ibew Local 22 Electricians, Electric Company Of Omaha, National Electric, Moen Steel Erectors, D C Masonry: From “Shell” Of Building Without Any Electricity, Plumbing, Restrooms, Heating/Cooling, Ductwork, Etc: To Completely Built Out Community Commons Center: Providing Ged Classes, Esl, Ssl, Support/Computers/ Etc. In Poverty Area: Alleviating Poverty At Its Roots!
$21,225.00 Building Trades Chili Cookoff Annual Building Trades Fundraiser For Scholarships (Reported By James Waugh Ii) Average: $7K X 3. **Note: Ron Kaminsky Reports That The 2016 Event Raised More Than $8,000 With 19 Scholarships Awarded In 2016.
$30,900.00 Rebuilding Together Annual Volunteer Community Event: Electricians Spend Entire Saturday (Apprentices Working With Journey Persons) On List Of Homes: 24 In One Poverty Neighborhood — Fixing / Correcting Electrical Issues...($10,300 Annually X 3 Years) - Homes Of People Who Are Elderly, With A Disability; Veterans.
$4,000,000.00 Labor’s 2014 Donations to UWM Campaign
$4,000,000.00 Labor’s 2015 Donations to UWM Campaign Funding Provides For Work On Classroom And Workforce Ready Action
$5,518,681.00 Labor’s 2016 Donations to UWM Campaign New Data With New Labor Campaigns Added; Further Identification / Recognition Of Labor Giving.

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