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The Northwest Region is the largest geographical region in the Laborers’ International Union representing over 40,000 members in 25 local unions across the northwest Canada and northwest United States.

LiUNA represents the most diverse group of skilled workers. You will find our members working with our signatory contractors in; industrial and commercial construction, road building, pipeline, paving, utilities, drilling and blasting (both surface and underground), slope stabilization, demolition and shoring, industrial plant work, dock and shipyard, traffic control, security, parking lot, cemeteries, crematoriums and funeral homes, manufacturing, production, janitorial, hazardous waste remediation, health care, education, maintenance, food service, clerical, aviation, and state and local governments.

The Northwest region has 13 dedicated training facilities that offer training topics ranging from short duration job site health and safety classes to intense full-fledged, hands-on skills training. Mobile onsite training, which delivers training to contractors' facilities or construction job sites, is another aspect that our region has developed to meet our employers' manpower and training needs.

Robert F. Abbott - Vice President and Regional Manager
Rey Espinoza - Assistant Regional Manager
Rob Trenkle - International Representative

Mark Olsen - Western Canada Sub-Regional Manager 

12201 Tukwila International Blvd.,
Suite 140,
Seattle, WA 98168-5121
Phone: (206) 441-6507


Coronavirus Preparation and Response Fact Sheet - Updated March 20, 2020

The Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America has developed a fact sheet in response to several questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). CLICK here for the Coronavirus FACT SHEET. Last updated March 20, 2020

Coronavirus & COVID-19: Preparation and Response

First known as the novel coronavirus, the virus now referred to as COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the number of cases in the U.S. and Canada continues to rise. It’s now critical that everyone does their part to limit the spread of the virus, as people without symptoms or with mild symptoms can still spread the virus to others.

Risk in the U.S. and Canada

Current risk of contracting COVID-19 in the U.S. and Canada varies by community based on the extent of the outbreak and the success of mitigation efforts. About half the people diagnosed with COVID-19 have already recovered. It’s estimated over 80 percent of those infected will experience only mild symptoms.

However, even people at low risk for serious health complications should take steps to protect groups who would be at higher risk if they got the virus.

Risk for more serious health effects is highest among:

Older adults (age 60 and up)
People with underlying health conditions (e.g., heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer)
People with weakened immune systems
The majority of deaths caused by COVID-19 have occurred among people falling into at least one of these higher risk categories.

Transmission & Diagnosis

Transmission: spread primarily through airborne respiratory droplets during coughing and sneezing, but can also be spread through regular breathing. Being in close proximity (less than six feet) to an infected person, especially in enclosed spaces, can result in transmission. Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, or touching an object with the virus on it, followed by touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands can spread the virus.

Diagnosis: If you suspect you have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. A lab test may be performed and sent to the CDC.