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2021 W. Vernie Reed Memorial Scholarship Fund

In 1981 the W. Vernie Reed Scholarship Fund was established as a living memorial to the late W. Vernie Reed, General Secretary-Treasurer of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, who represented our Northwest Region. Since that time, the scholarship fund has awarded over 394 scholarships, totaling over $710,000, to our members, their children and grandchildren from various Local Unions throughout the Region.

We should all take great pride that we have established such a fund in memory of one of LIUNA's past leaders, who fought so hard for every LIUNA member, Local Union and District Council.

Through the generosity of Brother Reed’s friends and associates, a self perpetuating fund will provide a program of yearly scholarships to assist eligible worthy students in furthering their four (4) year undergraduate education. The first award was made in the Spring of 1981. Scholarships are usually awarded before July.

For 2021:

Update as of October 23, 2020

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Board of Directors understands that challenges exist in regard to the W. Vernie Reed Scholarship Application, including but not limited to, getting high school/college transcripts etc.

In light of this, the W. Vernie Reed Scholarship Committee has decided to extend the deadline for applications to May 1, 2021.

The scholarship committee is focused on protecting the safety and health of our members, applicants and their families. We understand the complications this outbreak has created for the entire Northwest Region. It is for these reasons, the scholarship committee has extended the deadline.

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce it will be awarding twenty-three scholarships (one per each Local Union in the Region) valued at $3,000.00 each. Keep in mind – an applicant WILL NOT be considered if the application is incomplete for any reason or is not received by May 1st (received – not postmarked).

Additionally the Board intends to award up to eighteen main scholarships at $2,500.00 each and one scholarship, the Pamela Reed Award, will be valued at $6,000.00.


Please note – ONLY original applications will be accepted. Fax and photocopies are no longer accepted.

Please note – The applications will request an email address for all applicants.


LIUNA Local 720 - Stability and Strength

We have been living in unprecedented times. With so much uncertainty facing us, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the stability and strength our members and their families have come to depend on. LIUNA, a family for over 117 years, has survived difficult and challenging times and through it all, each time we have emerged stronger than before.As always, LIUNA is on the forefront, developing coronavirus worksite safety protocols and valuable resources for members.

Your Colorado Team has adapted to the many changes to ensure that our members and their families have the necessary benefits and support they need.Most of our members continue to work, and we hope to see all members back to work soon. The work that continues is critical to our communities and to our way of life and we appreciate our members for their sacrifice and courage.

We also want to thank members for continuing to follow the guidance of our elected officials and public health departments, taking care of themselves and their families, checking in on neighbors, and doing their part to keep us all healthy and safe. Members of LIUNA never stand alone; we stand strong, proud, and united. We thank our members and their families for their continued confidence in, and loyalty to, Local 720, and to our great International Union.

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Building Trades National Medical Screening Program

The Building Trades National Medical Screening program is designed to identify health problems caused by hazardous substances that workers may have been exposed to while working on a Department of Energy site.

During this Program, you will complete a work history interview and a limited medical screening examination to identify risk factors for diseases that might develop in the future. We will also provide you with information on the risks and how to reduce them.

This Program is entirely voluntary and without cost to you. You will not be compensated for your participation. However, you may benefit in increased knowledge about your personal health. Your participation may also benefit future workers by helping to identify trends in groupings of information that may be important to their health and well-being. This Program is funded for a limited time. We cannot assure that it will be continued in the future, or that there will be another program to take its place.


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