Local 169 worker Ismael Mayorga-Torres flies 40 feet, lives to tell the
by Barbano /7-7-2015 Sparks Tribune
construction worker Ron Raiche Jr. of Battle Mountain, Laborers' Local
169 member, dies on I-80 East
Woolf Harris / Elko Daily Free Press 3-31-2015
identifies road construction flagger killed by 21 year-old drunk driver
on Nov. 7
Rouse was 49
Vegas Review-Journal / 11-8-2014
Local 169 members hit, two dead in I-80 crash near Elko
by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-7-2013 Sparks Tribune
construction cash: Laborers' Union handbillers take community's case to
UNR students 10-14-2013
student-moderated public forum
Union demonstrates at UNR 9/20/13
complaint with Dept. of Homeland Security
in Sparks construction zone injures three on Dec. 10
Sparks Tribune / 12-11-2012
Laborers' Union Local 169 member Cameron Owens was
discharged from Renown Regional Medical Center on Dec. 11. His
father and brother are both members of the union. He stood with
his back to the oncoming car in the middle of the area behind
the rear of the truck at right. Its hydraulic lift was in the
position shown. (Look below the stop sign on the bus.) Cameron's
fellow workers began to shout "car" as they got out
of the way of the auto approaching at 100mph. Cameron dove to
his right, breaking his foot but saving his life. Had he not moved,
he would have been cut in half between the auto and the lift acting
as a blade. He had surgery to place pins and plates in his foot
and is recovering, reinforcing the fact that road
construction work remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the
John Russell, Local 169 Field Rep.)
Chávez event looks like America
Tony Mayorga, President, Laborers' Union
Commentary / Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-28-2013
César Chávez's fight for
justice lives on
Commentary / Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-31-2012
Richard Daly/LIUNA Local 169:
We put the state on life
support for another two years
Gazette-Journal Guest Editorial / 7-17-2011
Union opens major new northern Nevada training center
$2 million invested in region's future
International president dedicates facility at grand opening / 9-16-2010
Vegas Strip construction death scandal investigation validated
Twenty-five months after CityCenter
construction workers walked off the job to protest workplace fatalities
and safety conditions there, researchers have confirmed what the Sun reported
at the time.
Sun follows up Pulitzer Prize-winning series / 7-6-2010
in Las Vegas probing fatal construction accident at I-15 interchange
Second fatal crash in five
days The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating
a fatal construction accident in the south Las Vegas Valley. The Nevada
Highway Patrol responded at 6:26 a.m. to the accident at the Blue Diamond
Road and Interstate 15 interchange, but OSHA has since taken over the
Vegas Sun / 6-29-2010
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LAW TOUGHENING PENALTIES IN ROAD CONSTRUCTION ZONES
IN EFFECT STATEWIDE
MEDIA CAMPAIGN PREMIERES IN RENO AND LAS VEGAS
30, 2003) A new Nevada law toughening penalties and fines for
unsafe driving in road construction zones goes into effect October 1.
It imposes double penalties whether or not workers are present or if
a motorist causes substantial injury or property damage. The new sanctions
apply whether or not an area is fully marked as a construction site.
"The law reflects
what's happening on the roadways," stated Richard "Skip"
Daly, business manager of Reno-based Laborers' Union Local 169.
Unions and Nevada officials are launching a new media campaign to inform
"Double penalties now apply when
certain aggravating circumstances are present, such as reduction in
lane width, traffic flow realignment or road surface modifications,
whether or not workers are present." Daly said.
enhanced penalties include increased fines up to $1,000, up to 15 Saturdays
in an orange jump suit performing community service or up to six months
in jail. These are all in addition to any other penalties allowed by
law," he noted.
The previous law allowed double penalties
only for speeding while workers were present.
"Road construction continues to be
one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. However, most people
don't know that four of five killed in work zones are motorists. We
are introducing an updated version of our longrunning media campaign
to inform the public of the new law," Daly said.
169 added a media dimension to its safety program in 1994 after construction
flagger Tammy Coker was killed the previous year.
She was struck
by an inattentive driver on Interstate 80 east of Fernley near the Nightingale
exit. The union has not lost a member since the media campaign was launched.
On Sept. 23 at about 12:10 a.m., Local
169 members Cyrus Bearcloud and Ruben Carillo were fired
upon by a motorist at the Reno Spaghetti Bowl (I-80 at US 395). A driver
fired at least three 9mm bullets at the workers, who were working on
ask anyone with information to contact them at (775) 334-2115 or Secret
Witness at (775) 322-4900. Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward
for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator.
The 2000-2002 version of the campaign, "The
Flagger Moms of Orange Cone Hell," was honored
with a first place award in a nationwide competition conducted by the
National Safety Council and the American Road & Transportation Builders
The new thrust, coordinated as always
with the Nevada Dept. of Transportation, will be introduced with press
conferences in northern Nevada at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday (NDOT, 310 E.
Galletti Way @ Kietzke Lane, Sparks) and in southern Nevada at 10:30
a.m. on Wednesday (NDOT, 123 E. Washington Street, Las Vegas).
Copies of the new public service announcements
in both English and Spanish will be available to media.
sections of the new law
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1.5. NRS 484.254 is hereby amended to read as follows: A
district attorney shall prosecute all violations of subsection
1 which occur in his jurisdiction and which result in injury to
any person performing highway construction or maintenance unless
the district attorney has good cause for not prosecuting the violation.
In addition to any other penalty, if a driver violates any provision
of subsection 1 and the violation results in injury to any person
performing highway construction or maintenance, or in damage to
property in an amount of not less than $1,000, the driver shall
be punished by a fine of not less than $1,000 or more than $2,000,
and ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.
17. NRS 484.3667 is hereby amended to read as follows:
(a) In an area designated as a temporary traffic control zone
in which construction, maintenance or repair of a highway is conducted;
(b) At a time when the workers who are performing the construction,
maintenance or repair of the highway are present,
or when the effects of the act may be aggravated because of the
condition of the highway caused by construction, maintenance or
repair, including, without limitation, reduction in lane width,
reduction in the number of lanes, shifting of lanes from the designated
alignment and uneven or temporary surfaces, including, without
limitation, modifications to road beds, cement- treated bases,
chip seals and other similar conditions, shall be punished
by imprisonment or by a fine, or both, for a term or an amount
equal to and in addition to the term of imprisonment or amount
of the fine, or both, that the court imposes for the primary offense.
Any term of imprisonment imposed pursuant to this subsection runs
consecutively with the sentence prescribed by the court for the
crime. This subsection does not create a separate offense, but
provides an additional penalty for the primary offense, whose
imposition is contingent upon the finding of the prescribed fact.
A person who otherwise would be subject to an additional penalty
pursuant to this section is not relieved of any criminal liability
because signs are not erected as required by subsection 3 if the
violation results in injury to any person performing highway construction
or maintenance in the temporary traffic control zone or in damage
to property in an amount equal to $1,000 or more.
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