LIUNA Local 78 represents asbestos, lead and hazardous waste handlers in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. The Local’s 3,500 members are the hard-working employees for nearly 200 signatory environmental contractors, performing 75% of all asbestos removal in the area.

LIUNA Local 78 was organized in 1996 by the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA). On its first day, the Local had 1,500 members. Since then, due to aggressive organizing and an active membership, the Local has grown steadily. Local 78 was granted jurisdiction over asbestos and lead abatement in Long Island in 2002 and throughout the state of New Jersey in 2008.



Pawel Gruchacz
Pawel GruchaczBusiness Manager
Joel Burgos
Joel BurgosSecretary-Treasurer
212-227-4803 ext. 115
Jan Sanislo
Jan SanisloPresident
212-227-4803 ext. 114


Jose Santana, Vice President
Tania Salazar, Executive Board Member
Ruth Ruales, Executive Board Member
Manuel Tenesaca, Auditor
Freddy Parra, Auditor

Joel Burgos, Secretary-Treasurer
Jan Sanislo, President
Jaroslav Arendac, Sergeant-at-Arms
Arkadiusz Olszewski, Auditor