Dennis L. Martire: Strengthening Unions for the Mutual Benefit of Workers and Employers
August 21, 2023
Years ago, Dennis L. Martire exhibited unwavering dedication by collaborating with Montgomery County, Maryland officials to successfully advocate for the enactment of a prevailing wage law. This legislation aimed to ensure that working families could consistently rely on receiving fair wages from their employers. Beyond this crucial objective, prevailing wage laws serve an additional purpose: securing a more substantial return on public investments. Extensive research consistently reveals that prevailing wage laws do not inflate costs for employers; rather, they enhance worker efficiency, leading to quicker and smoother completion of public works projects. In essence, this upfront investment leads to long-term savings for taxpayers.
Dennis L. Martire embarked on his illustrious career with the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) in 1990. Nearly three decades later, he continues to serve as Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager for this venerable labor union, a role he has held since January 2002. This journey represents a remarkable evolution from his initial position in April 1990 when he assumed the role of an International Representative for the LIUNA Jurisdictional Disputes Department.
Throughout the past three decades, Dennis L. Martire has consistently emerged as a leader in numerous highly successful LiUNA initiatives. One such initiative allowed workers on Fluor-Lane’s expansion of Route 495 Hot Lanes Project to choose whether to join this esteemed union. This pivotal initiative proved its significance when the workers overwhelmingly voted to become members of LiUNA Local 11. It stands as one of the most remarkable union victories in the Virginia construction industry in recent memory. Subsequently, Dennis L. Martire transitioned to the union's Laborers' Construction Department, initially as an assistant Director and later as the Director of that department.
Dennis L. Martire's dedication to fostering strong unions that benefit both workers and employers is a testament to his enduring commitment to the labor movement's ideals. His legacy reflects a tireless pursuit of fairness and progress for all involved in the labor force.