Construction union members to hold nightly vigil


Put this on the list of offbeat press releases of the week:

Construction union workers have promised to hold a candlelight vigil at the site of the proposed Las Vegas City Hall every night until the project breaks ground.

"We are committed to making sure it becomes a reality as quickly as possible," said Tommy White, head of the Laborers Union Local 872, in the release.

It starts today at 6 p.m. at Main Street and Lewis Avenue, where city leaders have proposed building a $150 million, 303,000-square-foot city hall. Another union — Culinary, which represents hotel and casino workers — has challenged the project as wasteful and risky.

Tom Morley of the Laborers Union said part of the vigil will be providing "spiritual leadership" in tough economic times.

"It's just to pray for the souls of the unemployed," he said, noting that at the end of the month 400 members are set to lose their health coverage because they've been unemployed for six months. "It's going to get worse as time goes by."

The Laborers Union made a big, noisy showing at Wednesday's Las Vegas City Council meeting in support of the project. Now it looks like they're taking the quiet, meditative route.


Here's the full release:

Members of the Las Vegas Building and Construction Trades announced today they will hold candlelight vigils at the site of the proposed new Las Vegas City Hall every night until the project breaks ground.

"This project is vital to revitalizing our economy and providing badly needed jobs for many out of work Las Vegans," said Tommy White, head of the Laborers Union Local 872. "We're committed to making sure it becomes a reality as quickly as possible."

Union officials estimate the project and others that are part of the City of Las Vegas' downtown redevelopment plan could generate 13,000 jobs.

"We know the people of Las Vegas support this project because we are the people," Randy Soltero, President of the Sheet Metal Workers, said. "I truly can't think of a better project than putting Las Vegans back to work, and that is exactly what this new city hall project will do."

The nightly candlelight vigil will take place at the site of the proposed city hall at Main Street and Lewis beginning this evening at 6:00 p.m.