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LIUNA derives its strength
from its large membership,
and uses that strength to make
sure your voice is heard
both in your home state
and in Washington DC.

LIUNA Local 1776
is the most active
National Guard employee organization in the country,
and we invite you to join us
so that we can be even
stronger on your behalf.





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We Proudly Represent Technicians and Title 5 Employees of the Army and Air National Guard
 Latest News About Us
The Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) National Guard Council (NGC) Local 1776 was chartered on January 1, 2015, in order to unite all LIUNA National Guard Locals under one banner in order to provide more effective representation to the more than 5,000 National Guard Dual-Status & Non-Dual Status Technician employees we represent. It is the successor of the LIUNA National Guard District Council (NGDC). 

Our History

LIUNA began representing National Guard employees in 1998. Originally, the LIUNA National Guard bargaining unit was divided into separate Union Locals, each independent and autonomous of each other. In 2010, the NGDC was chartered to oversee administrative and representational functions for all LIUNA National Guard Locals, however the Locals retained their autonomy and independence. The NGDC operated from December 2010 to December 2014. After 4 years of successful operation it was decided that the needs of the members would be even better served if all Locals were combined into one.     

Our Mission

To protect the pay, benefits, and workplace-rights of both Dual and Non-Dual Status Technicians of the Army and Air National Guard. We accomplish this through collective bargaining, member representation and training, and political action. 

Who We Represent

Dual Status Technicians and Title 5 Employees in the following states:

Air National Guard

New Mexico
South Carolina

Army National Guard

New Mexico
South Carolina
South Dakota

National Guard Reform

Related Articles:

- FY18 Sec 574 Report Comments by LIUNA
- FY17 NDAA Bill and HASC Report 114-840 (PDF)
- FY17 NDAA Limits TAG Authority (Dec 27, 2016)
- FY17 NDAA: Delays T5, Provides Techs MSPB Access (Oct 15, 2016)
- Reforming the National Guard Technician Program (June 6, 2016)
- Sen. Jack Reed Introduces National Guard Legislation (May 23, 2014)

- VIDEO: Sen. Reed NDAA Floor Statement (techs mentioned at 10:30)
- PDF: Sen. Reed NDAA Floor Statement (techs mentioned on pg. 2)
- LIUNA NGC Political Action Page
- McCain, Reed as Partners on Senate Armed Services
- Section 519 Study & CNA Final Report

 LIUNA Local 1776 In The News
EANGUS New Patriot Magazine Video Print

Technician's Corner
 -2016 Spring Edition (Page 13)
 -2016 Summer Edition (Page 11)
 -2016 Fall/Winter Edition (Page 13)

-NBC Bay Area Special Report (2013)
-NBC Bay Area Suicide Investigation (2013)
-NBC Bay Area LOD Investigation (2015)

Other News
-Journal Gazette (June 2016)
-Salt Lake City Sentinel (February 2016)
-NARFE Magazine (August 2015)

 Technician Life  Other Stories

DoD to Adopt DOL Workplace Injury & Illness Compensation Claim Portal

LIUNA Local 1776 Business Manager
Ben Banchs Testifies before National Commission on the Future of the Army

Tells panel technicians are more experienced & more affordable than active duty counterparts

July 16, 2015 (Arlington, VA) - Local 1776 Business Manager Ben Banchs appeared before the National Commission on the Future of the Army today on behalf of Army National Guard Technicians everywhere to let panel members know that the secret to the National Guard's success is the affordability and experience of its small yet knowledgeable technician workforce.

National Guard Corruption
Corruption in Arizona
Corruption in California
Corruption in Louisiana
Corruption in Michigan
Corruption in Texas
ECOMP Replaces Troublesome NGB OWCP Process

June 9, 2015 (NEW ORLEANS) – The Department of Defense (DoD) has started migrating all civilian employee injury compensation claims to the Department of Labor's ECOMP web-based application.
The National Guard has activated access to the ECOMP web site effective June 8th.

Employees who experience a workplace injury or illness should go to the ECOMP site and initiate a claim. Unlike the previous EDI application, ECOMP is accessible from non-government computers and does not require CAC access. If you have any questions about the new system or need assistance filing a claim please click on the Workers Compensation link above, or feel free to contact your State Representative.

NGB Rescinds Controversial Language From All Dual-Status PDs

"...does not fall within the scope of the National Guard Technician Act
 of 1968..."  

New Orleans, LA (March 11, 2014) - Guidance recently issued by NGB suggest that management of the National Guard (NG) dual-status technician (DST) program is taking a step in the right direction.
Military Uniform Does Not Equal Pay/Duty Status for Dual-Status Technicians

Sequestration Serves to Settle Long Standing Debate; Uniform Merely a Condition of Civilian Employment

New Orleans, LA (July 4, 2013)
- As the Nation celebrates Independence Day and showers itself in patriotism and fireworks, there's a group of about 52,000 men and women who are feeling outright rejected for their service to their country.


 More National Guard Stories
 NGB  California
NGB Misled the EEOC About Rep's Lack of Experience

Claimed EEO Manager was Inexperienced; Recognized Him for Being "One of the best in his field..."

New Orleans, LA (May 10, 2013)
- As we previously reported, the National Guard Bureau's (NGB) is trying to convince Congress to enact legislation that would change who's responsible for hearing dual-status technician complaints of harassment, discrimination, and even sexual assault.
NGB Decides It's Easier to Change the Law than to Actually Follow It

Attempts to Strip Away Equal Employment (EEO) Protections from Military Technicians

New Orleans, LA (May 4, 2013)
- At a time when the US Air Force is coming under fire because a top General used his legal discretion to overturn a jury conviction of sexual assault against a fellow officer, it would seem odd that another branch of the DoD would be thinking...
129th RQW Troubles Continue; Officer with DUI Conviction Fills High Profile Positions, Awaits Promotion

Appointment of Same Officer to Fulfill the Role of Both SARC and PAO is Glaring Conflict of Interest

Mountain View, CA (June 9, 2013) - The troubles continue to mount for the leadership of the 129th Rescue Wing (RQW) based at Moffett Field in Mountain View California, and for Major General David Baldwin who continues to sit on the sidelines pretending everything is fine.
More Troubles for the 129th RQW; Another Officer with DUI Arrest Fills High Profile Position, Baldwin Does Nothing

Leadership Void Plainly Evident Within the Ranks of the California National Guard

Sacramento, CA (September 4, 2013) – Troubling new information continues to surface about the leadership of the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing (RQW).

The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same

USA Today Documents Rampant Corruption At Highest Guard Levels...
Over 10 Years Ago!

New Orleans, LA (December 17, 2012) - With all the recent stories about corruption in the California National Guard, we felt it was important to provide some context and remind our readers of a very thorough USA Today Investigative Report into the National Guard, which took place well over 10 years ago.
NBC/LIUNA Cross Paths: Kathryn Lindberg's Story Validates Corruption Claims

Career Pilot Was Grounded For Raising Concerns About Discrimination

New Orleans, LA (November 19, 2012) - As NBC continues to look into allegations of corruption, their investigation has crossed-paths with a case the Union became involved with ...
CA Air National Guard Whistleblower Attempts Suicide

Guard Leadership Sends Employment Termination Paperwork to ER Via Courier as She Lay Semi-conscious in Hospital

Mountain View, CA (May 14, 2013) - Master Sergeant Jessica Brown, an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) member of the 129th Rescue Wing (RQW) based at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, attempted suicide last Thursday, May 9th, after apparently finding out...
 USERRA    Social Security WEP
Changes to USERRA Law and What it Means to Guardsmen

New Orleans, LA (April 22, 2011) – The FY12 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contained a provision that has gone largely unnoticed, but one that will have a significant impact on National Guard members who are ordered to stateside active duty by either the President or the Secretary of Defense, from now on. 

Section 575 of the FY12 NDAA changes the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) to exclude...
Justice: Missouri Guard violated USERRA rights

March 13, 2015 - The Missouri National Guard will give leave credits to 138 civilian National Guard technicians, and has agreed to rescind policies that allegedly violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as part of a settlement with the Justice Department, according to an announcement Thursday. The settlement involves the case of Guard member Kinata Holt, who was forced to quit her job as a civilian National Guard dual technician...
Explaining the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals WEP Decision

Decision Will Have A Significant Impact on Technician Retirement Calculations

New Orleans, LA (April 9, 2012) – In February of 2009 the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a person who retires as a Dual-Status Technician of the Army or Air National Guard is excepted from the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). Even though the case was decided over 3 years ago, it just recently made its way to the forefront, and over the last few weeks several members and outside organizations, including NGAUS and EANGUS, asked us to weigh in on the meaning of the decision, and the potential impact it would have on retired Dual-Status Technicians.


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