Local Union 808 Governance

Local Union 808 is governed by the Laborers International Union of North America Constitutions and Local policy.  Our Executive Board is made up of members who are represented in a collective bargaining agreement negotiated and represented by Local Union 808. The election of officers is held every 3 years.  The Board governs the Local, sets policy and is responsible to ensure the business of the Local is being conducted properly.

         Karen Hazard, business manager

Karen Hazard has a wealth of experience as a union leader. She was the former Business Manager, President, Executive Board member and steward for Laborer’s Local 1134 at Zambarano Hospital. She has served Laborer’s Local 808 as a Field Representative and Auditor. Today she proudly serves as the Business Manager/District Council Delegate, along with being an Executive Board member of the Rhode Island Laborer’s District Council. She is directly responsible for the negotiations of 19 unique collective bargaining agreements for state, quasi,-school and municipal members. Karen has a great working relationship with all of Local 808’s Executive Board, Field Representatives and Stewards and is very receptive to member’s ideas and suggestions. Karen is an outspoken advocate for the issues that affect public employees and those of Local 808. A 28 year State employee,  she started out at the University of Rhode Island and has held the classifications of Cook’s Helper, Janitor, Stores Clerk Carpenter and Dietary Supervisor. As a member of the LiUNA Women’s Caucus Karen has been a champion of Workers Rights as well as Women, Minority and Gay and Lesbian Rights.                                             

Tom’s expertise has made him invaluable to our Local. His monthly reports and watchful eye keep our finances on track!

                  TOM DEFAZIO


Tom has over twenty-seven years of state fiscal experience as a Financial Management Officer in the Department of Administration. Tom's work experience has been in the preparation of state budgets and projections, financial reports and analysis, as well as auditing federal grants awarded to local cities, towns and nonprofits.


After retiring from the Navy, began a career with RI Emergency Management in 2002. Presently working as a REP Manager in addition to current Vice-Chairman of the State Emergency Response Commission. Has been a Local 808 steward for 10+ years and is always out-spoken on issues that affect our members. Paul was elected to President of Local Union 808 in 2014.

Paul’s outspoken and formidable nature makes him a true leader.

             paul D'Abbraccio                           PRESDIDENT

                claudia porrazzo                       vice president


Claudia has been employed by Superior Court for twenty-seven years and has been involved with Local 808 for the entire time. She has worked her way up through the ranks, initially as a steward, advancing to Recording Secretary, and now holds the position of Vice President.


     carla m  ciccone
            recording                           secretary

Carla focused her studies in college on Political Science and Literature. Shortly after graduation, she began her career with the Rhode Island Supreme Court and was appointed Steward.  As her interest in labor grew, so did her involvement and commitment to Local Union 808, and she eagerly took over as editor of the Local Union 808 Info-Line publication. Carla became a Field Representative in 2010 in which she began to broaden her knowledge by working with other agencies on behalf of our members. Most recently she was appointed to the Executive Board and was elected to the position of Recording Secretary in 2015. Carla is also a delegate to the Rhode Island District Council and the Providence Central Federated Council. Additionally, she founded and heads a non-profit animal rescue and is passionate about animal welfare.  In her spare time, Carla is an avid reader
and cites Thomas Pynchon's, Gravity Rainbow as a book she's been studying for years.

                              Judy KAWA                        Executive board

                              Judy KAWA
                       Executive board

Welcome to the Executive Board, Judy!  Bio coming soon!



Welcome to our newest Executive Board member - Khoren Souvalian!

                      Khoren souvalian
                        executive board