The Laborers' International Union of North America is one of the most progressive and strongest unions in the country. Over 500,000 strong, LIUNA is the eighth largest labor organization in America, representing a skilled and diverse workforce. Laborers are construction workers, government workers, health care providers, industrial employees, service workers, and educators.
Several Laborers recently were appointed to leadership positions in community groups in Austin, TX.
On the first day of the 2015 Indiana Legislative Session, three Indiana Republicans introduced bills to weaken or repeal the state's Common Construction Wage law. The CCW applies to public works projects over $350,000 and ensures workers are paid a wage that is decent and reasonable for the area. One bill would raise the dollar amount over which the law applies to $1 million, and the other two bills would repeal the law entirely. Without the law, local Indiana workers would lose jobs to out-of-state workers. To learn more about the Common Construction Wage in Indiana, click here.
Though no one wants to think about it, someday we will all have a major unexpected cost. Your car might break down, your water heater will go out, or your child might have a major unexpected medical expense. Plus, you might want to save up for something fun, such as a vacation, a boat or a special gift for your spouse. For these reasons, it is important to take a good look at your finances and make sure that how you live now doesn’t limit how you live in retirement.
Just one week before graduating from high school, two 18-year olds in Iowa City interviewed for entry into the Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship program with Lynn Pickard, Director of the Iowa Laborers Education and Training Fund. Much to their guidance counselors’ surprise, before they donned their caps and gowns to strut across the stage to receive their diplomas, they had hard hats in hand, and proudly walked up to their first job sites earning $17.25 per hour with a $10.00 per hour benefit package.
The Marines have been part of the American armed forces since the American Revolution. On this day in the year 1775 the Second Continental Congress established the Continental Marines. Nov. 10 is regarded as the official Marine Corps birthday. After the American Revolution, as an official act of Congress the United States Marine Corps was established in 1798.
Happy 239th birthday, U.S.M.C., and thank you, Marines, for your brave service to our country. Have a ball and eat some cake!
On Friday, October 24, about 40 people gathered to celebrate the beginning of a new affordable-housing complex in Paris, IL. The development, Maple Ridge II, is a project of the Laborers’ Home Development Corporation and will be adjacent to the existing LHDC Maple Ridge complex in Paris.
Visit Our Veterans Page for Veterans Committee Updates and Information on VA Services
Be sure to visit the Midwest Region Laborers' Veterans Committee Web site for news, updates and information regarding services available to Military Veterans from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs as well as the activities of the Veterans Steering Committee and Local Veterans Committees across the Midwest Region. The page has recently been updated with advice on determining your eligibility for medical care through a VA provider. Click here to learn more about the Veterans Committee and to register your status as a Military Veteran with the Laborers!
LHDC Jacksonville Facility Undergoing $4.2m in Upgrades
A Laborers’ Home Development Corporation affordable-housing facility in Jacksonville, IL is undergoing major renovations, and will result in brighter, more modern accommodations for residents. The work is being done with union labor, including members of Laborers’ Local 477.