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.
This week, members of Congress acted on two big issues for Veterans. The Senate confirmed former Proctor & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as Secretary of the Veterans' Administration, replacing Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson, who took over after Eric Shinseki resigned in May.
In addition, Congress reached a last-minute deal on funding for the VA. Part of the plan will allow Veterans who live more than 40 miles away from a VA medical facility or have had a wait time of more than 30 days for an appointment to see a private doctor, which will be paid for by the government.
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The US Senate yesterday passed a slightly different version of Highway Trust Fund “patch” than the House did two weeks ago. The patch involves using federal (non-gas tax) revenue to make up for what the gas tax did not bring in over the last two years.
This week, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law an additional $1.1 billion for road and bridge improvements for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015). That brings the statewide program for the fiscal year up to $2.9 billion. IDOT has now incorporated those state projects into their FY 2015 project list to create a comprehensive list, which can be viewed here.
Retired Laboer Curt Ralston, a member of Local 751 in Kankakee, IL, recently received the Illinois AFL-CIO Robert G. Gibson Community Service Award for his work restoring the Kankakee River.
In May 2014, 30 Laborers who had served in the armed forces between 1950 and 1953 and their guests toured historical sites, national monuments and LiUNA! International Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The "Getting Schooled in Infrastructure" school bus tour continued to Springfield, IL on July 14. In sight of the state Capitol, Laborers and other community leaders spoke in support of additional federal funding to repair our nation's roads and bridges.
The Midwest Region Governmental Affairs Department has posted a new Federal Legislative Update, focusing on the Federal Highway Trust Fund. It can be viewed here.
The Laborers' International Union of North America's "Getting Schooled in Infrastructure" bus tour, demonstrating the kind of catastrophe that could take place if Congress does not act to approve more funding to repair our nation's roads and bridges, passed through Central Illinois in mid-July. Many Laborers and other local supporters gathered in Bloomington on July 12, 2014 to call attention to the disrepair of American infrastructure and to rally in support of a federal highway bill.
The Midwest Region Laborers' Government Affairs department has recently posted Congressional Voting Reports to our web site. Click here to read more.