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.
Union leaders, elected officials and residents of the Laborers’ Home Development facility on South Diamond Street in Jacksonville gathered recently to commemorate the conclusion of a year-long remodeling process.
The $4.5 million renovation included remodeled resident rooms, community areas, façade, landscaping and more. The project was made possible by a collaboration between Laborers’ Home Development and the Illinois Housing Development Authority, financing from Illinois National Bank, Worn Jerabek Architects and Morrissey Construction.
During the Annual National Fall Prevention Stand-Down, we highlight the tragedy of falls on construction sites. Falls from elevation are the leading cause of death in construction. In fact, falls account for one-third of construction fatalities, and cause 10,000 injuries and 250 deaths per year.
The American Society of Clinical Pathology celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week from April 19-25, 2015. This week we join them in recognizing the important role lab technicians play in a patent's medical experience. By skillfully and accurately testing medical tests and determining results, lab technicians contribute to overall patient care. We say thank you to lab technicians for their expertise and diligence on the job!
This week, we honor men and women who work as dispatchers. They are an integral part of public safety processes, and having skilled people in those roles is incredibly important. Thank you, dispatchers!
On April 14, 2015 we celebrate the people who staff libraries. They do the important work of opening the world of reading and information to children and adults. Their expertise helps students of all ages learn and grow. Thank you, library workers!
Laborers Turn Out to Oppose Rauner's Anti-Worker Agenda
Several local government bodies are considering agenda pushed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that would attack working people and the unions that fight for them, but labor is fighting back.
The 2015 National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week was held March 23-27th. This year's theme is "Expect the Unexpected". The campaign calls attention to the need for Motorist approaching and traveling through Work Zones to SLOW DOWN-STAY OFF THE PHONE-OBEY WORK ZONE SIGNS!
In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 23,000 significant injuries due to assaults in the workplace. Over 70 percent were in the healthcare and social service settings. Healthcare and social service workers are almost four times as likely to be injured as a result of violence than the average private sector worker.
The Midwest Region Laborers' Health and Safety Fund has materials related to workplace violence prevention upon request.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued two opinions on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed "Right to Work" (for less) Zones and on local compliance with the Prevailing Wage Act. In both cases, the Attorney General sides with working people and organized labor. You can read Madigan's opinion on "Right to Work (for less)" Zones here, and the Prevailing Wage Act here. You can read the most recent Illinois Legislative Update, prepared by the Midwest Region Governmental Affairs Department, here.
Work Zone Safety Awareness Week is March 23-27
This year's theme is "Expect the Unexpected". The campaign calls attention to the need for Motorists approaching and traveling through Work Zones to SLOW DOWN-STAY OFF THE PHONE-OBEY WORK ZONE SIGNS!
SWLDC Business Manager Reno Hammond Honored With Leadership Award
On February 21, the North East Oklahoma Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists presented Southwest Laborers' District Council Business Manager Reno Hammond with the Black History Dare to Dream Award in recognition of his support and advocacy for the organization.