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.
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.
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Austin school trustees pass Laborer-supported prevailing wages on future work
The trustees of the Austin, TX public schools recently voted in support of prevailing wages on $490 million in future bond projects and new construction. Laborers supported the measure and were in attendance during the vote. Laborers' Local 753 Business Manager Jeremy Hendricks spoke to the Austin American-Statesman about the measure.
SCILDC Business Manager Clint Taylor speaks on the benefits of fracking
Laborers in Marion, IL, recently partipated in a gathering in support of fracking. The event was covered by the Southern Illinoisan, and Southern & Central Illinois Laborers' District Council Business Manager Clint Taylor is quoted discussing the benefits fracking would bring to the area.
Alliance for Retired Americans Releases Congressional Voting Record Ratings
The Alliance for Retired Americans recently released their annual Congressional voting record report: "On Thursday, the Alliance released its annual report detailing the voting record of every U.S. Representative and Senator on issues important to current and future retirees. The voting record looks at 10 key votes in both the Senate and the House and assigns a "Pro-Retiree" score for each member of Congress. Scores reflect a member's level of support for retirees and older Americans."