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.
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!
From October 6-12, we honor food service staff during Dietary Workers’ Week. Dietary workers such as cooks and servers in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and dining halls keep mealtimes running smoothly and make sure people are fed. Especially in health care facilities, good nutrition can help people heal, and in schools, a balanced meal helps keep growing kids strong. The people who help prepare and provide these meals deserve our thanks!
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.
This week, we say “thank you” to our members who work in custodial services, keeping our facilities neat and clean. From day-to-day tasks like sweeping and mopping to clearing snow and ice from walkways when the weather gets bad, custodians keep the buildings they service in good working order. For all the important, sometimes unseen work they do, the Laborers extend our appreciation to custodial service workers.
What could be easier — and more popular — than walking? It’s low-impact, easy, inexpensive (all you need is a good pair of shoes), and has multiple health benefits, including emotional/psychological/mental lift, more energy, improved sleep, better weight control, and lower risk for many chronic conditions.
Walktober is a month-long program to inspire Laborers to make walking a priority in their day. This program is open to all members at no cost. Participants will log their daily walk, in number of steps or minutes, online, and can track personal progress and compete against others as individuals or a team. Everyone who completes the program will be entered in a drawing to win a fitness prize from Midwest Region Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund.
Beginning Sept. 22, click here to register for Walktober. Mark the date and get ready to step up to a healthier you.
During this week, we honor our members who work in housekeeping and environmental services in hotels, hospitals and other facilities. These employees work hard to keep working and living spaces clean, safe and healthy. In hotels, this includes cleaning guest rooms after each guest checks out, and keeping common areas tidy. This work provides a more enjoyable guest experience and work space for hotel employees.
In addition, good housekeeping staff is especially important in hospitals, where a clean and sanitary environment can reduce the risk of infection or complications for patients and other hospital workers, and create a more positive experience for patients and their families.
Laborers’ Local 177, in Des Moines, IA, is extending a helping hand and a “thank you” to military Veterans who want to become Laborers, by waiving their initiation fees to join the union.
Laborers’ Local 110, in St. Louis, MO, recently came together to socialize and give back to the community. The Local has held a picnic and food drive at Grant’s Farm for several years, and this year more than 1100 members and family members attended and donated a total of $3698.00 and 3,224 pounds of food to be distributed to food banks in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which recently has been experiencing tough times.
Many Bloomington-Normal area Laborers joined Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at their union hall Thursday, August 14 as he announced that the state's unemployment rate had dropped to 6.8% for the month of July, down from 9.2% a year earlier in July 2013. LiUNA! Vice President and Midwest Regional Manager John F. Penn introduced the governor to the crowd at the press conference. Gov. Quinn spoke about the importance of quality construction and manufacturing jobs in Illinois. To read more about the event, click here.
President Obama just signed into law the bill that allows veterans to seek private care outside VA facilities, and provides money for the VA to hire more doctors and nurses. This effort came after reports that some veterans had waited months to get care from the VA. To read more about the legislation, click here.