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  • The Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund assists union members and signatory contractors by coordinating activities to increase worker productivity and decrease worker injuries in a safer, healthier workplace.

  • Laborers’ Training Funds throughout the Midwest Region combine classroom and hands-on activities, taught by experienced, trained Laborers, to teach our members the skills they need to do a quality job safely.

  • The Laborers appreciate and honor our Veterans and their service to our country.

  • Laborers’ Home Development Corporation develops quality, affordable housing in under-served communities, creating jobs for our members and union contractors.


An informed union member is an active union member. Many people do not enjoy the cat fight of politics, yet the politician’s pass laws that impact every Laborer's wages, hours, safety conditions and job opportunities. That is why it is important to understand issues in our city halls, state houses and Washington,D.C. (read more)


If you are a LIUNA member approaching or in retirement, chances are you will be able to take advantage of the benefits you and your Local Union have worked for over the years. Our members are fortunate to reap the rewards of collective action made possible by joining the Laborers’ Union. (read more)


Laborers’ Veterans Committee is a District Council and Local Business Managers and retired members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  The purpose of our committee is to assist our veteran and active-duty Laborers, and their families by informing them of their rights, providing benefit information, and holding the government and elected officials accountable for their service-related needs. (read more)


Sisters of Union Laborers (SOUL) was formed in 2011 by the Midwest Regional Laborers’ International Union of North America Vice President John F. Penn as part of the Midwest Regional office’s Membership Education Mobilization Program.  SOUL was created to help educate members, their families and their communities on issues important to our lives, our union, our community, and our paycheck. (read more)


President Obama Signs Veterans Administration Reform Bill into Law

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.

Local 110 Business Agent Says Vote YES on Missouri's Transportation Tax

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Laborers' Local 110 Business Agent Ronny Griffin recently had a letter published in the St. Louis American urging a YES vote on Amendment 7, the transportation tax, on Missouri's primary ballot on Tuesday, August 5. He writes, "So why support Amendment 7? All of us rely on transportation, whether it is by using our own vehicles or by taking the bus or Metro trains every day of our lives to get somewhere – work, the store or to a friend’s house."

Click here to read the article in the St. Louis American.






Congress Acts on Two Big Veterans' Issues Before August Recess

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.

Follow our Laborers' Midwest Region Military Veterans Facebook page for Veterans' news and updates!

With August Recess Looming, U.S. Senate and House Pass Competing Highway Trust Fund "Patches"

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. 


Illinois Governor Quinn Approves Additional $1.1B for Transportation


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.




Laborers' Local 751 Retiree Curt Ralston Honored for Volunteer Work

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.


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Midwest Region Korean War Veterans Honored with Trip to D.C.

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.


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