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.
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.
For Laborers who are not currently eligible for health coverage through their Health and Welfare Fund, Midwest Laborers’ Private Health Exchange offers a health coverage option that fulfills Affordable Care Act requirements. Our Private Health Exchange offers self-pay health coverage options such as dental plans, prescription drug plans and more. Please visit MPLHE.com to learn more or call (815) 316-0645. In addition, the Midwest Region continues to offer self-pay add-on benefit options which you can view on our Benefits PLUS page by clicking here.
Many of the state legislatures in the Midwest Region seem to be operating from the same anti-union playbook when it comes to issues facing working people. To read more about Right-to-Work (for less), Prevailing Wage, Paycheck Deception and more, click here:
The week of February 23-28 is America Saves Week, encouraging Americans to adopt a good savings habit. On the America Saves Web site, there are tools to assess your savings progress and test your savings knowledge. And you can click here to read more about Financial Wellness for Laborers.
Visit our Government Affairs Legislative Updates page to read the latest report on newly inaugurated Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's State of the State Address, in which he laid out his anti-union, anti-worker policy goals. Click here to see all of our Illinois Legislative Updates.
Several Laborers recently were appointed to leadership positions in community groups in Austin, TX.
On the first day of the 2015 Indiana Legislative Session, three Indiana Republicans introduced bills to weaken or repeal the state's Common Construction Wage law. The CCW applies to public works projects over $350,000 and ensures workers are paid a wage that is decent and reasonable for the area. One bill would raise the dollar amount over which the law applies to $1 million, and the other two bills would repeal the law entirely. Without the law, local Indiana workers would lose jobs to out-of-state workers. To learn more about the Common Construction Wage in Indiana, click here.