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Agricultural visas for construction work don't serve our community
A thoughtful piece from Fortunato Salamone on why importing construction workers hurts communities, especially rural ones. http://www.rrstar. Read More...
The secret money behind anti-union campaigns...
Wisconsin's Bradley Foundation is a prime funder of systematic campaigns to erode workers' rights http://www.prwatch.org/news/2017/05/13239/bradley-foundation-bankrolls-attacks-unions
Booming construction - low wages - construction in the "right to work for less" South
There are many tower cranes and new condos going up across the Southern U.S.  But what are construction wages like in these "right to work" (for less), low union membership states. Read More...
Download: BBS Full Report Digital.pdf
It's not the immigrants - it's the businesses who bring them
A powerful piece in the New Yorker about Case Farms, a LIUNA organizing drive in the 1990s, and how the meat packing industry attracts immigrant workers and then abuses them. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/08/exploitation-and-abuse-at-the-chicken-plant
LIUNA 177 leads youth training outreach in Dubuque
More than 100 area students got an up-close glimpse at a career in the trades during the Construction Industry Career Expo Thursday at Portzen Construction Co. in Dubuque. The expo features 10 trade demonstrations, allowing students to do everything from hook up electrical wiring to operate a jackhammer. Read More...
A Republican admits - cutting workers' wages doesn't save money
A video has surfaced from a forum April 24 in Milwaukee, WI where Republican Indiana House Assistant Majority Leader Ed Soliday angrily reveals that similar legislation passed in Indiana which went into effect in 2015 "hasn't saved a penny. Read More...
H2B visas negatively impact Illinois workers
Granting H2B visas for non-US construction workers has a negative impact of Illinois wages.  https://illinoisupdate.com/2017/05/03/the-h-2b-guest-worker-program-unnecessarily-lowers-construction-worker-wages-in-illinois/
Standing for fairness in the Quad Cities
Non-union Brandt workers demand fairness and safe jobs. http://qctimes.com/business/brandt-workers-and-supporters-rally-for-better-working-conditions-wages/article_d74dcb4b-f111-563f-9bff-89e862aef119.html
Cutting construction prevailing wages doesn't hurt budgets

Two of the nation's most prestigious think tanks show cutting construction workers' prevailing wages (Davis-Bacon Act) has zero budget impact.

https://illinoisupdate.com/2017/03/09/two-top-u-s-research-organizations-repealing-the-davis-bacon-act-would-have-0-effect-on-federal-spending/

Labor - Business united to boost infrastructure spending
Business groups and unions are bulking up lobbying budgets and coordinating efforts to put pressure on Congress not to let President Donald Trump’s infrastructure spending plans fall through the cracks on Capitol Hill. Read More...
Modernizing & Maintaining our energy infrastructure: Congressional Testimony of LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan
Chairman Upton, it is an honor to be invited to this hearing. On behalf of the 500,000 strong, proud, and united men and women of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), thank you for the opportunity to offer testimony to your committee. Read More...
Union construction worker by day, pin-up in the off hours

Laborers 309 member Jenna Wardlow works construction by day, does vintage pin-up and photography in her off-hours.

http://www.qconline.com/news/local/construction-worker-by-day-dolled-up-pinup-by-night/article_876e5e77-f145-5be6-9206-e05ebf8903d3.html

LIUNA GP O'Sullivan on "Morning Joe" talking about Trump meeting
http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/union-leaders-extremely-encouraged-by-trump-862295619874
LIUNA General President O'Sullivan meets with Trump
Washington, D.C. Read More...
Senate Democrats unveil $1 trillion Infrastructure plan
From the Washington Post:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democrats-set-to-unveil-a-trump-style-infrastructure-plan/2017/01/23/332be2dc-e1b3-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html?utm_term=.a229d1e89b17
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