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362's Huber saluted for Vietnam service
Oct 12, 2015
The Bloomington Pantagraph recently profiled Vietnam veterans, including Laborers 362's Dennis Huber. As members of the 1st Marine Air Wing went about their business at the main helicopter base known as Marble Mountain, the supposed civilian fishing boats on nearby Vietnamese waters presented a picture of tranquility.
LIUNA 996's Lacey Sams featured on Peoria
Oct 01, 2015
For its September 2015 issue, Peoria's Women's View magazine featured LIUNA 996 member Lacey Sams on its cover and inside, posing in a "Rosie the Riveter" style.
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Paul Penn (1925-2015) honored by community
May 11, 2015
BLOOMINGTON — The fruits of Paul Penn's labor can be seen throughout the community.
362's Marcum children show great spirit
May 04, 2015
Parenting always has been three parts principles and action, and one part crapshoot. You provide comfort, offer support and instill guidance, followed by the one trait that all parents very quietly possess — holding your breath. Parenting can take a lot of oxygen.
Paul Penn receives WWII medals on 90th birthday
Apr 06, 2015
BLOOMINGTON — Paul Penn is rarely — if ever — seen without his "World War II Veteran" hat on his head. "He wears that constantly," said his son, John Penn.  The same was true Thursday when Paul Penn celebrated his 90th birthday with an influx of visitors stopping by his Bloomington home.
Curt Ralston: A man & the river
Jul 07, 2014
Growing up on the Kankakee River banks, Laborers Local 751 member Curt Ralston grew to love and know the river. As a union retiree, he actively works on river restoration, an effort that won him this year’s Illinois AFL-CIO Robert G. Gibson Community Service Award. Annually the state labor federation gives one award to a rank and file, community-oriented union member.
Serving the community : Arnie Carranza
Sep 05, 2013
It’s a long road from Mexico to a place of honor in Peoria’s 2013 Labor Day Parade, but Arnie Carranza made that journey. A Laborers Local 165 retiree and former officer, a community activist and friendly individual with a great reputation, Arnie was the Parade Marshal for Peoria’s 2013 Labor Day outing.
362's Gary Leake 2013 "Laborer of the Year"
Sep 04, 2013
September 2013 marks the retirement of Laborers Local 362 member and the United Way of McLean County’s Labor Liaison Gary Leake’s retirement.  Gary was also named 2013 "Laborer of the Year" by WJBC-AM and rode in the radio station's convertible in the Bloomington, Illinois Labor Day Parade.
Three Prymek brothers gain 50 year cards
Jul 26, 2013
At a union meeting, members address each other as “brother” and “sister.”  And there are also many related family members in a local union.  One of the great achievements any union member can complete is winning their 50 year card.  Three Iowa brothers recently completed that rare milestone.
Illinois Special Olympics recognizes LiUNA's David Hayes as "volunteer of the year"
Jun 20, 2013
It’s a long way from Seattle to Illinois State University, but Laborer David Hayes makes the trek annually to support Illinois Special Olympics (ISO) state games. David was named "Volunteer of the Year" for his 38 years on the field with the athletes.
Local 751 presents 50 year pin
Sep 28, 2012
Laborers Local 751 in September 2012 presented a 50-year-pin to William Prairie, who joined the Local on June 6, 1962.
Giving Back: LiUNA retirees contribute to the community
Aug 08, 2012
Throughout the ten state area within the Central portion of the United States encompassed by the Midwest Region of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, retired LIUNA Members and Spouses offer an amazing variety of services, programs and activities to Retirees, their families, their Local Unions, and to their respective Communities.
Paul Penn a "History Maker"
May 23, 2012
On June 14, 2012, the McLean County Historical Society is holding its first "History Makers" dinner at Illinois State University. That night civil rights pioneer, the late Caribel Washington, former county board chair Nancy Froelich and Laborers Local 362’s Paul Penn will be the honored "History Makers.
Laborers 165 Peoria salutes 65 year member Lawrence Stake
Mar 24, 2011

 

At their March 7, 2011 meeting, Laborers Local 165, Peoria, honored 65-year member Lawrence Stake.
 
Pictured here are: (Front Row - Left to Right)  - Ron Stake (30 yr mbr), Lawrence Stake (65yr mbr),  Tim Schmidgall, Business Manager, former business manager Mike LaHood; (Back Row - Left to Right) former business manager Charlie Shempf and former business manager Duane Demmin.

393's Jeralyn Cunningham honored by CLUW
Mar 11, 2011

 On Thursday, March 10 the Chicago Chapter Coalition of Labor Union Women held their 31st Annual Florence Criley Memorial Awards Banquet at the Martinique Ballroom in Chicago. Jeralyn Cunningham, Executive Board member of Laborers’ Local Union 393 was one of two honorees of the prestigious Florence Criley award. Jeralyn was recognized for her hard work and devotion to raising money for a statue to honor the “Radium Girls Memorial” project. She was also given special recognition as a leader in her community and union  for improving the lives and educating women and working families in the Illinois Valley. We are very proud and thankful for Jeralyn as our member and sister of our Union.

 

 

Pictured L-R: Sandra Coffee Vice-President of Coalition of Women, Jeralyn Cunningham, David Raikes, Local 393 Business manager, Madeline Piller and Katie Jordan President of the Coalition of Women.

 


Mike LaHood: From the NFL to LiUNA
Dec 29, 2010
From the football gridiron to Peoria Laborers Local 165 might be a long journey, but it’s the life circle of Mike LaHood, retired business manager of Local 165. Mike grew up in Peoria, Illinois and eventually played professional football, before returning to work as a Laborer and eventually becoming an officer of his local union.
What I learned at the Regina Polk School
Jul 08, 2010
 Robin Harrison, Laborers Local 231, was the steward who helped lead the 2009-2010 strike at PAL Heatlh Technologies, Inc., in Pekin, Illinois.  This past spring she attended the Regina V. Pok Women's Labor Leadership Conference, annually led by the University of Illinois' Labor Education Program
Laborer marks a century
Mar 29, 2010

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Taking action produces results - Mike Matejka
May 15, 2013
BLOOMINGTON/NORMAL—Taking action produces results. Effective action generates notable results.
Laborers 393 honors 50 year members
Feb 15, 2011

Union 393 recently honored two "Golden Members" who each marked 50 years of membership and service to Laborers' International Union of North America.

Joseph Tintorri from Peru worked for Ladd Construction his entire career. He worked on the initial building of Interstate 80 and other road construction in the late 1950s and 1960s. He worked mostly on bridge and deck crews building bridges and pouring concrete throughout the Midwest.

"This was the happiest time in my life when I was working," said Tintorri. "The concrete work was very hard and strenuous, you were always busy either carrying heavy materials or you always had a shovel, sledgehammer or jack hammer in your hands. But it was very rewarding work."

His wage when he started construction work was about $2 per hour.

William "Bill" Klinefelter from DePue also started his construction career working on the building of Interstate 80. He worked for J.P. Wetherby Construction Company of Ottawa.

Klinefelter started out pouring concrete on the road beds and bridge decks. He also worked on major gas and petroleum pipelines that crossed throughout the Midwest in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as serving as a union steward for the Laborers. He worked on the major addition to St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley and also was the dynamite blasting and tunneling man on many other road construction crews.

Klinefelter served on the executive board for Laborers' Local 287 in Spring Valley for 25 years.

"I am very grateful for all of the benefits and good wages that the union provided for myself and my family over the years," said Klinefelter.

Laborers' Local Union 393 has 18 Golden Members who each have 50 years or more of membership and service to the union.

Ottawa Times Feb. 13, 2011


 


Andres Ojeda: Apprentice politically involved
Mar 27, 2010

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Galesburg mourns 70 year member
Feb 15, 2013
Laborers Local 538, Galesburg, Illinois, on Monday, January 28, lost a 70-year union member, Jesse Ramirez. Ramirez was born in 1924 and joined Local 538 in 1943, working for 47 years, until 1990.  He married Francine Anson in 1956, she survives him.  Ramirez was also a union member of Cement Local 206, which he joined in 1946, making him a 67-year member of that local union.


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