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    On April 28, we will mark Workers Memorial Day in the U.S. and the National Day of Mourning in Canada to honor those killed, maimed or sickened on the job. Days later we commemorate the May Day heroes who died for workers rights 134 years ago. Perhaps never in our lifetimes have these events been so relevant to the core mission of our union, to our families and to our nations.

    New Report Shows Wind Power is Driving Critical Economic Growth in Illinois The country’s top choice for new power significantly increased its role in Illinois in 2019, capturing over $1 billion in new investment, doubling payments to Illinois landowners, and surging to 3rd in the country for wind employment.

    Midwest Region LIUNA is keeping up to date with COVID-19 information: check it out at https://www.midwestlaborers.

    Long before anyone gave much thought to a viral pandemic or contemplated 20% unemployment rates or seriously considered passing along a $600 boost to unemployment checks or bailing out the airline industry, experts were fretting about the state of U.S. public infrastructure — all those roads and bridges, pipes and wires, runways and transit systems that keep the economy moving.

    On March 31, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a rule making it harder for workers to win and keep a union. At the same time, the Trump NLRB has suspended all union elections, including mail ballot elections.

    On Thursday, March 26, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced new rule to speed people seeking unemployment compensation   Last names with A-M are encouraged to go on-line on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday to file. Names from N-Z are encouraged to file on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    Download: 21310-IDES_Taking_Steps_to_Address_Unprecedented_Volume_of_Unemployment_Claims.pdf

    These attachments from the University of Iowa Labor Center offer excellent advice on COVID 19 & the workplace
    Download: iowa_worker_rights_during_covid-19.pdf

    Recommended COVID-19 Response Plan for Construction Employers The Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) recognizes that LIUNA signatory employers are committed to ensuring the safety and health of their workforce, including taking the appropriate steps to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus known as SARs-CoV-2 and the disease it causes, COVID-19.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Your advocacy for LIUNA apprenticeship programs made a difference. The Department of Labor's decision on IRAPs validated what you and your brothers and sisters already know, union registered apprenticeship programs are the gold standard.

    Everyone counts and you could make the difference. How many federal dollars will there be for road repairs?  To feed hungry families?  How many representatives will your state have in Congress?  Is your community going to get its fair share? There’s only one way to ensure our community gets treated properly – answer the census. The every ten year U.


    Note: For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, see the Fund's new fact sheet: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Prepare & Respond without Panic. For a PDF of this document, contact the Fund's Communications department.

    Nathan “Chiko” Russo, a life-time west-side Bloomington resident and a Laborers Local 362 member, is running to represent McLean County District 8. “I’m a life-time resident on the west-side,” Russo said.  “I worship at the same church as generations of my family before me have and I attended local public schools.

    "#LIUNA commends #Congress for fully repealing the 40 percent '#cadillactax' in the end of year continuing resolution.

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