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How Today's Unions Help Working People
August 28, 2017 - CLDC
How Today's Unions Help Working People: Giving workers the power to improve their jobs and unrig the economy, by Josh Bivens et al. EPI August 24, 2017 Americans have always joined together—whether in parent teacher associations or local commun…
Rauner Rejects Workers' Compensation Cost Savings for Employers
August 23, 2017 - CLDC LMCC LECET
Gov. Bruce Rauner has sided with big insurance companies and against Illinois employers, House Speaker Michael J. Madigan said, criticizing the governor’s veto of legislation offering Illinois businesses the ability to reduce workers’ com…
One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.
August 10, 2017 - CLDC
LIUNA Local 1001 members work one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. - collecting Chicago's garbage. In fact, garbage workers are far more likely to die on the job than police officers or professional firefighters. States Hope to Make One of the …
Walkout at UPS By Subcontractor's Janitorial Employees Enters Fifth Day
July 25, 2017 - CLDC
WALKOUT AT U.P.S. BY SUBCONTRACTOR’S JANITORIAL EMPLOYEES ENTERS FIFTH DAY About 60 employees of U.P.S. janitorial subcontractor Midway Building Services are on strike over pay and benefits at the U.P.S. Consolidated Hub facility in Hodgkins, I…
Chicagoland Area Laborers New Part Owners of Chicago Sun-Times
July 13, 2017 - CLDC
Chicagoland Area Laborers New Part Owners of Chicago Sun-Times Laborers represented by the LIUNA Chicago Laborers’ District Council are part of a group of investors who announced purchase of the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, and the straig…
The Right Wing Distorts “Freedom”
July 10, 2017 - CLDC
The Right Wing Distorts “Freedom” By Lee Saunders A week ago, as the nation prepared to celebrate Independence Day, I wrote a column in The Hill about the role labor unions play in promoting freedom. Working people, I argued, deserve the …
Bi-Partisan Balanced Budget Ends Historic Impasse
July 6, 2017 - CLDC LMCC LECET
As of July 6 Illinois finally has a balanced bi-partisan budget after two years of devastating impasse thanks to legislators from both parties in the House and Senate. The balanced bi-partisan budget restores funding to IDOT projects so that Laborers…
Layoffs Begin as State Shuts Down Road Projects
July 3, 2017 - CLDC LMCC LECET
The Illinois Department of Transportation has suspended projects as of July 1 due to the lack of a state budget. This shutdown impacts highway, rail, transit and aeronautics projects that involve contracts that have been let and awarded by the state,…
Governor Rauner Threatens Thousands of Construction Jobs
June 28, 2017 - LMCC
Wayne Hedley, construction Laborer, to Governor Rauner, “Please, don’t forget about me and my family.” June 30 is a crucial deadline for roughly 30,000 construction workers and their families in Illinois because if Governor Rauner d…
IDOT Shutdown Could Cost Thousands of Jobs and Millions of Dollars
June 20, 2017 - LECET
A protracted shutdown of planned road and bridge projects could shrink the Illinois economy by nearly $2 billion on net, eliminate 23,000 jobs, and cost taxpayers up to $270 million over the next year. A new study by the Illinois Economic Policy Inst…