Chicago Laborers’ District Council Endorses JB Pritzker for Democratic Nominee for Illinois Governor

May 17, 2017 - CLDC

Chicago Laborers’ District Council Endorses JB Pritzker for Democratic Nominee for Illinois Governor

Chicago, May 3, 2017 – The Chicago Laborers’ District Council, LIUNA today endorsed JB Pritzker for Democratic nominee for Illinois Governor.


After meeting with several candidates for Governor, the Chicago Laborers’ District Council Executive Board and political action committee has moved to support and endorse JB Pritzker.

At a rally attended by dozens of Laborers and other building trade union members at the Operating Engineers Local 399 union hall in Chicago, JB Pritzker was introduced by José Zamarippa, a member of the Laborers’ Local 681.

James P. Connolly, Business Manager of Chicago Laborers’ District Council, who also attended the rally said, “Infrastructure is a major component of our economy – the movement of goods and services rely on Illinois as the hub of the Midwest. JB Pritzker understands that in order to have economic growth you must have infrastructure that can handle the growth and a well trained workforce to build and maintain it. He understands and appreciates the skills and strength of organized Labor. He believes in organized Labor and does not blame us for the state’s problems – rather he sees us as part of the solution. Everything he has been doing his entire career has been about investing in people and helping our economy thrive. JB Pritzker is a giver not a taker, and it is for these reasons and many more that we support JB Pritzker for Governor.”

The Chicago Laborers’ District Council represents 20,000 hard working men and women in the construction industry and public sector across 15 Laborers’ Locals in Cook, Boone, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. JB Pritzker has pledged that as Governor he will fight to protect our wages and enforce the Prevailing Wage Act, protect our right to collectively bargain over wages and health benefits, and will advocate the use of project labor agreements on construction projects.