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April 20, 2014
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What's New at LIUNA
What is a "union boss?"

A commentary on WJBC-AM, Bloomington, Illinois, on the term "union boss."

Media reports on Work Zone Safety

Peoria-area media extensively covered the April 7 press conference, featuring LiUNA 231 and the rebuilding of I-74.

Here are the links to the stories.

O'Sullivan slams Ryan budget on on infrastructure funding
Washington, D.C.-- , General President of LIUNA Terry O’Sullivan – made the following statement on U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposed budget cuts to transportation: “LIUNA is disappointed that Chairman Ryan’s budget would make some sort of an April Fool’s joke out of the deterioration of our highways and bridges. Read More...
Civil Engineers give Illinois infrastructure a C-
The American Society of Professional Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Report Card for Illinois Infrastructure seeks to inform the public and policy makers about the condition of the State’s infrastructure and how to improve it. Every family, every community and every business needs infrastructure to thrive. Read More...
Fischer Excavating fined for trenching violations
ROCKFORD, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Fischer Excavating Inc. for four safety violations, including one willful, for exposing workers to trenching hazards at a work site in Rockford. Proposed penalties total $58,100. Read More...
$1.8B push for Illinois infrastructure needs
SPRINGFIELD – Leaders of the Transportation for Illinois Coalition on April 1 announced a new legislative push to provide about $1.8 billion a year for investing in the state’s deteriorating infrastructure and fix thousands of miles of roads, bridges, rail systems and airports. Read More...
Indiana Laborers set world tunneling record
LIUNA Local 120 members were key partners in setting three new World Records in tunnel construction.  • Most Feet Mined in One Day – 409.89 Feet • Most Feet Mined in One Week – 1,690.04 Feet • Most Feet Mined in One Month – 5,755. Read More...
Ottawa IL building trades students protest program cut

High school students at Ottawa (Illinois) High protested their building trades program being cut.  Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) made a video; the local trades supported the students.  You can see the video at

Transportation Sec Foxx reports bridges, highways need work
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that a new report on the state of America's transportation infrastructure, 2013 Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges and Transit: Conditions and Performance, confirms that more investment is needed to maintain and improve the nation's highway and transit systems. Read More...
The Highway Trust Fund & the perils of inaction
Each year, the federal government spends approximately $50 billion on surface transportation programs that support highways, public transportation, and intercity passenger rail. Of this total, $46 billion comes from the Highway Trust Fund, or HTF, which is capitalized by a federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon on gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon on diesel. Read More...
National Geographic: Is Keystone XL the wrong battle?
by Laura Parker for National Geographic Published February 9, 2014 Last Monday night, when environmentalist activists staged 280 candlelight vigils in 49 states to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline—in Washington, D.C. Read More...
Hire our veterans: build the XL pipeline

Here's a heartfelt video statement from Midwest Region Vice-President John Penn on hiring our veterans and building the Keystone XL pipeline, Washington DC on February 5.

Washington Post - Build the Pipeline
ENVIRONMENTALISTS HAVE drawn a line in the sand on the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s the wrong line in the wrong sand, far away from any realistic assessment of the merits — as yet another government analysis has confirmed. It’s past time for President Obama to set aside politics and resolve this bizarre distraction of an issue. Read More...
Terry O'Sullivan - Build the Keystone XL pipeline
The final environmental analysis of the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline underscores what experts have said for five years: there is no environmental justification to block the construction or operation of the pipeline. Following the upcoming public comment period, there are no reasons for further delay. Read More...
Midwest Region LiUNA VP says "unlock the pipeline"
Washington, D.C. (February 4, 2014) – Saying the Keystone XL Pipeline “isn’t just a pipeline,” but a “lifeline to good, family-supporting jobs,” the Midwest leader of the Laborers’ International Union urged the Administration to unlock the project during a bipartisan news conference today. Read More...
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