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Keystone XL passes US House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Friday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting the stage for a Senate showdown that mixes energy politics with a fight over Louisiana's Senate seat. The vote was 252-161 in favor of the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. Read More...
Forbes - Capitalism's magazine says raise gas taxes
Let’s see if I have this right: Congress needs to finance highway and transit projects but can’t agree on how. The traditional revenue source is the gasoline tax. Gas prices are at their lowest levels in years and dropping. Consumers would barely notice if they had to pay a bit more now at the pump. And it might eventually mean less time sitting in traffic. Read More...
Raise the wage: a commentary on the Illinois ballot referendum
A WJBC-AM radio commentary on Illinois' minimum wage ballot referendum.  http://www.wjbc.com/common/page.php?pt=WJBC+Forum%3A+Time+to+change+the+minimum+wage&id=163661&is_corp=0
Normal IL depot project spurred economic recovery
The building of Normal, Illinois’ Uptown Station created 140,000 hours of work for construction workers in at least 13 different crafts, who were then suffering the highest unemployment rates of their careers. The station connects Amtrak, local transit, intercity buses, bicycling, autos and pedestrians. Read More...
White House friendly to unions?
For most of President Obama’s tenure, the White House and the nation’s labor movement have been anything but best friends. Unions were disappointed when the White House refused to restructure banks during the financial crisis. They were exasperated by its unwillingness to protect union members’ gold-plated health care plans in the Affordable Care Act. Read More...
LiUNA Local 32 featured on local TV

LiUNA Local 32 (Winnebago and DeKalb counties) was recently featured positively in local news coverage.

http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/Groundbreaking-for-New-AAR-Maintenance-Hangar-279505462.html

http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/NWIBT-Shows-Support-for-New-Rockford-Schools-279865082.html

Laborers mourn David Penn, union & community activist
BLOOMINGTON — A longtime labor and community volunteer was remembered Tuesday as a man who always gave back to the community. David Penn, 64, of Bloomington died Tuesday at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal after a long illness. Read More...
Construction wage theft rampant
The McClatchy newspaper chain recently ran an excellent series of articles about wage theft and misclassification of workers.  Read the complete series at http://www.mcclatchydc.com/static/features/Contract-to-cheat/
Misclassified workers harm economy
CHICAGO – Illinois employers wrongly classified nearly 20,000 of their workers as independent contractors rather than full-time employees in 2013, skipping out on more than $250 million in wages and contributions to funds that support laid-off and injured workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today. Read More...
LiUNA 393 sponsors hunter safety course
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/laborers-local-sponsors-hunter-safety-course/article_2e95d5b8-3555-541d-a06c-0e68f919e3ed.html
GOP plans offensive on labor
The Hill  8/6/2014   By Tim DeVaney GOP lawmakers are planning to attack the National Labor Relations Board if they take back the Senate this fall. Read More...
Mary Poppins needs a living wage!

Mary Poppins needs a living wage!

http://www.takepart.com/video/2014/07/24/funny-or-die?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-07-24

We can't just hit the snooze button - Secretary of Transportation
Almost since my first day as Secretary of Transportation, I have been ringing the alarm bell about the looming insolvency of the highway trust fund --the federal source that helps pay for our nation's highways and transit. Read More...
Central Illinois "gets schooled" with LiUNA bus

The Laborers' International Union's "get schooled" traveling school bus came to Ottawa and Normal Illinois on July 11-12.  Here's local news media coverage on the bus.

 WGLT-FM, Illinois State University (NPR affiliated) http://wglt.org/wireready/news/2014/07/01630_rd_fund_spot1_101122.shtml
O'Sullivan - let's pass the highway bill
Washington, D.C. Read More...
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