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Harvard professors says its time to reinvent our infrastructure
Why is America's transportation system so outdated, why should we care, and what can we do about it? Rosabeth Moss Kanter offers a road map to roadway recovery in her new book, Move: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead. Read More...
LIUNA 393 aids in Middle East wall expansion
Fix the roads says LIUNA president
Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2015) – At a news conference with elected officials, business leaders and infrastructure advocates, Terry O’Sullivan, the General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), called on Congress to quickly develop a long-term solution for America’s deteriorating roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. Read More...
Impass over highway bill hurts business
Here’s the best-case scenario for federal funding of highway and transit projects: Before it leaves town for Memorial Day, Congress will approve its 33rd short-term extension over the past six years for surface transportation programs. Worst-case scenario? Congress won’t pass anything, and come June 1, the U.S. Read More...
Paul Penn, LIUNA 362 (1925-2015) honored by community
BLOOMINGTON — The fruits of Paul Penn's labor can be seen throughout the community. Read More...
Repeal the Cadillac tax
? Washington, D.C. (April 28, 2015) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on the bill introduced by Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev. Read More...
Newsweek: Republicans try to union bust their way to the White House
Fiery labor icon Mother Jones cannot be resting peacefully beneath the crabgrass in the Union Miners’ Cemetery, not far from Springfield, Illinois, where Bruce Rauner, the recently elected Republican governor, has launched an unprecedented attack on organized labor. Rauner, a former private equity fund chairman, made a reported $62 million in 2013, the year before he was elected. Read More...
O'Sullivan - Construction jobs are a career, not temorary
As the debate over building the critical energy infrastructure of America continues, some are denigrating the hard work of proud, skilled LIUNA members in order to win political points. Extremist environmentalists have attacked the jobs that are created by natural gas and oil pipelines as “just temporary jobs. Read More...
"right to work" (for less) zones would harm Illinois' economy
Efforts to create local “right-to-work” zones would have negative impacts on workers and the economy in Illinois, according to a new report released today by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read More...
61,000 US Bridges structurally deficient
More than 61,000 American bridges are structurally deficient, according to a new analysis by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. While U.S. Read More...
Paul Penn gets WWII medals on 90th birthday
BLOOMINGTON — Paul Penn is rarely — if ever — seen without his "World War II Veteran" hat on his head. "He wears that constantly," said his son, John Penn.  The same was true Thursday when Paul Penn celebrated his 90th birthday with an influx of visitors stopping by his Bloomington home. Read More...
Why unions are the seeds of democracy
Scott Walker has struck another blow against democracy. On Monday, the Republican Wisconsin governor signed into law a bill that made Wisconsin the nation’s 25th right-to-work-for-less state. For Badger State workers, this is nothing short of a disaster. Read More...
The conondrum of corporation and nation
The U.S. economy is picking up steam but most Americans aren’t feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well. What’s behind this? Two big facts. First, American corporations exert far more political influence in the United States than their counterparts exert in their own countries. Read More...
President Obama on Wisconsin Right to Work for Less

It’s no coincidence that the rise of the middle class in America coincided in large part with the rise of unions – workers who organized together for higher wages, better working conditions, and the benefits and protections that most workers take for granted today. So it’s inexcusable that, over the past several years, just when middle-class families and workers need that kind of security the most, there’s been a sustained, coordinated assault on unions, led by powerful interests and their allies in government.

So I’m deeply disappointed that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will weaken, rather than strengthen workers in the new economy. Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past. So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I’d encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans – by taking meaningful action to raise their wages and offer them the security of paid leave. That’s how you give hardworking middle-class families a fair shot in the new economy – not by stripping their rights in the workplace, but by offering them all the tools they need to get ahead.

LIUNA's O'Sullivan condemns Wisconsin right-to-work

Washington, D.C. - With Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's latest attack on the middle class, half of the states in the nation now have so-called “right-to-work” legislation in place. That means that half of the working people in this country don't have the freedom to prosper by joining together in unions.

The tide of anti-prosperity legislation, financed by far-right extremist tycoons who buy governors such as Walker, is particularly an assault on those who work with their hands and service the great state of Wisconsin. It is by having the freedom to join together in a union that construction workers build careers, earn family-supporting pay, and stay safer on the job. It is through unions that wage disparities are reduced or eliminated. 

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