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Illinois can't turn-around with potholes
From pension debt to a deep budget hole, Illinois is a state all too familiar with crisis. Another one is looming on the horizon, one pothole and one cracked road at a time that are adding up quickly. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s latest multi-year program, which spans six years of investment, was recently released to outline the plan for road and bridge construction. Read More...
Prevailing wage next Republican target
Union dominance of state-funded public works faces its most serious challenge in decades, with Republican governors and lawmakers campaigning to topple or pare long-standing prevailing wage laws. The Midwest is a particular hot spot, as it has been in the past, but the wage contests are playing out from Nevada to New York, where Democrats also are divided. Read More...
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Why is America's transportation system so outdated, why should we care, and what can we do about it?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...
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