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Congress approaches traffic jam with highway bill
Funding for the nation’s crumbling roads and highways is about to run out in two weeks, and Congress is in disarray on how to prevent it: House Republicans are pushing a plan that GOP senators oppose, Democrats are scrambling for a unified response, and both parties are grasping for a way out. Read More...
Most workers are employees, not independent contractors
by E. Tammy Kim   @etammykim The federal Department of Labor has signaled its concern that workers are being unlawfully excluded from key protections on the job. On Wednesday, the agency’s wage-and-hour division released a 15-page document clarifying who should be considered an “independent contractor” versus an “employee. Read More...
"Don't Forget the Laborer" radio commentary
Here's a radio commentary about our Laborers out in the hot sun... http://www.wjbc.com/2015/07/16/wjbc-forum-dont-forget-the-laborer/
"Cadillac Tax" next Obamacare battle
The Supreme Court fights over the Affordable Care Act may be over for now. But before you get too comfortable, there’s still plenty of fighting left to do.  The latest example can be seen in Washington where Fortune 500 companies and labor unions have teamed up to lobbyCongress to kill a tax on generous – some say lavish – health plans. Read More...
Workers protest unsafe conditions at Brandt

Non-union workers have been protesting at Brandt Construction, Milan, Illinois, over unsafe conditions at a project in Muscatine, Iowa.

http://wqad.com/2015/07/15/striking-muscatine-construction-workers-get-regional-support/?can_id=c59f57c7b6e07886af0eec16abc6a340&source=email-striking-muscatine-construction-workers-get-regional-support&email_referrer=striking-muscatine-construction-workers-get-regional-support

U.S. Transportation Secretary - Roads & bridges inadequate
Today, we released a set of Fact Sheets showing the condition of transportation in all 50 states. It's not a pretty picture. Grim data from just one of the 50 fact sheets DOT released today. A nation's infrastructure is its economic backbone. Read More...
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
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/photo-volunteers-help-at-the-wall/article_30fe047e-1bcb-5251-8545-e2598087338b.html
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...
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