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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. 

General President O'Sullivan's response to Keystone Veto

Washington, DC. (February 24, 2015) – LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan has the following comment on President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill:

“Given that the Administration has done everything it can to delay and block the creation of good construction careers on the Keystone XL Pipeline, the veto can be described with two words: disgustingly predictable.”

What is "Right to Work" and where is Illinois Gov. Rauner going?
With Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner advocating local "right to work" laws, it is important to ask, what is a "right to work" law and what does it mean for workers' and their unions. Read More...
LIUNA supports gas tax increase
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IL Gov Rauner gives factually challenged state of the state address
Despite stating that voters want “a government where people come together to solve problems and get things done,” Governor Bruce Rauner (R) gave one of the most divisive speeches in memory, blaming unions for everything from high taxes to inflated construction costs. Read More...
America's infrastructure is falling apart
America is literally falling apart around us. Roads, built decades ago, are littered with potholes from carrying ten times the number of cars they were designed to carry. Crumbling Cold War–era gas pipes are exploding. One in nine of the country's bridges is structurally deficient. And some dam or levee is always just one rainstorm away from wiping out a neighborhood. Read More...
Kentucky is Rauner's model
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner may be looking to the Bluegrass State for inspiration when it comes to bringing right-to-work laws to Illinois. In Kentucky, where attempts to put a statewide law on the books have stalled, counties have taken the lead in recent weeks by moving forward with their own anti-union laws. Read More...
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