Laborers’ Training Center is Hiring

The Laborers’ Training Center will be hiring two new instructors. Keep in mind that the instructors must be able to work at both the Chicago location (on Homer St. near Grand and Central) and the location in Carol Stream. Also keep in mind that the instructors pay into a different pension fund than laborers working for the City, County, or State. This means that you would keep whatever credits you have in your current pension fund, but start new in the fund that the instructors pay into. Let me know if you have questions on this or any other aspects of the position. Here are the prerequisites for the instructor positions:

-5 year member in good standing
-5 year experience in Environmental or Underground work
-Passion for teaching.mentoring
-Proficient in Math and Reading
-Good computer skills
-High School Diploma
-Valid Driver’s License
-30 Hour OSHA
-Excellent communication skills

Resumes will be accepted until 12:00 noon, November 10, 2017, and can be mailed or dropped off to:

Tom Nordeen
1200 Old Gary Avenue
Carol Stream, IL 60188
630-653-0006 x229

On November 15 in Carol Stream at 6:00 pm, the Training Center will host a light dinner and presentation to all members interested in the position to explain the position and the two year process it takes to become an ANSI Certified Instructor. After the meeting you will then be able to sign up for your interview.

A note from the Training Center is included below:
“Please keep in mind that this position is not a job but a career choice that will come with a lot of responsibility and expectations. It is by no means meant to be a precursor to retirement. Unless you are able to meet all of the responsibility and prerequisites listed above for this position, please do not submit a resume. The expectation for a start date would be January 8, 2018.”

Meet and Greet with JB!

On Wednesday, September 27, LiUNA will be hosting a Meet & Greet with JB Pritzker for our members and their families.  Pritzker is running for Governor to defeat Bruce Rauner and his destructive policies.  The Meet & Greet will be at the LiUNA District Council, 999 McClintock Dr. in Burr Ridge, from 5pm-7pm.  I hope to see many of you there.

Bid for Foreman in 2FM

Dear Member,

This morning the City’s Department of Human Resources posted a bid for a Foreman of Laborers position in the Department of Fleet and Facilities Management (also known as 2FM).  The bid will remain up for two weeks.  If you are interested you must apply online at, and be sure to follow each instruction to the letter.  Be as descriptive and comprehensive as you can when explaining your past work experience.  Call us if you have any questions about the position or would like assistance applying.  You can find the bid here.  We have been working a long time to get this position in 2FM, and are happy the bid is finally posted.

The Illinois Budget

As we discussed at the meeting this week, legislators in Springfield overrode the Governor’s veto, which finally gave the state a budget after 2 years.  These legislators fought against the Governor’s slash and burn tactics, and acted in the best interests of the citizens of Illinois to keep social service programs running, and infrastructure projects going too.  Many of them will face Rauner-funded primary opponents because of it.  Please call your legislator to thank him or her for their vote (all city legislators voted to pass the budget).  They need to know they will be supported in their efforts to stand up to our failure of a Governor.

Below is a link to type in your address and find the contact info for your State Representative and State Legislator.  It is temporarily offline this morning but should return soon.  Every member should get to know their legislators personally, and make your voices heard.


In Solidarity,



Negotiations with the City

Yesterday, the Sun-Times published an editorial calling for the City to “drive a harder bargain with its 27,000 unionized workers”.  Last week, the City’s Inspector General issued a report calling on the City to, among other things:

1. Remove the “traditional work” provision of the contract that protects our jurisdiction;
a. The IG thinks the City should choose if Laborers get to perform our own work.

2. Stop paying the “prevailing wage”, which is the standard construction wage in the area, and decrease annual cost of living increases;
a. The IG thinks the prevailing wage pays Laborers too much money, and our salary increases are too high.

3. Increase the amount employees pay towards our health insurance.
a. The IG thinks we don’t pay enough for the health insurance benefit we get.

Make no mistake, the editorial and the IG report are direct attacks on your standard of living.  They ignore the value you add to the City, its residents, and your own neighborhoods, where you live and pay taxes every day.  Read the report for yourself, it’s riddled with inaccuracies and shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how labor relations operates. It displays a reckless disregard for the contributions we make to the City and its taxpayers, and the cooperative stance we’ve taken to address the City’s financial issues.  It overlooks, among other things, the furlough agreement we entered into to assist the City during the Great Recession.  It overlooks the Apprenticeship Agreement we entered into to provide the City with a better trained workforce.  Further, it overlooks steps the City was able to take without our consent, namely the removal of retiree healthcare subsidies and the establishment of a second tier of pension benefits.

The City is using the media and its own Inspector General to advocate for its positions at the bargaining table.  It’s nothing new.  We simply must stand together to protect our livelihoods.  Together, we have the power to protect our wages and our benefits.  Together, we have the power to protect our working conditions and our jobs.  Together, we have the power to strike if the City refuses to recognize our value.    Our union, united, will never be divided.