A Message from LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan on 9/11

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17th Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks

On the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we must remember and mourn the men and women lost in the vicious and cowardly assault on our nation. The tragic events of that day can never be forgotten.

We must also recognize the heroes, including many LIUNA members, who participated in the response and clean-up and later the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and construction of the Flight 93 Memorial.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I urge that we continue to honor those lost on September 11 and share our heartfelt gratitude with those who responded with such courage and strength to the devastating attacks.

A Thought for Labor Day 2018

Many of you have seen and read this since it was written 18 years ago. But here it is once again, and i must admit i have never been prouder of the spirit and the message it brings to today’s labor movement. Brothers and Sisters since this was originally written we have weathered the horrific events of 911, the worse recession in modern history and now the ultra conservative Janus decision that is nothing more than union busting, plain and simple. And i am even more confident today than i was 18 years ago when i wrote this, that i made the right decision. We’re Union And We Ain’t Going Nowhere! 


I, like so many before me, am a part of the skilled labor force of this great country of ours. In fact, going back to almost the turn of the last century, my relatives have been a part of the working men and women who helped build our infrastructure.

In my youth I never realized the tradition that I had embraced by choosing this road. I often wonder, like so many of us, should I have taken another path? Should I have gone on to become a lawyer or a doctor, like most parents wish for their children. Children who have seen the struggle and hardship that so many ordinary working families do.

I am proud to have been given the opportunity to walk in my ancestor’s footsteps. But I am the last of a breed, the end of the line. My other family members and siblings have chosen another road, the road of white collars and wingtip shoes. And for them, now maybe for the very first time, I feel a sense of sorrow in my heart, because I have something that they will never experience. The sweat, the pain, the cold hands and the aching feet, the thought of the work day being just a little while longer, and then the relief and immense pride felt when the job is done. A feeling that only those of us who have actually been there can feel. The sense of accomplishment that not even the CEO of the biggest corporation can ever experience.

In the early days being a worker on the railroads, the tunnels or the bridges was a way for our immigrant ancestors to attain a better life for themselves and their families. Their sense of hard work was only surpassed by their great sense of pride in what they had built. Many of our ancestors never made it out of those trenches or off those bridges or tracks, and for them I feel a deep sense of grief. Knowing now how hard they worked to build this country and to build a life for their families is somehow lost in the new age of technology.

It’s not brain surgery or biochemistry but what we do every day with our hands and our backs is something that only we can truly understand.

I must admit that for many years I was frustrated and bitter for making the choice that I made. Wanting what so many around me had gotten because of their interest in being the one who chooses the color, not paints the house.

I really didn’t understand how lucky I was!

To see a road built is fine but knowing that I helped build it is something that doesn’t fade quickly. The architect who draws the building is featured in magazines but the men and women who actually build it are never asked, never told, never seen, as the true artist. That building is much more theirs, than the man who put the drawings on paper.

Yes, most times it is an unrecognized effort by those who are looking for nothing more than an honest living and a means to support their families.

Yet can it be any different? Probably not, but I don’t think that really matters to many of us. You see, we know we were there, we know how much sweat and pain it took and we know when we look up at that building that those who went before us are looking on and cheering, “Good Job!”

I am sure they can see the fruits of my labor and theirs, and I often wonder if the feelings I have in my heart are those of all who came before me. Feelings swelled like a great big ball, the fiery emotions of friendships and toil, laughter and hardship, combined with spirited globs of heartaches, smiles, tears and cheers. One can only take faith that this has been their gift to me.

I sometimes wonder if our fathers, grandfathers, brothers and sisters are up there looking on and smiling about how far we have come and how much we have accomplished.

But most of all, I wonder if they are proud of me. Proud of the work I have done, of what I have built and what I have yet to build. Proud to see that the road they chose to travel has once again been traveled by one of their own.

The thought of their pride is what drives me even harder every day.

To all of those who came before me I say “Thank you”. And to all of you I say, “I am Proud to be a Laborer”.

 

A Message From Terry O’Sullivan – LiUNA General President

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August 31, 2018

Labor Day Commemorates the Strife and Struggle of Working Men and Women

As we look forward to the Labor Day weekend, we must not forget that Labor Day is our day – a holiday that commemorates the strife and struggle to achieve economic equality by working men and women across the United States and Canada. No one is more deserving of this honor than the strong, proud, and united members of LIUNA.

Since the holiday was first celebrated more than a century ago, LIUNA members have risked their livelihoods and even laid down their lives in the fight for justice, honor, and strength for all workers.  Our efforts have strengthened both of our nations and created prosperity that has led to a robust middle-class.

However, anti-worker and anti-union special interests throughout North America are working to weaken unions and the voice of working people.  We must be vigilant in stopping efforts to cut our pay and benefits, push back on so-called right-to-work laws and the repeal of prevailing wage laws. We must protect the right to negotiate in the public and private sector, and fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

We cannot allow this continuing war on working people to weaken the middle class and intensify income inequality.

On this holiday, let us reflect on what those who came before us have achieved and recommit to protecting and expanding on that legacy.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I wish you and your family a safe, meaningful, and well-deserved Labor Day.

LIUNA General President’s Statement on the Passing of Senator McCain

Washington, D.C. (August 28, 2018) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement on the passing of Senator McCain:

Our nation lost a true American hero this past weekend, when Senator John McCain passed away. From his service in the Navy, to his selfless loyalty to those held captive with him in Vietnam, to his distinguished career in the United States Senate, John McCain embodied the highest ideals of our nation. His honor, courage, patriotism, and character set an example for all to follow. Time and again, he put the good of his country, and the good of his fellow Americans, above party, politics, and personal interest.

Regardless of whether or not we agreed on any particular issue, Senator McCain’s door was always open to LIUNA, he was engaging and honest, and he had the utmost respect for our members and for all working men and women. We shared his deep love of America, his belief in its greatness, and his desire to leave it better than the way that he found it. When it came to fighting for core beliefs and values, Senator McCain never backed up, never backed down, never retreated, and never surrendered. Yet when it came to expressing those ideals through policy, he was willing to reach across party and ideological lines in order to get things done. His work on behalf of immigration reform demonstrated his bipartisan courage, and his belief that America can, and should, continue to be a beacon of hope for the displaced and downtrodden.

On behalf of the 500,000 strong, proud, and united men and women of LIUNA, I offer our sympathies and condolences to the entire McCain family. We join you in mourning for this great American who served his country with honor, and whose memory will inspire generations to come.

Federal worker union wins lawsuit against Trump’s swipe at collective bargaining

Media outlets are reporting that President Donald Trump's bookkeeper for his personal and business affairs for decades has been granted immunity in the federal probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.AP Photo/Evan Vucci

WASHINGTON — A federal judge dealt a blow Saturday to President Donald Trump’s efforts to “promote more efficient” government, ruling that key provisions of three recent executive orders “undermine federal employees’ right to bargain collectively” under federal law.

The White House had no comment and referred questions to the Justice Department, which said it was reviewing the judge’s ruling and considering options. Federal worker unions that had sued to block Trump’s use of his executive authority in this area applauded the outcome.

“President Trump’s illegal action was a direct assault on the legal rights and protections that Congress specifically guaranteed to the public-sector employees across this country who keep our federal government running every single day,” said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest of the federal worker unions.

Cox’s organization, which represents about 700,000 of the approximately 2 million-member federal workforce, was first to challenge the executive orders, filing two lawsuits.

The executive orders, issued by the White House in May, covered collective bargaining rights, grievance procedures and use of “official time.” 

Andrew Bremberg, the president’s domestic policy adviser, said at the time that the orders would “promote more efficient government” by overhauling civil service rules to make it easier to remove poor-performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are used more efficiently.

Departments and agencies were directed to engage in tougher negotiations over collective bargaining agreements and to conclude talks in under a year to limit the expense of “drawn-out bargaining.” Contracts were to be renegotiated to limit the amount of time authorized employees could spend on union business during official work hours, known as “official time.”

Lobbying and pursuing grievances on taxpayer-funded union time were to be curtailed, and the orders also aimed to streamline the amount of time needed to terminate a federal worker for poor performance or misconduct. The process currently takes between six months and a year, and can last longer if the employee appeals the dismissal.

The unions argued that the executive orders were illegal because federal law requires the government and federal employee unions to negotiate over such changes.

Jackson agreed, ruling that Trump had overstepped his authority. “This Court finds that these provisions conflict with congressional intent in a manner that cannot be sustained,” she wrote in a 122-page opinion. It was unclear Saturday whether the administration planned to appeal.

“In this Court’s view, these directives undermine federal employees’ right to bargain collectively as protected by” federal law, “and as a result, the President must be deemed to have exceeded his authority in issuing them,” the judge wrote.

Tony Reardon, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal government employees, said Congress meant for unions and agencies to bargain over the use of official time and grievance procedures.

“The judge rightly found that the president is not above the law and cannot, through these blatantly anti-union and anti-worker executive orders, eviscerate employee rights and undermine the collective bargaining process established by Congress,” Reardon said.

Job/Bid Announcement – Field Service Specialist II – CDOT

FIELD SERVICE SPECIALIST II

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Department of Transportation

 These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the County, Municipal Supervisors and Foremen Local 1001 (Bargaining unit 54)

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITEAT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS

(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT. YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”  (NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO OBTAIN YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER).

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAININGUNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION.

Number of Positions: 1

Under supervision, performs at the fully functional level, conducting traffic surveys and field inspections of construction activity in the public way, and performs related duties as required


See all the details in the Jobs section of the Local 1001 app or in the Jobs section of our website.

Exclusive Member Benefits

Local 1001 and the Chicago Laborers’ District Council are pleased to introduce a package of NEW benefits exclusively for our active and retired members and their families. Union membership is more than having a job, it’s about having the strength of a collective voice, protection, and peace of mind provided by union-negotiated benefits.  Our union takes pride in empowering and safeguarding our members on and off the job. With that in mind, we are pleased to share these new exclusive benefits with our dues-paying members at no additional cost.

We’re able to provide these benefits at no additional cost because we’ve partnered with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399, the Operating Engineers Local 150, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134 to create the Midwest Coalition of Labor. Over one hundred thousand members strong, we have the power to negotiate with benefit providers to get lower prices and better rates.

The new benefits are effective immediately. In the coming weeks, members will receive a booklet outlining each benefit, but in the meantime, here is a summary of each benefit. And as always additional information about these benefits of being a member and others are on our website and the Local 1001 app

1. Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Coverage (VOYA): Non-retired members are eligible for $10,000 in free life insurance and $5,000 in free coverage in the event of an accidental death or dismemberment. Members may also purchase up to $160,000 more in life insurance and AD&D, as well as $30,000 in life insurance for a spouse without any medical test. Information about the option to purchase additional coverage will be forthcoming in the next 60-90 days.
Call Center Support: 888-212-7822    

3. Legal Services: We’ve partnered with Union Legal Services, LLC so that all members and everyone in their household can call and speak with an attorney or retired judge about any issue a member may have, 24 hours a day. We have also negotiated very low rates for legal representation in matters ranging from real estate closings to divorce, wills, criminal matters, and others. Many issues, like criminal expungements and property tax appeals, are free.
Union Legal Services, LLC: 877-694-2663
24/7 Hotline for Criminal Matters: 630-567-5849

4. Identity Theft Recovery Coverage: Through Hartford Steam Boiler, all members and their entire household have $25,000 in coverage for attorney fees, credit reports, etc., $5,000 in lost wages for time spent recovering a stolen identity, and another $1,000 to cover out-of-pocket expenses. 
Recovery Help Line: 1-800-472-1866

5. Allstate Roadside Assistance: All members and their entire households, now have Allstate Roadside Services. Each household gets three included services per year, from jump starts to towing, to flat tire repair and more.
Allstate Roadside Assistance: 855-256-6019

6. Allstate Motor Club: Members also have access to huge discounts on hotels, restaurants, shopping and more through the Allstate Motor Club. To register go to https://mcl.enjoymydeals.com and use the code MCL1244 to register. Users need an email address to create a username and will be instructed to create a password.

7. The Coalition of Union Labor Credit Union: All members and their entire households are now eligible for membership with the Coalition of Union Labor Credit Union. The CULCU is a member-owned credit union that provides mortgages, vehicle loans, home equity credit lines, direct deposit, and many other banking services. Because it’s member-owned, there is no profit motive and the loan rates reflect that. The Coalition of Union Labor Credit Union is a member of the Allpoint ATM network, so members can use over 55,000 ATMs worldwide without a fee. The network includes all ATMs at CVS, Walgreens, Target, Costco, Mariano’s and more.
Coalition of Union Labor Credit Union: www.culcu.org, (708) 482-9606

8. Chicago Sun-Times Newspaper: We negotiated a discounted rate for home delivery and digital subscriptions for members. Members can also sign up for any one of the Sun-Times’ free e-newsletters including Working 360, which is dedicated to news and information important to working people. Go to suntimes.com/midwest-labor to sign up.

Please, contact our office with questions or visit the Midwest Coalition of Labor at,  www.coalitionoflabor.org.

 

Voters reject Missouri right-to-work law

That’s right, We’re Union And We Ain’t Going Nowhere!

BY BRETT SAMUELS – The Hill

Missouri voters on Tuesday solidly rejected the state’s right-to-work law, which would have allowed workers to opt out of paying mandatory union fees as part of their contract.

The Associated Press called the results shortly before 11 p.m., with 63 percent of voters opposing the state law that had not yet gone into effect. Roughly 37 percent of voters supported the law, with 54 percent of precincts reporting as of 10:50 p.m. EST.

The state’s general assembly passed the law last year, according to The Kansas City Star. Then-Gov. Eric Greitens (R) later signed the measure, but it was not enacted because a coalition of labor groups petitioned to put it to a vote.

Proponents of the law argued that workers should not be required to pay union dues.

Opponents maintain that right-to-work laws weaken labor unions’ overall bargaining power. They argue that those who don’t pay fees should not earn the same benefits as those who contribute to the union.

The vote marked a victory for unions in a Republican-controlled state about a month after the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to public-sector unions.

In a 5-4 ruling that was split along ideological lines, the court struck down an Illinois law, similar to laws in 22 other states, that allowed agencies to collect fees from nonunion members for collective bargaining.

The decision overturned a 1977 court precedent from that allowed public-sector unions to accept fees from nonmembers to cover nonpolitical union activities.

Quality of Life Training Session

Local 1001 has worked in conjunction with the City of Chicago to offer another opportunity for all Sanitation Laborers and General Laborers. The Department of Streets and Sanitation will be conducting Quality of Life qualification training sessions at the Laborer’s Training Center in August. Please see the flyer below and if interested make sure to sign up no later than July 25, 2018. 2018 Quality of Life Training Sign up

IT’S LOCAL 1001 SCHOLARSHIP TIME

To be eligible for these scholarship awards applicants must be children of members in good standing of Laborers’ Local 1001, and enrolled in an accredited college or university undergraduate program in the fall semester of 2018.

Only one entry per student applicant and one scholarship will be awarded per family.

All information will be verified prior to awarding a scholarship.

You can fill out the application on our app or by submitting a paper copy that has been mailed to all eligible union members.

3 ways unions can stay strong after Janus ruling

Chicago Sun-Times

Ahighly politicized conservative Supreme Court majority in Janus v. AFSCME Illinois has fulfilled the goal of wealthy corporate interests and struck a blow against government workers’ collective interest in fair and productive working conditions.

In a 5- 4 decision, the court found that collectively bargained “fair share” fees in the public sector are unconstitutional. The outcome of this action may reduce public sector union membership nationally by more than 700,000, annually cost workers $ 1,800 in earnings and shrink gross domestic product by $ 33 million. So what happens now? Here are three ways that unions are attempting to convert retrenchment into renewal:

First, unions are having a genuine internal conversation on what union membership demands. Each of the public sector unions directly in the line of Janus’ fire has held one- on- one meetings with their membership. This mission involves a commitment to constantly reach out to the rank and file and cease relying on the union security clause to maintain a level of stability. The objective is to build sustainable workplace labor organizations that are not creatures of political machinations or judicial interpretations. This is old school labor organizing.

Second, in perhaps a harbinger of things to come from states where labor has some political influence, New York recently amended its state public employee’s law. It allows public employee unions to deny representation to nonmembers in any disciplinary cases as well as any legal, economic or job related services beyond those provided in the collective bargaining agreement, without violating the duty to fair representation. The court majority opinion endorsed this approach by stating that individual “nonmembers could be required to pay for the [ grievance] service or could be denied union representation altogether.” In a footnote, Justice Samuel Alito cited a California labor relations law as an example. Other states including Oregon, Hawaii, New Jersey and Florida have passed or are considering postJanus measures. Illinois could do the same.

Third, it is not coincidental that the legislative and legal challenges to public employee unionism have coincided with an equally draconian diminishment of public services. As a result, revenue has drained from public budgets, leading to devastating government cuts to services, underfunding of education, surging inequality and the scapegoating of public sector workers.

In this environment, the very substance of bargaining in the public sector has to be re- conceptualized. Instead of a union bargaining as merely an economic agent for the financial good of its members, it must reorient contract negotiations around the public interest, with the union bargaining on behalf of the community and fighting for the services it needs. Unlike conventional transactional labor- management relations, the bargaining demands are broad and inclusive. Most important, unions are able to transform the aim of bargaining into advocacy for the common good.

Janus may shrink the resources available to effectuate public sector collective bargaining, but it cannot prevent citizens and workers from finding a common voice. Contrarily, the decision is a powerful inducement to give fresh meaning to a cliched belief that “an injury to one is an injury to all.”

A short summary of what happened in Janus….

LIFE AFTER JANUS: Public employee unions were dealt an entirely expected but nonetheless massive blow Wednesday when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Janus v. AFSCME that they may no longer collect mandatory “fair share” or “agency” fees from non-members to cover their portion of the cost of collective bargaining. The court ruled broadly for the plaintiffs, requiring the unions to adopt an “opt in” system to join up and pay dues rather than merely allowing workers to opt out of doing so. “Nobody out there is going to be paying money to a public sector union unless they affirmatively want to,” said Charlotte Gardner, a law professor at Seattle University.

Plaintiff Mark Janus and his lawyers say their next step is to ensure that the ruling is implemented. “We’re going to have make sure states and unions respect this decision,” said Jacob Huebert, a lawyer for Mark Janus from the Liberty Justice Center. “If they’re imposing unfair unconstitutional barriers, we’ll be prepared to challenge that in court.” AFSCME President Lee Saunders said on a phone call with reporters that the union was ready to make “the necessary adjustments” to fee collection.

Does Janus invite future challenges to unions? In his decision, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that designating any union an exclusive workplace representative “substantially restricts the rights of individual employees” and was “a significant impingement on associational freedoms that would not be tolerated in other contexts.” Alito, Garden said, may be seeding the ground for plaintiffs who might wish to challenge the constitutionality of exclusive bargaining rights.

We’ve been here before.. Back in 2012, the conservative justice questioned the legality of fair-share fees, writing in Knox v. Service Employees that “acceptance of the free-rider argument as a justification for compelling non-members to pay a portion of union dues represents something of an anomaly” and that enrolling workers automatically in unions unless they opted out “represents a remarkable boon to unions.” Alito quoted repeatedly from Knox in yesterday’s case. “Janus isn’t the first time that Alito has opined on the viability of Abood ,” said Sharon Block, a former Obama DOL official now working at Harvard University. “He put that marker down before. I think you have take him very seriously.”

The planned retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, and his likely replacement by a more conservative jurist, only increases the likelihood of future legal challenges to labor rights. “Alito is playing a little bit of a long game here,” said Dan Epps, former clerk to Justice Kennedy and now associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. “He seems quite hostile to unions generally.”

A Message from Your Business Manager

Good afternoon my brothers and sisters, today the Supreme Court just ruled in favor of Mark Janus vs AFSCME which effectively made all public employees in this country right to work. We have one advantage we already possess all the work rules benefits that they are trying to accomplish in right to work states all we have to do is stick together and stay together and we will be fine, thank you.

Sincerely

James Ellis

Business Manager Local 1001

The beginning of the end or just a new beginning?

The Janus decision is in and as expected it puts Public Employee Unions back 40 plus years, to say the least. Most of us have known for months that this day was coming but we have tried to stay optimistic and hope for the best. Well the best won’t do today.

I find myself asking this question, is this really the beginning of the end or just a new beginning?

The more I think about it, and trust me there have been plenty of sleepless nights that I’ve had plenty of time to think about it, the more I believe it truly is the latter.

We have been through this before as an International, as a District Council and even as a Local Union.

Our history as a Union has proven that the Laborers’ are a special breed. We are tough and resilient and most of all supportive of our Union and what it stands for.

From a consent decree at the International level, to trusteeships at both our District Council and our Local Union, we have stood together and made this a better, stronger, prouder Union than anyone ever expected.

Twenty years ago, if you would have told me we as a Union would be where we are today I would have said you were dreaming. A lot of people had the Laborers’ Union on its way out, no way to survive, but they were wrong. We survived, we rebuilt, we grew stronger and today we are on the forefront of everything Organized Labor stands for.

Just 15 years ago our Local Union went through the same disheartening scenario but through it all we stood strong, united in making sure our Local would survive, and it did.

And since then we have been hit with a financial crisis which could have resulted in massive permanent layoffs, a changing of a long standing administration on the City side and even three administration changes right within our own Local Union. But we as members know how important it is to stand together, keep focused, and keep moving forward in order to ensure that what we, and all of those who came before us worked so hard for, remains intact.

We have one of the highest pay and benefits packages of any Laborers’ Public Employee Unions in the Country. And there is one and only one reason for that, and it’s you the members of Local 1001.

Together we have expanded our jurisdiction, added hundreds of new jobs and promotions, given the opportunity to those who would otherwise not had the chance to become a member of our Union family the chance to, and we must and we will continue to do so, standing together as proud Union brothers and sisters.

I know this membership, I know your character, your devotion, your passion and your dedication to move this Union forward. I am confident that all of us will work together to keep our membership intact, to dismiss the anti-union propaganda that all of us will be hit with shortly and to stand together and stand strong because that is what Union is all about.

They say history repeats itself, we will survive, we will stand united and we will engage this new beginning and move forward and upward as we have always done.

Union Proud, Union Strong, Union Forever, LiUNA Local 1001 – Feel the Power.

My name is Bob Chianelli and I am a Proud 40 year LiUNA Local 1001 member.

Gov. Rauner making victory plans while awaiting Janus court ruling, expected today

SupremeCourt’s Janus decision expected today, and Rauner, waiting in D. C. since Sunday, has victory plans

WASHINGTON— This is a city Gov. Bruce Rauner hasmostly avoided since taking office, but in this election year he’s been here since Sunday, waiting for the Supreme Court opinion on the anti- public sector union case he started, Janus v AFSCME Council 31, with the decision expected onWednesday, the last day of the term.

Rauner, in an interview with the SunTimes on Capitol Hill, said that with a victory, the state of Illinois will launch a website telling state workers how to opt out of paying fees to government unions and predicted that outside groups will launch opt- out drives.

The Supreme Court does not announce opinions in advance. With the justices working through their docket this month, it was clear heading into this final week the justices were going to get to Janus sooner or later. It’s turning out later. On Monday and Tuesday morning, Rauner was in the Supreme Court courtroom, sitting with Mark Janus, the child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in Springfield who became the name plaintiff after a lower court judge ruled in 2015 Rauner did not have standing to bring the case.

If they win, Rauner and Janus will head to the Supreme Court steps to take a victory lap, making statements with the iconic building as the backdrop. That’s what they did on the steps in February, after the justices heard the Janus oral argument.

Given the conservativemajority on the court, Rauner is highly likely to prevail in a 5- 4 ruling, overturning a precedent that for decades has allowed government unions to collectmandatory fees fromworkers who chose not to join the union representing them.

Republican Rauner has made weakening Democratic- allied Illinois public sector unions a crusade, and the Janus case will play into his bid for a second term, where he is locked in a battle with Democratic nominee J. B. Pritzker.

A Janus win means government workers in 22 states, including Illinois, will have the choice to opt out of paying fees to unions representing them, even if they are notmembers.

That will cut into union revenues, membership and potentially diminish the local and national political power of government unions.

Rauner told the Sun- Times, “If we win the case, we will notify the state employees of their rights, the outcome of the case. We will inform them of their ability to choose whether to pay the dues or not and direct them to a website or other information where they can implement their choice.”

Government unions have been bracing for a defeat and expect groups bankrolled by megadonor anti- union conservatives running campaigns to persuade government workers to opt out of unions.

Rauner said the state will not mount a campaign; he expects outside groups will, telling the Sun- Times, “I believe that folks outside of the government both in Illinois and around the country will be working to advocate for an opt- out campaign, I believe.

“And I believe that there will be forces including the union and other forces that will be pushing government employees to stay in the union or join the union.”

I asked Rauner, spending millions of dollars in his bid for a second term, if he would put some of hismoney into an opt- out campaign. “I haven’t thought about that,” he said. Opt- out and stay- in drives related to Janus have already started.

Formonths now, unions have been stepping up appeals to retain members. The conservative Freedom Foundation has been running what they label a “Pre- Janus Opt- Out campaign” in California and four other states.

Pritzker communications chief Galia Slayen, noting Rauner’s stay here said, “It’s kind of crazy that the governor of the sixth- largest state in the country, who says he doesn’t like spending time inWashington, is now just camping out in D. C. waiting for a photo op.”

There is nothing to fight about, unless you let them take everything away from you.

My name is Bob Chianelli and I am a proud 40 year LiUNA Local 1001 member.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about why we pay union dues.

I have to admit the response and sheer number of members who read it amazed and invigorated me.

Please don’t take it the wrong way, I was very happy that the message was getting out there and even happier that what I said might have made a difference.

Now we are at the day of reckoning with the Janus decision, and I once again cannot sit idly by and be a spectator when our lives and our family’s way of life are at stake.

You may have been hearing recently that we have to fight for what we have and to keep on fighting. But who are we fighting? The Supreme Court? The President? The Government?

The only reason any of us would need to fight the Janus decision is if we let everyone around us give up, if we let our fellow Union brothers and sisters walk away.

NO ONE can take away what we have, what this Union has worked so hard to get for each and every one of us unless WE, that’s right WE, voluntarily give it up.

If you want to keep your wages, your health care, your pension, your seniority, you job security, then it’s simple, don’t you or your fellow Union brothers and sisters give it up.

There is NO ONE to fight but you.

If we stand together, keep doing exactly what we were doing yesterday, last month, last decade, then we win. If WE let our ill advised and ill informed Union brothers and sisters walk away from our great Union then and only then, do we lose.

It’s up to each and every one of us, now more than ever, to stand together and demand that each and every member of our Union stay strong and stand united.

Union has never been about standing alone, and like families we have our differences but in the end, we must realize that together we can and we will win.

There is NO fight unless we give up, unless we let our brothers and sisters get swept up in the anti-union propaganda and leave behind what they have come to expect and enjoy as being part of our family, our Union family.

I have said this before but this chapter in our Union’s history is not for the faint of heart, none of us, and I mean none of us can or will be able to get through this alone.

Don’t let one of our Union brothers or sisters walk away just because they are angry or hurt or ill informed, it’s up to you, it’s up to us, to keep our family together.

Letting our Union brothers and sisters walk away will force us into a fight for everything we have worked decades and decades for.

It’s time to step up and stop the race to the bottom before it begins, and quite frankly it’s easy and it’s up to you.

If our membership sticks together, stays intact as it is today, the only changes that will be guaranteed are continued pay increases, pensions, health care, seniority, representation and the stability and job security this Union has brought to our members since it was founded in 1937.

Please stand with me, stand united, and stand proud. Feel the Power LiUNA Local 1001.

It’s Hot out there today…

With today’s hot and extremly humid temperatures please remember to work smart and work safe. Dehydration comes quickly remember to drink plenty of water.

When you have a minute please review the heat related material we included below.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day to all of the hard working LiUNA dads that make our Union Proud.

To all the LiUNA Local 1001 dads who are the coaches, mentors, leaders in our neighbothoods, wards and city,  we wish you a Happy Father’s Day!

Keep up the great work both on and off the job, you’re strength and dedication to your family, community and your Union will continue to move us forward.

Job/Bid Announcement – Watchman

Another reason why your Union is so important. After a recent meeting with the Department your Union was able to come to resolution and curtail the privates from doing our work and actually increase the number of shifts covered by our members, by having the City accelerate the hiring of 7 new watchman in 2FM. The info and bid are on our app in the jobs section and online at local1001.com


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Job Number:307162

DEPARTMENT:  FLEET AND FACILITY MANAGEMENT

These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 1001, Bargaining Unit 54.

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS  

(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HANDCORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

(NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO OBTAIN YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER). 

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION. 

VACANCIES: 7

 

Is not being in the Union a good idea?

My name is Bob Chianelli and I am a proud 40 year member of LiUNA Local 1001.

The more and more I talk to members of our union the more and more I hear “the union is trying to scare us into paying dues…..nothing is gonna happen if we stop paying”.

Another common response has been “I’ll keep the dues money in my pocket and if something happens to me then I will use it for myself.

Honestly, some really good points.

First about the money in your pocket theory, they are absolutely correct but does anyone know what an arbitration cost to fight a basic contract violation? Would you be surprised to know that in most cases over $10,000. So, if you get passed up for overtime be prepared to go to the bank and get $10,000 to get your day of overtime. Transfers out of seniority order, again go to the bank and withdraw another $10,000. Vacation pics, promotions, work rules, I think you get the picture. You alone won’t be able to fight the fight, time after time year after year no matter what you think you are saving by not paying Union dues.

Some say “I don’t use the Union”, and once again they are right, they don’t use it because they don’t have to, it’s automatic. The Union is there every day protecting things like wages, healthcare, jurisdiction and all the other perks that most of us have come to take for granted.

I often ask members “when was the last time you had to ask the City for a raise, or an improvement in health care or paid vacation time or paid parental leave?” And of course you know their answer “well…..never”.

So if there was no Union because everyone stopped paying dues and the City said we are not paying that salary any longer, and your healthcare is too expensive, and why should we pay you for vacation days, you are going to do what? Go to your bank and withdraw the money you saved to make up the difference in pay, the cost of your healthcare, the days you miss being paid because you want to take your family on vacation? I’m not an accountant but i can pretty much tell you that not being in the Union hasn’t saved you nearly enough money to pay for all of that.

Now back to the initial statement, “the Union is trying to scare you…..” yes we are, because if that’s what it takes to save your pay, your healthcare, your paid vacation, your safety, your seniority and the standard of living you and your family have now, and will continue to have well into retirement, then yes I am, yes I am.

Union today, Union tomorrow, Union forever, Feel the Power!

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT – CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION – AIRPORT OPERATIONS SUPVSR I 

The full bid description and qualifications are in the Jobs section of our app. 

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AIRPORT OPERATIONS SUPVSR I

Job Number: 307374

CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS  

(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

(NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO OBTAIN YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER). 

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION.

These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF N.A., LOCAL 1001 (BARGAINING UNIT #54). 

NUMBER OF VACANCIES: 6