Important Quarantine Information if you are traveling!

Below is the City of Chicago Employee policy update concerning non business related travel.

Any employees who are subject to the quarantine because they departed the state on or after Monday July 6, and subject themselves to quarantine upon return, must use their own benefit time or take an unpaid leave.

For city employees in transit as of Midnight Monday when the order becomes effective, the City will provide COVID leave to returning employees during the period of their quarantine provided that such employees return to the city before Monday July 13.

Tragic loss of a member, a friend, a mom.

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Over this past weekend we tragically lost a member, a friend, a mom, Hortencia Guerrero. Her smile and joyful spirit helped so many get through our sometimes difficult days that we all have on the job.

We ask everyone to remember her and her daughter who was also injured in the horrific accident in your prayers. We will miss your smile Hortencia, RIP.


Happy Father’s Day!


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 neighborhoods, 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.

City of Chicago Employee Support Services

To all City Employees:

The past three months have been challenging for everyone – whether balancing childcare and working from home, working on the front lines with residents, or in the field maintaining critical infrastructure and services, concerns about our health and the future have weighed on many of our minds. And recent weeks have brought new and different challenges and anxieties – it is a difficult time for the country, our City, and for us as public servants. 

 Following are resources that are available to all City employees and may be helpful during this time:

  • The City’s Employee Assistance Program offers professional mental health services at no cost to City of Chicago employees on an individual and confidential basis. These services cover a wide range of personal concerns, including stress, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, and family conflict, as well as referral to financial counseling resources. More information can be found here on the City’s intranet, by calling 312-744-9711, or by emailing
  • In addition, NAMI Chicago provides a free, confidential Helpline at 833-626-4244. The Helpline offers help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can connect you with over 700 resources specific to your needs. Additional information can be found here.
  • Employees enrolled in a City of Chicago healthcare plan have access to mental health support services under the HMO and PPO benefits plans offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield. Details regarding these services may be found in the attached benefits summary document.

We hope that these resources are helpful to you and we greatly appreciate your continued service. Your health and well-being are important to the City and to the residents that we serve every day, and the work that you do is even more essential during these difficult times. 

A Message from Mayor Lightfoot to City Employees

City of Chicago Employees: 

These past few days have been among the most challenging our city has ever faced. Our Chicago family has gone through–and continues to go through–a range of emotions. First was the shock, grief, and anger at the murder of George Floyd. What is most heartbreaking is the clear evidence that America’s original sin, slavery and the oppression of the Black body, persists today, not insidiously or secretly, but openly. 

Then came the desire to speak up, speak out, to raise our voices against this injustice, and to make the world hear our righteous indignation. As I said earlier in this evening’s State of the City address, we know that the anger on our streets isn’t just about George Floyd. It’s about Laquan McDonald, Rekia Boyd, Jon Burge’s victims, the 1919 race riots, Fred Hampton, and the countless other victims of state violence against Black people. It’s about racism, intolerance, and brutality here in our own city over decades; issues that motivated me to run for mayor and ​that I was elected to address. I, like all of you and the many peaceful protesters who came out over the past few days, share a heartache and a thirst for change.

Then came the sadness, heartache and fear at seeing our city ripped apart by the relatively few among the crowds who perverted this moment to their criminal aims. No one has the right to do what we are seeing in our city. No one can burn our homes, wreck our livelihoods and wreak havoc. We saw officers injured, storefronts smashed and looted, cars burned, property vandalized, people shot. This is criminal conduct that sets back our collective work to build a better and more inclusive city. I cannot stand by and watch that happen.

But through it all, I have tremendous pride in seeing how you have risen to this moment. Our police officers have performed honorably and professionally in the face of heinous provocation, putting themselves at great personal risk. Our Fire Department has been working around the clock saving lives, homes, and businesses. Streets & San and CDOT workers have been out in the streets alongside them–deeply involved in the response. OEMC, CTA, CPS, BACP, DOB, and more; I am so proud that you are part of our family and that I get to call myself your mayor. 

But the emotions I feel most deeply, at the root of my soul, are resolve, determination and commitment to making sure we come out of this crisis a stronger and better city. Working together, we will restore our wounded neighborhoods, fulfill our commitment to meaningful reform, and confront the entrenched legacy of racism head on. 

Tomorrow, we will move into phase three to Cautiously Reopen our city and on June 8, we are on track to reopen many of our city services. I’ve attached a press release with the latest transit guidance as many of you return to work over the next several days. Right now, what we need is for our businesses to reopen and our employees to get back to work in a way that is supportive to both their health and their safety. And as with everything we do, we need to do with equity and inclusion as our North Stars.

Loving this city means showing up to protect our neighbors, our businesses, and our values. The arc of the universe only bends toward justice if we work together to dismantle these systems of oppression and build a better tomorrow. I am eager to continue building with you.   

Thank you,

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot

A Memorial Day Message from LiUNA

Memorial Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

For many of us this Memorial Day weekend will be unlike any other in our lifetime, as our nation struggles with the health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19. This weekend, many of us will spend time with family and enjoy a day off that marks the transition to summer. But while we have a holiday, tens of thousands of brave men and women in the Armed Services – including many LIUNA members – will have no respite. They and their families accept daily hardships and dangers in order to protect our democracy and freedom.

We owe these patriotic men and women, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice, losing their lives in defense of our nation, a debt of gratitude. This weekend, take a moment to reflect and honor all those who have served. As we do so, let us also continue to build a stronger LIUNA and country, so that returning veterans have opportunities to prosper when their service has ended.

On behalf of myself, LIUNA General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire General Executive Board, I wish each and every one of you an enjoyable and meaningful Memorial Day.

Thanks to our members, Cuda Law and BarTucci’s

After eight weeks traveling across the City we have reached full circle to where the appreciation lunches for our dedicated hard working essential members of LiUNA Local 1001 started, BarTucci’s. We would also like to thank Cuda Law for their show of support once again. And we would be remise if we did not mention all of the hard work and time put in by Skip and David coordinating and shooting the video’s at every event. And to those who stepped up to pitch in, Michelle, Ray, Lee, and honestly too many others to list here. Our members have been great through this long pandemic and deserve more thanks and gratitude than we can give them. We will get through this together because:

We’re Union and We Ain’t Going Nowhere! 


Please Read this City Memo

Below is an important part of a memo from the Mayor’s office that you should receive from your supervisor but we seriously doubt that so we are posting it for you to read. Please take a minute to read this, it may affect your health and your job.


STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK. You have an obligation to help make the workplace safe for all employees, as well as citizens who interact with City employees during work hours. Therefore, you must not come to work, and must notify your supervisor and/orHR liaison, if any of the following applies to you:

• You exhibit any symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 (fever or new/worse cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing);

• You’ve been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results;

• You tested positive for COVID-19; and/or

• You were told by a health care professional to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19.

Employees also have an obligation to report a positive test to the department safety officer to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You will be paid COVID-19 leave if you miss work for any of the reason listed above, and this time off does not affect any of your accrued benefit time. For more information, see the City of Chicago’s Sick Leave Policy Addendum or contact your HR Liaison. If you are absent from work for any of the reasons listed above, the department may require you to telework if you are able to do so. If you violate these policies and knowingly come to work while sick with COVID-19, you face potential discipline.

Again, DO NOT come to work if you have reason to believe you may have COVID-19 based on symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, instructed to quarantine due to exposure to the virus, or tested for COVID19 and awaiting results.

Thanks to our members, Maxwell St. Depot and Serowka Law

For the second time is just a few short weeks a local restaurant, Maxwell St. Depot and the Serowka Law firm wanted to show their appreciation to the hard working members of LiUNA Local 1001 for the excellent job they are doing during this pandemic. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude. Thanks Lee and thank you the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Thanks to our members and GWC Law

A local law Firm, GWC Law,  contacted Local 1001 and wanted to show their appreciation to the Loop Operations Laborers who are keeping Chicago’s Loop clean and running during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from GWC Law, and the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Happy Mother’s Day!


We would like to wish all the hard working mom’s of LiUNA a Happy Mother’s Day and especially the mom’s of LiUNA Local 1001. We recognize and appreciate your dedication to your family and to this great Union of ours. Enjoy ladies you’ve earned it! Feel the Power! We’re Union and We Ain’t Going Nowhere!

A Special Message From Your Union on the 2020 US Census


Be Counted!

LIUNA members are being encouraged to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census, which will help determine congressional and state legislative district lines, as well as allot federal resources for transportation, infrastructure, and education.
View video message below:


If you have not already done so, please take the time to respond to the 2020 Census today. Make sure to count everyone living in your household.  Encourage those in your inner circle to do the same.

Respond today online, by phone, or by mail. Shape your future today.
More information is available at

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), May 3-9


Honoring Our Nation’s Public Employees Today and Every Day

Washington, DC (May 4, 2020) – LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan made the following statement on this year’s Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), May 3-9.

As we mark Public Service Recognition Week, we should both honor and support those who serve our nation by providing vital services for federal, state, and local governments. LIUNA is proud to represent more than 50,000 public sector workers.

As we confront the pandemic, many public workers are on the frontlines facing unique and unprecedented risks. LIUNA thanks you for your courage and for putting the needs of others before your own. Every single American owes you an enormous debt of gratitude for your service and your sacrifice.

We must also continue to be vigilant in working together to protect the health and safety as well as wages and benefits of those in the public sector for all that they do to keep us safe and make all of our lives better.

LIUNA stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with public sector workers during Public Service Recognition Week and every day of the year.

Application Open for Donna A. Hubert Memorial Scholarship Fund

Qualified applicants will be female undergraduate students enrolled at an accredited college or university, residing in either Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota, pursuing an undergraduate degree in accounting, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship amount is $1,500 per year; applications can be done online here:

On the fifth anniversary of Partner Donna Hubert’s passing in August 2014, the Partners and Principals of Legacy Professionals LLP announced the creation of the Donna A. Hubert Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Donna was a 1979 graduate of the University of Illinois – Chicago, earning a degree in Accounting when women in the field were sufficiently rare. Donna devoted her career to Legacy and its predecessor firm, celebrating a 35th anniversary before her death. She was one of the Firm’s first female Partners and became the head of our Tax Department. Donna was a dear friend, smart as a whip, had a great sense of humor, and was a respected colleague to us all.

Our goal is to honor Donna’s contributions to the Firm and the accounting industry. Education is the gift that lasts a lifetime, and through the Donna A. Hubert Memorial Scholarship Fund, we hope that Donna’s legacy will continue to resonate for future generations of students.

The Donna A. Hubert Memorial Scholarship Fund offers an annual renewable scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year to women interested in pursuing a career in accounting. Qualified applicants will be female undergraduate students enrolled at an accredited college or university, residing in either Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota, pursuing an undergraduate degree in accounting, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship amount is $1,500 per year.

Note: Legacy Professionals LLP partners, principals and key employees and their family members are not eligible to receive this scholarship. 

Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2020.  The recipient will be announced in early July 2020. Please visit Donna A Hubert Memorial Scholarship Application to view the online application.

If you wish to donate, mail check to:

Donna A. Hubert Memorial Scholarship Fund

c/o Legacy Professionals LLP/Lisa Volland
4 Westbrook Corporate Center, Suite 700
Westchester, IL 60154

The Donna A. Hubert Memorial Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (EIN 84-4052496). Your contribution is deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent permitted by law. Because all Fund services are performed by volunteers, 100% of your contribution goes to scholarships.

Questions can be directed to

Thanks to our members, Budacki’s and GWC Law

Another local restaurant contacted Local 1001 and wanted to show their appreciation to the Streets and Sanitation Laborers who are keeping Chicago clean during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from Budacki’s.  Thanks to Jay,  GWC Law and the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

A Message from LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan

April 22, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Over the past few months, our lives have changed dramatically.  Tens of thousands of our fellow Americans and Canadians – loved ones, friends, and coworkers – have lost their lives to COVID-19, and many more have fallen ill.  If you have lost someone, you have our deepest condolences and sympathy.  If you are sick, we wish you a speedy and full recovery.

If you are still working, you have our eternal gratitude; your sacrifice and courage have not gone unnoticed.  The work you do is critical to protecting our communities, our countries, and our way of life.  You are facing unique and unprecedented risks, and you are putting the needs of others before your own.  On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I thank you for your selfless effort, determination, and bravery.

At every level of our great International Union, we are doing what Laborers always do; we carry on through adversity and crisis.  The foundation built by our predecessors and each and every one of you provides us with the tools and resources to respond quickly, strategically, and effectively to this unparalleled public health emergency.  As always, we continue to conduct the business of our union; we are developing work site safety protocols to protect the most valuable asset of our union, our members; we are making sure our voices and our views continue to be heard by elected officials; and we are fighting for relief and stimulus packages that put our members and their families first.

I want to recognize the incredible job that our District Councils, Local Unions, and affiliated funds are doing to respond to this unprecedented crisis.  I am awed and inspired by your dedication and commitment to our members, to our union, and to our two great countries.  True leaders are defined not by how they perform in the best of times, but rather by how they lead, respond, and react in the most trying and turbulent times.  Each and every one of you is a working-class warrior who makes us all proud.

I also want to thank all of our dedicated members who are following the guidance of public health officials, taking care of themselves and their families, checking in on neighbors, and doing their part to keep us all healthy and safe.  Never before in my life have I seen such a clear demonstration of the goodness and greatness of all our members than I have witnessed over the past few months.  I have never felt more honored and humbled to be your General President than I do right now.

In the 117 years since a small group of hod carriers and building laborers came together to organize our union, we have been through war and peace, boom and bust, good times and bad.  We have survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, and many economic downturns.  Through it all, we have persevered because of our solidarity, our unity, and our strength.  No one member of LIUNA ever stands alone; each and every one of us has an army of 500,000 strong, proud, and united LIUNA brothers and sisters standing by our side.

Despite the challenges and hardships we are facing, I am convinced that LIUNA will emerge from this with a renewed and uncompromising commitment to fight for justice, honor, and strength for all workers.

I thank you and your families for your continued faith in, and loyalty to, our great International Union.  May you continue to always Feel the Power, Use the Power, and Be the Power.

Thanks to our members and Nick’s Gyros

Another local restaurant contacted Local 1001 and wanted to show their appreciation to the Streets and Sanitation Laborers who are keeping Chicago clean during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from Nick’s Gyros.  Thanks to Nick Spinos, and the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

1001 members getting cloth masks

Beginning today washable, reusable, cloth mask will be mailed to each member of Local 1001. It is not a respirator or an N-95 mask. It’s a CDC-recommended face covering for situations where social distancing isn’t possible. Please wear it at work, when other respirators aren’t required, to reduce the risk of infection to you and those around you.


Thanks to our members, Calabria Imports and Serowka Law

Another local restaurant contacted Local 1001 and wanted to show their appreciation to the Streets and Sanitation Laborers who are keeping Chicago clean during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from Calabria Imports.  Thanks to Calabria Imports, Serowka Law, and the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Thanks to our members and Jimmy’s Red Hots

Another local restaurant contacted Local 1001 and wanted to show their appreciation to the Streets and Sanitation Laborers who are keeping Chicago clean during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from Jimmy’s Red Hots.  Thanks to Jimmy’s Red Hots, Cuda Law, and the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!