JOB BID ANNOUNCEMENT – FOREMAN OF LABORERS – CDOT

BID ANNOUNCEMENT   FOREMAN OF LABORERS

Job Number: 305616

Department of Transportation

This position is covered under the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the County, Municipal Supervisors and Foreman-Local 1001 (Bargaining Unit 54).  Only employees in City job titles in this bargaining unit are eligible to bid on this position.

 IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, 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

 Number of Positions: 1

Under general supervision, functions as a working supervisor over work crews, including Laborers and participates in the performance of unskilled manual work of a physical nature at assigned maintenance, repair or sanitation jobs / work sites, and performs related duties as required.

See the full bid in the Jobs section of our app or apply on line here www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS 

Life Insurance Deadline is Approaching

As a reminder, all active 1001 members have $10,000 in life coverage and $5,000 in AD&D coverage that comes with your dues.

Everyone needs to fill out a new beneficiary form.  You can do this by going here or calling 1-888-212-7822.

Friday is the deadline to buy extra life insurance through the Midwest Coalition of Labor. You can buy anywhere from $10,000 to $200,000 in additional life and AD&D, as well as $30,000 in life coverage for your spouse, all at low rates with no medical questions.

You must call before the end of the month.

Happy Thanksgiving from LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan

There is much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Holiday, not the least of which is the strength of LIUNA, which allows us to care for ourselves and our families. Personally, I am thankful for the work, skills, and dedication of each and every one of our half-million members. You build and strengthen not only our union, but also make our country a better place through your efforts on the job and in your communities.

As we give thanks and share time with our families and friends, let us also remember those who are not sharing our good holiday fortunes – those in the armed forces far from home, those struggling with personal loss or with other challenges. Let us always remember them and commit ourselves to salute those who keep us safe and to help those in need.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I wish each and every one of you and your families a safe, meaningful and enjoyable holiday.

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Job/Bid Announcement – Field Service Specialist II – CDOT

FIELD SERVICE SPECIALIST II

Job Number:311234

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 SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS

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: 2

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

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Conducts field inspections of construction, demolition, and excavation sites requiring a detailed knowledge of City codes to ensure the placement of proper barricades and signs for the safety of vehicular and pedestrian traffic
  • Inspects construction staging areas to ensure compliance with relevant regulations (e.g., checking permits, confirming compliance of safety buffer zones with City ordinances)
  • Inspects work sites to ensure the public way is safe and clear of obstructions and issues tickets for violations observed
  • Inspects the public way in response to complaints from residents, aldermanic offices, and other departments regarding traffic impediments resulting from construction activity
  • Interprets applicable city codes and ordinances to contractors and complaints
  • Re-inspects problem areas to verify that ticketed violations have been corrected
  • Conducts traffic surveys to identify current conditions (e.g., traffic capacity, parking restrictions) in connection with traffic engineering, traffic control, and parking studies
  • Collects field information including the location traffic signs and markings and the direction and volume of traffic flow for use in determining the need for traffic signs
  • Reviews field notes on current conditions and traffic accident data to recommend the removal or replacement of worn or damaged traffic signs
  • Prepares work orders to replace worn or damaged traffic signs, pavement markings, and guardrails
  • Prepares field sketches and charts to illustrate construction, current traffic conditions, and activities to support other survey data
  • Maintains daily activity reports

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

Location: Varies

Shift:        Varies 

THIS POSITION IS IN THE CAREER SERVICE

For more info check out the Jobs tab on our app or the Local 1001 website. 

A Message from LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan

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In Remembrance of Veterans

On this Veterans Day and Remembrance Day we proudly salute the men and women in uniform across the United States and Canada. Whether based far from home or on reserve and at the ready in communities across our nations, the sacrifices of our Armed Forces make it possible for us to exercise our rights and freedoms.

In the 115 years since our founding, tens of thousands of LIUNA members have been among those who have stood for us and our nations. It is our solemn obligation to continue to stand with them by supporting programs such as Helmets to Hardhats, which reward their service with good family-supporting jobs, and by fighting for policies that meet veterans’ needs when they return to civilian life.

The dedication and willingness of these men and women to encounter danger and to pay its price – from lost time with their families to the loss of life and limb – demonstrates an integrity and courage that we must never forget and which must always inspire us.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, let us mark this holiday and every day by thanking our veterans. They are the strong, proud and united defenders of our nation, and we will always be in their debt.

Job/Bid Announcement – Dispatcher Asphalt

DISPATCHER – ASPHALT   Job Number: 305647

Department of Transportation

 This position is covered under the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the County, Municipal Supervisors and Foremen – Local 1001 (Bargaining Unit 54).  Only employees in City job titles in this bargaining unit are eligible to bid on this position.

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, 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

Number of Positions: 1

Under general supervision, work in the Department of Transportation, assigned to staff an asphalt district office or the central office for asphalt operations, performing a variety of dispatch / communications and administrative activities to support the work functions of asphalt work crews in the field, and performs related duties as required

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

 Asphalt District Office

  • Prepares daily route sheets, rotating crews through wards in district based on review of daily reports from central office
  • Accesses 311-CSR system to generate daily worksheets for crews with assignment and location of potholes to be filled/repaired
  • Receives deliveries of cold patch asphalt at district office yard and prepares and completes load tickets to track the usage of asphalt materials
  • Takes calls from department personnel, aldermanic offices and other city departments reporting potholes in the district; enters data into the 311-CSR system to create service requests
  • Receives calls from crews reporting potholes repaired and jobs completed; accesses 311-CSR system to update records and close out service requests
  • Maintains contact with crews in the field and relays information on work priorities or emergency requests for pothole repairs; receives and relays messages between field and central office
  • Reviews for completeness and accuracy daily worksheets submitted by work crews detailing work completed, size of crew and hours worked, equipment used, and asphalt materials expended during work shift
  • Uses Excel to maintain and update work records, track data and prepare productivity reports
  • Maintains the security of district office, ensuring office and yard area are locked and secured

CHECK OUT THE JOBS SECTION OF OUR APP OR ONLINE AT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

APPLY ONLINE HERE

Give Yourselves a Hand!

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We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the members, their families and their friends, for their help in getting all of our Union friendly candidates elected.

From rallies, to phone banking, to simply getting everyone you know out to support what Unions stand for in Illinois, you did a great job and last night proved it.

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From the Governor’s race on down, Union brothers and sisters stood together and proved that when Laborers’ vote together we Win!

Let’s keep this momentum going for the upcoming Spring 2019 Mayoral and Aldermanic elections. The message is clear, We’re Union And We Ain’t Going Nowhere!

LiUNA! Feel the Power

 

Finish Strong! Vote Tomorrow.

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Tomorrow, you have the power to decide who will control Congress, Statehouses, and local governments across the nation.  

You have the POWER to cast your vote to protect good jobs, benefits and the union way of life. This election is crucial from key governor’s races and state representatives to members of Congress who could act to protect prevailing wages and our rights on the job or strip it all away. 

I know how hard you and your LIUNA brothers and sisters have been working this election: knocking on doors, making phone calls, sending text messages, and talking with friends and family. Let’s finish the job and take it to the polls tomorrow.

Remember that your vote is your voice.  Use your POWER and let our voices be heard.  

In case you missed it, watch:

  LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan with a Message on the election

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One More Thing to Do!

Alright so we have the time change thing behind us which means there is only one thing left to do.

Tomorrow is Election Day, so if you haven’t voted yet you owe it to yourself, your family and your future to Vote!

Voting is your right and your privilege as an American and most of all as a Union member. Please get out there and vote and bring a friend.

Laborers’ Vote – Laborers’ Win!

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Two Very Important Things Happening!

First let’s not forget to set our clocks back an hour tonight before you go to bed, especially that alarm clock. Let’s call it practice run for our Monday morning wakeup.

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And second please don’t forget that Tuesday is one of the most important days of 2018. It’s Election Day, so get your family, friends and neighbors out there and VOTE!

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Laborers’ Vote – Laborers’ Win!

Another Job Well Done!

Thanks and congratulations to our LiUNA Local 1001 brother Randy Mosby for his outstanding work that he, along with all of our members do each and every day.

Below is a letter of commendation to brother Mosby from City of Chicago, Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner John Tully.

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Dispatcher Arborist Bid Announcement

BID ANNOUNCEMENT – Dispatcher Arborist 

DEPARTMENT OF STREETS & SANITATION

VACANCIES:  1

Under general supervision, works in the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s Bureau of Forestry, assigning staff, performing a variety of dispatch/communications and administrative activities to support the work functions of Forestry work crews in the field, and performs related duties as required

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Relays information to staff in the field and to callers on the cultivation, management, health and safety of a wide variety of tree species.
  • Interacts with work crews on methods to be used in the care and maintenance for various types of tree species
  • Prepares daily route sheets, rotating crews through wards in district based on review of daily  reports from central office
  • Accesses 311-CSR system to generate daily worksheets for crews with assignment and location of trees to be trimmed/removed
  • Takes calls from department personnel, aldermanic offices and other city departments reporting  problems with trees in the district; enters data into the 311-CSR system to create service requests
  • Receives calls and advises from crews reporting issues trees or equipment and jobs completed; accesses 311-CSR system to update records and close out service requests
  • Maintains contact with crews in the field and relays information on work priorities or emergency requests for tree planting trimming/removals; receives and relays messages between field and central office
  • Reviews for completeness and accuracy daily worksheets submitted by work crews detailing work completed, size of crew and hours worked, equipment used during work shifts
  • Uses Excel to maintain and update work records, track data and prepare productivity reports
  • Maintain contact with foremen of work crews to ensure work is progressing and arrange for additional resources as needed, and relay directives between central office and the field
  • Access records on various systems (e.g., in-house projects system, 311-CSR)  to maintain project records, update project and work schedules and close out completed projects
  • Maintains and tracks data of section’s work accomplishments (e.g., trees planted/ trimmed/removed, tree stump removed) and prepares productivity reports

NOTE:  The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class. 

LOCATION:  2352 S. Ashland

DAYS OFF:  Varies                          

      HOURS:  Varies

THIS POSITION IS IN THE CAREER SERVICE.

Qualifications

One year of experience working in a field or office position as a certified Arborist.  Must be certified as an Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

Unposting Date: Nov 1, 2018, 11:59:00 PM

BU: 54  Salary: $42.72 

Pay Basis: hourly

Our Members have stepped up post Janus and we are proud of them!

We hit 300!

As most of you know LiUNA Local 1001 began a Union Pride reaffirmation movement just weeks after the Janus decision and we are happy to say that it has been a huge success.

Our members stood proud and not only signed hundreds and hundreds of reaffirmation and dues check off forms but demonstrated their Union pride by joing in one of the now 300 plus videos that have been submitted.

We appreciate all of their support and thank them as our Union family is showing strength in numbers and pride and dedication to LiUNA!

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

Check out the videos here.

 

Open enrollment period for your new Union Member Life Insurance starts today!

As you know, all non-retired members of Local 1001 now have a $10,000 Life Insurance policy and a $5,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy that come automatically from being a member.

Now, between today and November 30, all non-retired members have the opportunity to purchase up to $200,000 in additional Life Insurance through Voya, with no medical questions or exams, as well as $200,000 in additional Accidental Death and Dismemberment Coverage. The price for additional Life and AD&D coverage is based solely on your age.

Just visit http://liunachicago.massmarkweb.com/ to enroll.

You can buy up to $200,000 more for a total of $210,000. Or you can buy less, it’s up to you. The process should take less than ten minutes, just have your social security number (and your spouse’s) ready along with your bank account number and routing number.

We are able to offer this because we, along with several other unions, founded the Midwest Coalition of Labor to provide quality benefits at low prices. Because we are over 100,000 union members strong, companies are willing to offer us great prices on benefits like this.

Check out www.coalitionoflabor.org to review all of the benefits you currently have as a member of Local 1001.

It’s important to stress that this additional Life Insurance comes with no medical questions, tests, or exams. If you smoke, are overweight, have multiple medical conditions, even if you are terminally ill, you still pay the same price as everyone else your age. This is an extraordinary benefit and this open enrollment will only happen once, in future years you will only be able to buy $30,000 in additional coverage each year. So please talk with your family and take advantage of this opportunity.

Appellate court affirms denial of right to work law in Lincolnshire

Chicago Sun-Times

A federal appeals court reaffirmed an earlier federal judge’s decision denying northwest suburban Lincolnshire the right to establish a right-to-work-ordinance.

The court ruled that while the National Labor Relations Act does allow individual states to pass right-to-work laws, the law does not provide wiggle room for states to pass that responsibility to local governments.

To do so would create “administrative nightmares” in the form of a patchwork of confusing and clashing local labor laws, U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Circuit Judge Diane Wood pointed out in the unanimous opinion.

“No one would be able to figure out what is legal and what is not,” Wood wrote, explaining that Illinois alone has almost 7,000 local governments.

So-called “right-to-work” laws allow workers to opt out of paying union fees even if the very same workers benefit from union collective bargaining.

“The idea that businesses operate exclusively within [the village of Lincolnshire’s] borders strikes us as fanciful,” Wood wrote. “Is an employee subject to an agency agreement one day, when his job takes him to nearby Chicago, and not the next day, when he happens to be working on-site in Lincolnshire?”

Wood compared the situation to Medicaid.

“States have the power to choose whether to opt into Medicaid, but that power must be exercised by the state as a whole and cannot be re-delegated,” she wrote in the decision.

Lincolnshire in 2015 enacted a right-to-work ordinance. The ordinance was challenged in federal court by several unions. In January 2017, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ruled in favor of the unions.

Friday’s 7th Circuit Appeals Court decision, however, runs counter to a 2016 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that reviewed a right-to-work case in Kentucky and ruled in favor of the ability of municipalities to establish right-to-work laws.

“We now have a split between the 6th and 7th Circuit Courts, which presents us with the opportunity to appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme Court. We intend to do so,” said Diana Rickert of the Chicago-based Liberty Justice Center, which represented Lincolnshire.

The Justice Center — which is affiliated with the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank — also represented former Illinois state worker Mark Janus, whose case against “fair share” union payments resulted in a Supreme Court decision in June that was major blow to public-sector labor groups across the country.

Terrance McGann, an attorney representing the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters in the lawsuit, said he “could only anticipate the case would be well received” but hopes the issue does not reach the Supreme Court.

“Judge Kennelly’s ruling, as well as the 7th Circuit’s backing that ruling, are both legally sound,” he said. “My concern is the Supreme Court may want to make this fit a rationale that fits a political agenda.”

Job/Bid Announcement – Field Vehicle Investigator – $56,076.00

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT       Job Number: 306565

Description SEASONAL FIELD VEHICLE INVESTIGATOR 

DEPARTMENT OF STREETS & SANITATION 

NOTE:  These positions are SEASONAL, working from December 2018 through March 2019 in the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s Overnight Parking Ban Program.  Work hours vary beginning after midnight, five days a week, with varying days off. 

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 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    

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 GET 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:  10 

DUTIES

  • Drives a city vehicle, patrolling an assigned route to enforce the city’s regulations restricting parking on city streets, checking for vehicles parked in designated no parking / tow zones during snow.
  • Determines if vehicles are eligible for tow and prepares a vehicle tow case report, ensuring information is printed in a neat and legible manner.
  • Completes reports by entering information including reason for tow, location of vehicle, make and type of vehicle, city sticker number and expiration date, license plate number and expiration date and vehicle inventory description.
  • Signs and dates tow case reports and give to tow truck driver for towing of vehicles.
  • Writes and issues citations/tickets for parking violations as required.
  • Works with tow truck drivers to coordinate towing operations, ensuring tow trucks return to appropriate route locations.
  • Prepares daily activity reports.
  • Investigates 311 service requests relating to abandoned or hazardous vehicles as assigned.
  • Performs related duties as required.

NOTE:  The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive: there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

NOTE:  Employees may be required to work additional hours or shifts when necessary to clear street vehicles impacting snow or emergency operations. 

LOCATION:  1717 W. 39th Street

 DAYS OFF:  Varies                          

 HOURS:  Midnight – 8:00 a.m.

THIS POSITION IS NOT IN THE CAREER SERVICE.

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)  Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59p.m. CDT on 10/11/18.  No exceptions will be made.

Unposting Date: Oct 11, 2018, 11:59:00 PM

BU: 54     Salary: $56,076.00 |  Pay Basis:Yearly

Special Olympics Plane Pull

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Local 1001 members came out to participate in a great cause for the Special Olympics, the 2018 Plane Pull at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Our team of  proud LiUNA members did a great job, as they always do.

The Plane Pull features the ultimate tug-of-war competition, as teams of up to 20 battle a UPS Airbus A300 or United Airlines 737, weighing more than 180,000 lbs.  That is right, the plane weights nearly 90 tons!

Thanks to everyone who came out to pull and to support our team, see you next year.

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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.