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

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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: https://form.jotform.com/200226687768061

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 DAHScholarship@legacycpas.com.

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.

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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!

Thanks to our members and Al’s Pizza

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 Al’s Pizza.  Thanks to Mike Karalis and staff, and thank you the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Thanks to our members and Tempesta Market.

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 Tempesta Market.  Thanks  to Agostino and Anthony Fiasche, and thank you the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Thanks to our members and Maxwell St. Depot

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 Maxwell Street Depot.  Thanks Lee and thank you the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Thanks to our members and BarTucci

One of the local restaurants 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 just as they do every day and unfortunately go unnoticed. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from BarTucci, Thanks Gino and thank you the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

INFECTIOUS DISEASE AWARENESS ONLINE TRAINING

While we are all on a stay at home order please take the time to do this online training that LiUNA is offering for free. Create an account with a valid email address and you’re set. You will receive a certificate upon completion which takes less than 120 minutes for the entire course. Some great insights and information in this time of mis-information.

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Office Contact Information

Due to the recent stay at home order from Governor Pritzker, we have decided to protect our staff and close the physical office at 323 S. Ashland.
During this time the office phone number 312.226.1001 will remain operational and to further assist we have listed the cell numbers for our staff. We will be working from the field and will return calls so please leave a message if you can’t immediately reach someone. Thank you for your hard work and stay safe.

James Ellis 312.257.8811
Victor Roa 312.806.5456
Bob Chianelli 312.550.2165
Nicole Hayes 773.875.8205
Skip Marcucci 312.813.4996
Will Irving 773.844.4181

ATTENTION LiUNA LOCAL 1001 MEMBERS

THE CITY OF CHICAGO HAS DEEMED THE MAJORITY OF OUR MEMBERS AS “ESSENTIAL” UNLESS YOU ARE SPECIFICALLY TOLD NOT TO REPORT TO WORK YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO DO SO.

EVEN WITH THE CURRENT SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER FROM GOVERNOR PRITZKER YOU SHOULD REPORT TO WORK.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION DURING THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO AND ASK ALL TO PLEASE STAY SAFE.

Consider switching from paper to direct deposit now

Due to the COVID-19 Virus and its transmission via something as simple as a paper check we are encouraging members who are not on direct deposit to join.

Please make sure all the following steps below are completed. We want to limit errors made on the form that will cause Finance to reject them.

ALL BELOW ARE REQUIRED

1. Signature

2. Last 4 of SS# and or Employee number

3. clearly write account and routing numbers on the form

4. All direct deposit forms MUST HAVE  either a voided check or a letter from the bank on letter head with the account and routing number printed on the letter.

If any of the above are not complete the form will be rejected.

Please speak to your Supervisor to get you signed up for direct deposit today!

 

List of Pre-Identified Break Locations

We understand the limited availability of locations to take a break 10-7 and have been working with various Departments to try and make identify facilities where our members can go to take their breaks. Below is a list of Pre-determined break locations supplied to the Union by DSS. There of course may be more and more added in the future, we will keep you up to date as that information changes. Your Union is working to get all of us through this very challenging and difficult time, we appreciate your continued hard work and ask all of you to stay safe out there.

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COVID-19 Update on Essential Services and Possible Draw Downs (Pay)

Update from last nights meeting with the City of Chicago. 

As early as tomorrow the City will begin drawing down its services. As of right now, all of our members at the City work in Departments that are providing “essential services”. We are being told that even those Departments considered “essential” may see a draw down of employees very soon.

Some members may be ordered to “tele-work”, or work from home, but all of our members will be paid their normal salary, and keep their benefits, during this temporary draw down of services.

We are working with the City to ensure this draw down is as orderly as possible, and protects our members while ensuring we can continue to safely provide the services necessary to get the City through this pandemic.

Again, any employees told to stay home during this temporary draw down will be paid and keep their benefits.

COVID-19 RESOURCES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

To combat the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and ensure that City employees and their dependents have access to critical medical care, the City will make available new resources. These resources are available to you and your dependents effective immediately.

ACCESS TO TELEHEALTH SERVICES

City employees and their dependents enrolled in the City’s Healthcare Plans will have access to Telehealth services.

Telehealth visits currently include 2-way, live interactive telephone communication and digital video consultations, which can allow concerned members to connect with their physicians while reducing the risk of exposure to contagious viruses or further illness.

The coverage for these services is temporary and will end on December 31, 2020 or the date the state of emergency declaration by the State of Illinois expires (if earlier).

Telehealth services will only be covered as follows:

  • When all other Plan provisions are met, including medical necessity, and
  • When provided in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) will allow all medical providers that are eligible to bill for Telehealth services to do so for COVID-19 or other eligible claims for other diagnoses. Plan co-pays and deductibles would apply should an employee and/or his/her dependents elect to use Telehealth services.

PRESCRIPTION BENEFITS

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, we understand you may have concerns about accessing prescription medications – especially if you or loved ones have a chronic or complex condition. CVS Caremark®is taking steps to protect your access to medication and we encourage you to refill maintenance medications with a 90-day supply or up to the plan maximum.

Here is some additional information about your CVS Caremark pharmacy benefits we hope is useful to you. You may take advantage of:

Relaxed refill restrictions. We are temporarily waiving early refill limits on 30-day prescriptions for maintenance medications at any in-network pharmacy. You can now fill maintenance medication prescriptions ahead of schedule. Restrictions apply (e.g. opioid prescriptions).

Free home delivery. CVS Pharmacy® has waived charges for home delivery of all prescription medications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people at higher risk for COVID-19 complications to stay at home as much as possible, so this convenient option can help you avoid coming to the pharmacy for refills or new maintenance prescriptions. As always, there is no charge for delivery of prescriptions filled by CVS Caremark Mail Service pharmacy, when you choose mail. If you have any questions contact CVS/Caremark Customer Service line at 1-866-748-0028.

COVID-19 Update for DSS

Your Union has been working with DSS to ensure the health and safety of our members since the announcement of the severity of the COVID-19 virus. In an effort to address some of the repeated concerns of the Union, DSS will be sending the below information out to the Grids today. We asked DSS to address the lack of places to eat, the use of personal vehicles, 10/7’s and the crowded swipe rooms.

Below is the information being sent to all Divisions by DSS.

  1. For those employees that are coming to work, let’s encourage them to bring their lunch to work. Many locations that our employees would frequent are no longer accessible.
  2. If approached, you can allow that employee to drive their own vehicle to a check point. they are still expected to swipe in and out, sign in and out at the district. If the vehicle is the clean and safe place they want to eat, we should allow that. We should monitor any employee driving to make sure they are not abusing this privilege.
  3. In regards to 10-7 breaks, we want to be mindful that it may take a little bit longer to find somewhere to use the restroom.
  4. We should allow all persons the opportunity to separate themselves from a crowd by sitting in their vehicles until it’s time to swipe in or out.

A Message from the LABF

LABORERS’ AND RETIREMENT BOARD EMPLOYEES’ ANNUITY AND BENEFIT FUND OF CHICAGO

COVID-19 NOTICE

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus known as COVID-19. The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services declared COVID-19 presents a public health emergency and Governor Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation in response to COVID-19.

Since COVID-10 has been detected in numerous locations in Illinois including Chicago the LABF is taking the following steps to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our members and employees:

– Cancelling all in person appointments

– Requesting members and other stakeholders to NOT visit the LABF offices

– Requiring employees who are sick to remain at home

– Providing hand sanitizer throughout the LABF offices

– Encouraging members and employees to follow the CDC recommended measures to protect yourself and others (visit http://www.CDC.gov for more information)

If you have an existing scheduled appointment, and have not heard from the LABF, please contact the LABF to determine if the appointment can be handled over the phone or if your appointment will need to be rescheduled. The LABF can be contacted by phone, fax, or email. Contact information follows:

– Phone number: (312) 236-2065

– Fax number: (312) 236-0574

– Email address: http://www.BenefitServices@LABFChicago.org

Please be assured that all benefit payments will continue to be paid in a timely manner.

And, currently the LABF offices will remain open for business; however, the LABF will continue to monitor the situation and adapt as it develops. Your understanding and patience are much appreciated during this unfortunate and rapidly evolving worldwide health emergency and we hope that you and your family remain healthy.