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April 18, 2015

Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council PAC Golf Scramble

The 20th Annual Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council PAC Golf Scramble is scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015 at Fox Creek Country Club.

March 30, 2012

Koch Brothers Say, "Don't Watch this Video"

March 22, 2012

Chicago Pipefitters Show Off Big City Fishing on Brotherhood Outdoors

Spring is here, and that means—Fishing!   Jumpstart your fishing season and join the adventure as three Chicago pipefitters hit Lake Michigan to see who can muscle in the biggest trout on Brotherhood Outdoors and prove that big cities can offer great fishing too.  Tune in to Sportsman Channel on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. on Xfinity channels 416 and 554 in the Chicago area, HD channel 252 in Chicago or check your local TV provider.  Encore airing at 10 p.m. «read more

March 22, 2012

Conference Call with Senator Shrrod Brown (D-OH)

On Tuesday, March 27th at 3:30 p.m. EDT, please join Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for a conference call on the bipartisan surface transportation bill.

The bipartisan bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), passed the Senate overwhelmingly, by a vote of 74 to 22, on March 14, and would reauthorize the nation’s surface transportation programs for two years. This bill would rebuild America’s roads and bridges, modernize our transit systems, and create or save almost three million good-paying jobs.

If the House does not pass this bill the current transportation authorization is set to expire on March 31st.

Call information:

Date: Tuesday, March 27th
•Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
•Title: Tell the House to pass bipartisan surface transportation bill now.

Note that you will receive the call-in number after you RSVP for the call.  If you have any questions, please contact me directly at:  202-756-4663 (

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March 20, 2012

Right to Work and its Impact on the Labor Movement

Indiana just passed the first Right to Work legislation of any state in a decade and the first ever in America's rustbelt. What does this mean for workers in Indiana, and the rest of us. Join us for a valuable and urgent class and discussion focused on Right to Work and its impact on workers and unions. «read more

March 20, 2012

America's Building Trades Unions YouTube Channel

Be sure to check out America's Building Trades and Unions YouTube Channel. All of the videos posted to their "Value on Display...Every Day" Channel can be shown at meetings or conferences. Additionally, state and local building trades councils can easily capture the video codes from YouTube and imbed these videos into their own websites. «read more

March 16, 2012

IL Dept. of Veterans' Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 214 Present Opportunity and Information Day

Various State and Federal Agencies will be avaliable for discussions on federal/state/local benefits for veterans, their spouses, and dependents. «read more

March 1, 2012

Union Sportsmen's Alliance 3rd Annual Southern Illinois Sporting Clays Shoot

Once again, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance is heading your way for a fun-filled day of busting clays at the 3rd Annual Southern Illinois Sporting Clays Shoot. Last year, IBEW Local 702 took home the trophy for the highest overall team score. Will they maintain their title for another year, or will your team seize it from their grasp?

The only way to find out is by joining us for a good natured sporting clays competition among your union brothers and sisters. Off the course, you'll enjoy great food and chances to win tons of outdoor gear including knives, guns, reels, boot dryers, a welder and more.

You'll have a blast, and your registration will support the USA's efforts to expand and improve hunting and fishing access and wildlife habitat throughout North America. «read more

February 24, 2012

Mitt Romney Flip Flops on Unions

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received the endorsement of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at their national meeting which is being held in Arizona. During his address Governor Romney said: "One of the first things I will do, actually on day one, is I will end the government's favoritism towards unions and contracting on federal projects. I will fight to repeal Davis-Bacon...and I will fight for right-to-work laws." «read more

February 15, 2012

Building Construction Trade Unions Get Major Victory in Virginia

Virginia fails to thwart use of union labor on Dulles project

Virginia isn't a state which has been particularly kind to union construction or organized labor on a whole, but on Tuesday in a major victory for America’s Building Trades Unions, the state Senate on Tuesday struck down an measure that would have prevented officials building the Dulles Metro rail project from signing onto a labor agreement that favors the use of union labor on the $6 billion project. The vote was 19-20, with one republican abstaining and was particularly surprising because the House already passed a bill that promised to withhold $150 million in state funding for phase two of the rail project if officials insisted on using union labor. «read more

February 10, 2012

Unions in a “death spiral”? Not on my job site

Steve Cooper, the Social Media consultant for the Building and Construction Trades Department (and chief blogger at WE Party Patriots) was given the chance to respond to an article in Salon magazine saying private sector unionism had all but vanished. «read more

January 26, 2012

Union Construction Trades Say President Obama Lays Out Common Sense Approach

President Obama has called on Congress to come together and advance common sense policies that will continue to turn our economy around while strengthening core economic fundamentals that will pave the way for continued growth and shared prosperity moving forward. We commend the President and agree that this is a make or break moment for the American middle class and those who are striving to reach it. «read more

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