Our blog section contains press releases issued by Great Plains LECET, original writings on projects being built by LIUNA members and their contractors and pieces on the activities of LIUNA and their affiliated offices. We also post articles written by some of our friends. Take a look at the latest.

Consequences of a Highly Automated Construction Industry

JANUARY 23, 2018

The Potential Economic Consequences of a Highly Automated Construction Industry   What if construction is the next manufacturing, with automation replacing hundreds of thousands of middleclass workers over the next generation? In the future, technological changes that displace human labor in the construction industry could have consequences for workers, families, and the U.S. economy. This report is a theoretical assessment...

Laborers Speak up for Windfarm

JANUARY 12, 2018

BLOOMINGTON — Union laborers who could build a new McLean County wind farm and local landowners who would live near it squared off Wednesday in one of a series of public forums on the proposal. Workers spoke in favor of Chicago alternative energy company Invenergy’s special-use permit for the McLean County Wind Energy Center because it would create jobs over the...

Chamber and Labor finding similar goals in 2018

DECEMBER 13, 2017

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce announced its 2018 legislative priorities Tuesday – many which require funding – designed to support a competitive business climate, skilled workforce, quality-of-place programs and modern infrastructure and transportation systems. Interim CEO Kristin Glass said public policy platform is “truly reflective of the needs of area companies. The Chamber’s 19-member Business Advocacy Council developed the...

Highway Contractors and Labor with one unified message for Illinois

DECEMBER 08, 2017

Dec. 7 United Contractors Midwest, Inc. hosted thousands of their employees, community leaders, sub contractors, Union officials and many elected officials for their 2017 Holiday celebration.  As you filled out a name tag and proceeded into the banquet hall you were welcomed with a 20’X15′ banner.  The banner (pictured above) had a unified message that seemed to solidify with all...

SwedishAmerican opening new clinic in Rockford

NOVEMBER 15, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The Illinois Health and Human Services Review Board approves the construction of a new 70,000 square-foot SwedishAmerican clinic in Rockford. The new clinic will be on Bell School Road near the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center campus. The clinic will be home to around 100 clinic rooms and 25 providers. It will house OB/GYN, pediatrics, family practice,...