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March 17, 2018
Internal Organizing

Hosted by University of Illinois Labor Education Program

Employment Relations Building, Basement Room 35, 504 E. Armory Ave., Champaign, IL:  9 AM - 5 PM

Saturday - This class will discuss ways to educate, organize and mobilize the members.  We will review examples of how

some locals have succeeded in transforming their unions.  Topics include collective action around grievances; confronting

and overcoming divisions such as over race, gender or immigration status; responding to apathetic or anti-union members;

organizing member-to-member action networks and contract campaigns; and building strategic campaigns and labor-community

alliances.  This class qualifies as a Certificate Course with 6 courses earning a Certificate in Labor Studies. 

For more information visit and click "Worker Education".  Each class is $150 for single or $100

for 2 students or more - call 217-333.0980.



April 28, 2018
Worker Memorial Day

Hosted by various Central Labor Councils throughout Illinois

Alton, Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield and Ottawa, IL


On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. We commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions to seek a better future.  The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.  But our work is not done. Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.  We come together on April 28 Workers Memorial Day to pledge to continue with the fight for safe jobs.  Events will be listed as we collect them:


Alton – Saturday, April 28, the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO will hold their annual Workers’ Memorial Day services at the Workers Memorial Statue located in the Gordon F. Moore Community Park, Highway 140 and Park Rd, Alton.  Services will begin at 2:00 PM.  Contact Mike Fultz (618) 409-4314 or Dean Webb at 618-259-8558.


Bloomington - Friday, April 27, Bloomington-Normal Trades and Labor Assembly Workers’ Memorial Day Service at 6:00 a.m. at Bloomington’s White Oak Park (off Cottage Avenue).  The names of 200 local workers who have lost their lives on the job will be read.  Call 309-208-1120 for more details. 


Champaign – Saturday, April 28, Champaign County AFL-CIO and the East Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades will host a memorial event at the Champaign County Worker Memorial site in Dodds Park, 1501 N. Mattis Avenue in Champaign, IL.  The ceremony will begin at 9:00 AM and will honor Russell L. Chism, IAFF Local 1147 (Urbana) member and John O. Marxmiller whose names have been recently added to the memorial, will feature a keynote address and a memorial wreath presentation.  Various union, community and political leaders will be in attendance. 


Decatur – Friday, April 27, Decatur Trades and Labor Assembly Workers’ Memorial Day Service, 5:30 PM on the northwest corner of the Macon County Courthouse lawn, located at 253 West Wood Street in downtown Decatur.  Reading of the names of those who have died on the job.  Contact Lloyd Holman, 217-620-4923 or Bill Francisco, 217-428-3013.


Joliet – Friday, April 27, Will and Grundy Counties Trades and Labor Council annual Workers’ Memorial Day Dinner at the IBEW 176 Banquet Hall in Joliet.  Tickets are $90.  Contact Charlie Hanus at 815-744-2886.


Peoria –Monday, April 30, Labor Council of West Central Illinois Workers’ Memorial Service.  Gather at the Peoria Labor Temple, 400 NE Jefferson in Peoria at 5:00 PM and walk to the Workers’ Memorial Monument at City Hall, 419 Fulton Street, Peoria. A brief memorial service to honor our fallen brothers & sisters who have died or have been seriously injured as a result of workplace accidents.  Contact Mike Everett at 309-645-4901.


Rockford – Saturday, April 28, the Rockford United Labor Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Workers’ Memorial Tablets located behind the E.J. ‘Zeke’ Giorgi Building, 200 South Wyman Street in Rockford.  The event will be at 5:00 PM.  For more information, contact Bill Corey, 815-968-1411.


Springfield - Springfield & Central Illinois Trades & Labor Council Workers Memorial Day event will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Hall of Flags in the Howlett Building, 501 S Second Street, Springfield, Il.  Following the speaker, we will go to the Illinois Workers Memorial Statue to place roses and then return to the Hall of Flags for a reception.


Ottawa - Details coming soon.



May 16-20, 2018
Regina Polk School

Hosted by University of Illinois Labor Education Program

Pere Marquette Lodge, Grafton, IL:  9 AM - 5 PM


Women's Leadership Conference will be held at the Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, Illinois with scholarships available.  Cost is $675.  Apply at or email  More details coming.



June 11, 2018
11th Annual COPE Golf Outing

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO

The Rail Golf Course, Springfield, IL


Details coming soon.



June 12, 2018
COPE Endorsements for General Elections

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO

Springfield, IL:  8 AM to Noon


COPE session will be held to determine endorsed candidates for the November 6, 2018 General election. 

This meeting is for delegates with credentials only.  For more information, contact Bill Looby, 217-492-2612.


September 20-21, 2018
43rd Illinois AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO

Rosemont, IL


Details coming soon.









































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