April 28, 2017
Workers Memorial Day
Hosted by AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils
Various communities in IL
Each year, Central Labor Councils coordinate activities on Worker Memorial Day to remember those workers who have lost
their lives on the job. Memorial services are held around Illinois to honor those who have fallen and to call on elected officials
to continue the fight for safer work conditions.
For a statewide list click here.
Alton – Friday, April 28, the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO will hold their annual Workers’ Memorial
Day services beginning at the Muenstermann Pavilion & concluding at the Workers Memorial Statue located in the
Gordon F. Moore Community Park, Highway 140 and Park Rd, Alton. Services will begin at 7:00 PM.
Contact Mike Fultz (618) 409-4314 or Dean Webb at 618-259-8558.
Bloomington - Friday, April 28, 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 309-827-3934 for more details.
Champaign – Friday, 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 5:30 PM and will honor Russell L. Chism, IAFF Local 1147 (Urbana) member whose name is being 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 28, 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.
Click Here for an informational flyer.
Joliet – Friday, April 28, 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 –Friday, April 28, 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 – Thursday, April 27, 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 – Friday, April 28, Springfield and Central Illinois Trades and Labor Council Workers’ Memorial Day Service
at 5:30 PM at the Illinois State Library Atrium, 300 S. Second Street in Springfield. They will recognize fallen workers and
lay roses at the monument. Reception will follow. For more information contact Shannon Garrett at 217-789-6495.
Click here for an informational flyer.
Ottawa – Friday, June 16, PAC Golf Outing at Pine Hill Golf Course in Ottawa, IL. Registration will be at 8 AM with tee
off at 9 AM. A portion of the proceeds will be awarded in $2000 Workers’ Memorial Scholarships to eligible dependents of
members of Illinois Valley Federation of Labor affiliated locals who have been either killed or permanently injured on the
job. Contact email@example.com for more information.
May 1, 2017
Jesse White Spring Reception at ILLINOIS AFL-CIO
Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO Host Committee
Illinois AFL-CIO, 534 S. Second St., Springfield, IL
You are cordially invited to a reception honoring Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State, on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the
Illinois AFL-CIO. Cost is $200 per person. To participate, fill out the registration form and mail the check to:
Citizens for Jesse White, P. O. Box 64326, Chicago, IL 60664. Click here for the invitation.
May 3-7, 2017
Regina V. Polk Women's Labor Leadership Conference
Hosted by University of Illinois Labor Education Program
Pere Marquette Lodge, Grafton, IL
The Regina V. Polk Women's Labor Leadership Conference creates an open and invigorating space for women union activists
and community leaders to learn from skilled instructors and each other. The intenstive, four-day residential conference is
made possible through the generosity of the Regina V. Polk Fund for Labor Leadership. The conference was established in
1983 in memory of Regina V. Polk, who was killed in an accident on the job while working as a business agent for the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 743. She was a tireless advocate of inequities in the workplace and
committed to worker empowerment. By sponsoring this conference the fund furthers one of her favorite causes, educating
the next generation of labor leaders. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-413-0166.
CLICK HERE for registration and more information.
May 13, 2017
NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Hosted by National Association of Letter Carriers, Central Labor Councils, United Way
Various Location in IL
The 25th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be held May 13. In the first 24 years,
NALC collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to help those in need in local communities. Please check with your local
NALC branch or AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison to determine how you can help out. Volunteers and food donations
are needed on May 13. Let's pull together and feed the hungry!
June 5, 2017
Illinois AFL-CIO COPE Golf Outing
Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO
The Rail Golf Course, Springfield, IL
The Illinois AFL-CIO COPE Golf Outing will be held at The Rail golf course in Springfield. Get a team together and come out for a
great time! Cost is $250 per player. Sponsorships are Gold $3,000; Silver $2,000; Hole Sponsor $300 and for dinner only is
$50. To register click here. Call Terry at 217-492-2622 for more information.
September 4, 2017
Hosted by various central labor councils in Illinois
Many activities take place around Labor Day - a list will be provided in August 2017. Check back for details.
October 22-26, 2017
National AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention
Hosted by National AFL-CIO
St. Louis, MO
Details coming soon.