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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 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 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
Labor Day

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.


































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