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January 1, 2019 - Ongoing
Illinois AFL-CIO Brick Paver Sales for Plaza Renovation

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO

Illinois AFL-CIO, 534 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL


Due to the outstanding efforts of Dr. Carl Soderstrom over many years combined with the IL AFL-CIO’s front plaza being in need of repairs, the IL AFL-CIO will enter into a contract with Otto Baum construction to renovate the front of the IL AFL-CIO Building in Springfield.  The renovation will include a statue and memorial to Reuben Soderstrom who served as President of the Illinois AFL-CIO for forty years.  The statue and other work is being donated by Dr. Carl Soderstrom and a labor memorial area signifying important dates in Illinois Labor History will be part of the renovation.   We are hopeful the plaza renovation will be completed in in the Spring of 2019.  As part of the renovation, the Illinois AFL-CIO is offering engraved pavers as part of the plaza renovation.   These pavers will honor IL AFL-CIO affiliates and Union partners and will be a permanent reminder of your organization’s support of the Illinois Labor movement. Because this will be a Labor memorial plaza, pavers may also be dedicated to past and departed leaders of your organization who fought for many of the strong  labor laws we have in Illinois today


Cost of a 4X8 paver will be $400, an 8x8 paver will be $800 and a 27x27 column cap will be $5,000.  Placement of the pavers/column caps will be on a first come-first served basis.   Click here to download an order form.


Pavers/column caps can be reserved by completing the flier and mailing it with your payment to the Illinois AFL-CIO, 534 South Second, Suite 200, Springfield, IL  62701.   You may also return the form by email to and an invoice for the amount will be sent to you.  If you have any questions, please call 217/544-4014. 




April 28, 2019
Worker Memorial Day

Hosted by Central Labor Councils in Illinois

A list of events will be posted here as we get them:


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.


Click here for a complete list of all Illinois Worker Memorial Day events.


ALTON - Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 PM at the Worker Memorial site in Gordon Moore Park, Highway 140, Alton, IL.  For more infromation contact B.  Dean Webb at 618-259-8558.  Click here for an invitation.


BLOOMINGTON - Saturday, April 27, Bloomington-Normal Trades and Labor Assembly Workers’ Memorial Day Service at 8:30 AM at the east side of the Old Courthouse/Museum of History, 200 N. Main Street, downtown Bloomington.  The names of 200 local workers who have lost their lives on the job will be read.  Participants are invited to stay and enjoy the “Labor & Work Street Fair” in downtown Bloomington from 10 AM to 1 PM.  Call 309-208-1120 for more details. 


CHAMPAIGN – Sunday, 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 1:00 PM and will feature a keynote address and a memorial wreath presentation.  Various union, community and political leaders will be in attendance. 


DECATUR - Friday, April 26 at 5:30 PM at the Worker Memorial monument on the northwest corner of the Macon County courthouse lawn, 253 W. Wood Street in Decatur, IL. Join as we remember those who have lost their lives on the job. Contact Lloyd Holman at 217-620-4923 for more information.  Click here for an invitation


JOLIET – Friday, April 26, 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 Mark Leasure at 815-830-3414.


PEORIA – Sunday, April 28, Labor Council of West Central Illinois Workers’ Memorial Service.  Gather at 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 Ron Cox at 309-696-4090 or Amy Flynn at 309-674-5181.


QUAD CITY - Friday, April 26, USW Local 105, IBEW 1379 and Arconic Davenport Works leadership invite Quad City area working families to join them in a national observance of Workers Memorial Day.  Gather at the USW Local 105 Hall, 880 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf, Iowa, to commemorate Workers Memorial Day.  Lunch will be served after the service.  Call 563-355-1181 for more information. 


ROCKFORD – Friday, April 26, 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– Sunday, April 28, the Springfield & Central Illinois Trades & Labor Council Workers Memorial Day event will be held at 2:00 pm at the Hall of Flags in the Howlett Building, 501 S Second Street, Springfield, Il.  



April 29, 2019
Jesse White Spring Fundraiser

Hosted by labor unions

At the Illinois AFL-CIO, 534 S. Second St., Springfield, IL


Join your union brothers and sisters for a fundraising reception to benefit Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. The event will be held from 3-5 PM at the Illinois AFL-CIO.  Click here for an invitation.



May 1-2, 2019
AFL-CIO Midwest District Meeting

Hosted by National AFL-CIO

At St. Louis, Missouri


Join labor activists from across your region to strategize about the best ways to grow our power through organizing, member engagement, politics and community outreach.  Coming together with the theme "Growing Our Movement - Empowering Our Communities" a full interactive agenda is prepared.  Registration is open online at 



May 11, 2019
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Hosted by National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO, United Way

At your local post office


Join the National Association of Letter Carriers for their annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive on Saturday, May 11. Working in partnership with labor unions, AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils and the United Way network, NALC has collected over 71.6 million pounds of food.  All people need to do is place a bag of unopened, non-perishable food next to their mailbox before the letter carrier delivers their mail on Saturday, May 11th and the carrier will do the rest.  Once collected the food is taken back to assembly areas to be sorted and delivered to local food banks and pantries.  Volunteers are needed for this event in every community - contact your Central Labor Council to volunteer today.



June 11, 2019
Illinois AFL-CIO Annual Golf Outing

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO

At The Rail Golf Course, Springfield, IL


Details coming soon!



September 2, 2019
Labor Day

Hosted by various Central Labor Councils in Illinois

A list of events will be posted here as we get them:


















































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