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April 27, 28 & 30, 2018
Worker Memorial Day

Hosted by various Central Labor Councils throughout Illinois

Alton, Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield, 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.



April 28, 2018
May Day Celebration - Mt. Olive

Hosted by various Friends of the Mother Jones Museum and the City of Mt. Olive

Union Miners Cemetery & Mother Jones Museum - Mt. Olive, IL:  11 am - 2 pm


Celebrated labor leader and United Mine Workers of America's international President Cecil Roberts, will lay wreaths at the Union Miners Cemetery and speak at the Mother Jones Museum on Saturday, April 28.  At 11:00 AM at the Union Miners cemetery he will lay wreaths at the grave sites of Mother Jones, UMWA hero John Banovic and WWI soldier Sam Yurkovich.  At 11:30 AM we will go to the Mother Jones Museum in downtown Mt. Olive for a tour.  At Noon - join us for a miner's lunch, labor music and speakers including Mayor John Skertich, UMWA President Cecil Roberts, Illinois Senator Andy Manar, IL AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Tim Drea, IATSE Business Rep Gordon Hayman, Madison County Clerk of the Circuit Clerk Mark von Nida, Mother Jones and General Bradley.  Music provided by Wildflower Conspiracy. Click here for a copy of the invitation.  Event is free and open to the public.



April 30, 2018
Jesse White Spring Reception

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO Host Committee

Illinois AFL-CIO, 534 S. Second St., Springfield, IL:  5:00 - 7:00 pm


On April 30, the Illinois AFL-CIO Host Committee proudly sponsors a Spring Reception for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.  Sponsorships are available for $5000, $2500 and $1000.  Individual tickets are $200.  Checks can be made possible to "Citizens for Jesse White".  Click here for an invitation and Click here for a reply card.



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 



May 17, 2018
Union Sportsmen Alliance Conservation Dinner

Hosted by Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council, Illinois AFL-CIO and Chicago Federation of Labor

Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, IL:  6:00 - 9:00 PM


Join us for the 6th Annual USA Conservation Dinner.  Get together with friends and co-workers in solidarity as we celebrate the outdoors.  We combine funds raised at the event with the unique trade skills of union volunteers to complete projects in local communities that conserve wildlife habitat, improve access to the outdoors, restore America's parks and provide youth mentorship to help preserve North America's outdoor heritage, while showcasing the good works of America's labor unions.  Sponsor a table and win an American-made table prize - a Hentry Golden Boy .22 or a 40-qt. ORCA cooler - your choice!  Sponsorships available.  cost is $150 per person.  Raffles, prizes, live auction and much more.  Join us!  Click here for an invitation.



June 12, 2018
11th Annual Golf Outing

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO

The Rail Golf Course, Springfield, IL


Tuesday, June 12 - join us at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield for our 11th Annual Golf Outing.  1 PM Shotgun Start and 6 PM Dinner.  Cost is $250 per player.  Sponsorships are available at $3000, $2000 or a $300 hole sponsor.  Get your team today!  Click here for an invitation.


June 12, 2018
NALC Food Drive

Hosted by various Central Labor Councils throughout Illinois


On June 12 help the National Association of Letter Carrier's as they host their annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Residents are asked to leave non-perishable food items at their mailbox on this day and the lettercarriers pick up, sort and deliver the food to local food pantries.  Central Labor Councils volunteer to help and manage the food drive.  Call your local United Way or Central Labor Council to get details on how you can help out by volunteering.  And make sure you leave food at your mailbox on June 12!



June 13, 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

Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare, Rosemont, IL


Details coming soon.



November 6, 2018
Election Day


Make sure you are a part of the Illinois General Election.  Vote, Volunteer, Make a difference!










































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