Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union 73 was chartered in 1892 and is one of the largest locals in the International with over 4,800 members. Local 73 covers all of Cook and Lake Counties.
Final Week of Session – Fighting Back and Defending Working Families!
Governor Rauner has asked Rep. Jim Durkin and Senator Christine Radogno to introduce parts of his financial ruin for working families' agenda. One legislative measure will be heard this week in Senate Executive Committee:
SB 1046, SA #1 (Radogno) – Collective Bargaining and Prevailing Wage
SB 1046, SA #1 will be heard in Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday, May 27th.
Please call these members of the committee and urge them to vote NO on Senate Amendment 1 to SB 1046.
In advance of the “Right To Work” vote in the House on Thursday, we are making calls to Reps to urge them to vote no on “Right To Work”. Here is the hotline number and a sample script that you can follow when you call your Representatives. Please call, and let your voice be heard…this is an important issue for ALL of Illinois!
Defeat Right to Work Hotline Number
Hotline script – Right To Work
Hello, my name is ______________ and I Iive in your district. I am calling today to urge you to vote against Gov. Rauner’s right to work zones. Right to work drives down wages and benefits for all workers. Rauner’s proposal will make it harder for people like me to make ends meet. Please vote NO on Rauner’s right to work zones proposal Thursday. Thank you.
There were 215 votes cast. The final tally is 93 for Option #1, 32 for Option #2, and 90 for Option #3.
Please be advised of the $1.40 increase, which was negotiated into your current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The increase is broken down as follows:
New wage sheets will be mailed out to members and contractors.
PERSONALIZED PAVER BRICKS FOR SALE
Sheet Metal Workers Local #73 Veteran's Committee is still selling paver bricks for a walk to go around our Flag Pole.
We already have some bricks installed, and are planning on installing more bricks now that the weather is getting warmer.
Bricks are $50 each, and can accomodate up to 3 lines, with up to 13 characters per line.
You do not need to be a Veteran in order to purchase a brick. Click here for an order form..
A study was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Michigan State University to examine the economic and social impact of the statewide prevailing wage law for public contruction projects in Illinois.
There were five key findings:
The study found that prevailing wages for public construction projects in Illinois provide numerous positive economic and social impacts for both construction workers and the state. It also predicts that a repeal of Illinois' prevailing wage law would NOT result in savings for taxpayers or the state, or lead to increased employment of African-American construction workers. It found that the repeal of Illinois' prevailing wage law WOULD result in job losses throughout the state's economy, increased construction worker fatalities, and declines in valuable social impacts, such as construction worker benefits and training opportunities.
To read the full study, please click here.
A study was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. The study provides a national assessment and Illinois forecast on the effect of right-to-work laws on important labor market outcomes, including earnings, employment, unionization and inequality. Right-to-work laws were nationally evaluated in those targeted areas, and then a separate analysis was applied to Illinois.
There were six key findings:
To read the full study, please click here.
On April 19th, members of the Illinois House of Representatives voted on House Bill 924, regarding Responsible Bidding. The bill PASSED and is now making it's way through the Illinois Senate. The bill has passed through the Senate Labor Committee, and it is on it's way to the full Senate. The Senate Hearings that were scheduled for May 16 were postponed. A new date has not been set.
This act will require that a public body awarding a contract for public work shall call for bids and require each bidder to be a responsible bidder. A Responsible Bidder is someone who meets all of the following:
(1) Complies with all the laws required to do business in Illinois
(2) Provide evidence of a Federal Employer Tax Identification Number or Social Security Number (for individuals)
(3) Provide evidence of compliance with Equal Opportunity Employer provisions.
(3) Provide evidence of all specified insurance coverages, including: general liability, workers’ compensation, completed operations, automobile, hazardous occupation and product liability.
(4) Compliance with all provisions of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, including wages, medical and hospitalization insurance and retirement for those trades covered in the act.
**(5) The bidder and all bidder’s sub-contractors must participate in active apprenticeship and training programs approved and registered with the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training for each of the trades of work contemplated under the awarded contract.**
(6) Comply with any other additional requirements a community may find beneficial
We urge you to contact your Senators, and ask them to pass HB 924. To find your district, visit http://gis.elections.il.gov/map_viewer_update/default.aspx
To find contact information for your Senators, visit http://www.ilga.gov/senate/
You can also cast an electronic witness slip online at http://my.ilga.gov/Hearing/HearingDetail/10957?SCommittees-page=1&SCommittees-orderBy=&SCommittees-filter=
To read the full text of HB 924, visit http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09800HB0924ham001&GA=98&SessionId=85&DocTypeId=HB&LegID=71226&DocNum=924&GAID=12&Session
For more information on Responsible Bidding, visit http://www.responsiblebidding.com/index.html
For more information about Organizing, please click here to contact Eric Olson.
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Please keep an eye out for YELLOW LABELS on all Spiral, Pipe and Fittings. If you see that they have no label or are using a Blue Label, please contact the Union Office immediately at 708-449-0073. It is essential that yellow labels are used on all these products. This is crucial in protecting the position of our Union!
|Rocco Terranova||President and Business Manager|
|Raymond Suggs||Financial Secretary-Treasurer|
|Michael Vittorio||Recording Secretary|
|Dave Cox||Jeff Hillery||Rene Rodriguez||Mike Webster|
|Dennis Berg||Dan Lowery||Steve Pittman||Dave Sylvester|
|Cliff Brooks||Tom Patzin|
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