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August 15-November 8, 2016
LABOR 2016 Political Plan

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO and various labor organizations


Join us in our LABOR 2016 political plan as we work for endorsed candidates.  We need volunteers for labor-to-labor walks,

phone banks, and blended walks for state legislators.  There are workplans for each part of the state.  Contact State Coordinator

Bill Looby at 217-544-4014 or your Zone Coordinator for more information:


Zone 1:  Cook County, Chicago Federation of Labor

Coordinator Bridget Early, 630-664-3948

30 Phone Banks:  Location to be determined


Zone 2: Lake/McHenry Counties, UAW Region 4 Lincolnshire

Coordinator Luis Rivas, 630-464-2397

8 Phone Banks:  Lincolnshire UAW


Zone 3: Kane/DuPage/Kendall/Will/Kankakee, IUPAT DC30 Aurora

Coordinator Mark Guethle, 630-768-1804

30 Phone Banks:  Westmont IFT, Warrenville IBEW, Aurora IUPAT, Joliet to be determined


Zone 4:  Northern IL, Peoria Labor Temple

Coordinator Jason Keller, 217-622-4014

30 Phone Banks:  Rockford UAW, Quad City Fed, Peoria Labor Temple


Zone 5:  Central IL, Illinois AFL-CIO Springfield

Coordinator Amy Rueff, 217-433-5126

18 Phone Banks:  Springfield State Fed, Springfield IFT, Champaign to be determined


Zone 6:  Metro East/Southern IL

Coordinator Will Attig, 618-521-2326

20 Phone Banks:  Fairview Heights IFT, West Frankfort IBEW



August 26, 2016
9th Annual Midway Shoot for a Cure

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO and various labor organizations

Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, 14N322 IL-Route25, Dundee, IL


You are invited to participate in the 9th Annual Midway Shoot for A Cure benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

On Friday, August 26 at 8:00 am sharp.  Shotgun start at 10:00 am.  Lunch and raffle to follow. 

For more information on sponsorships click here or to register please click here.


September 5, 2016
Labor Day

For a complete list of Illinois labor-sponsored events click here.



Sept. 4 – “Run With The Lion 5K” – This is a 3.1 mile fun run, celebrating health, family and Labor Day.  Sign up to run the 5K course alongside the union’s mascot – the PATCH lion – and enjoy a complimentary ticket to Blackberry Farm following the race.  All proceeds to benefit the PATCH Foundation, which provides financial support to local child-based community organizations in need.

Location: Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, IL.

Time: 8:30 AM

Cost: $35 for adults, $20 for children.  Register online at

Contact: 630-377-2120 or email



Sept. 1 – Southwestern Illinois CLC annual Labor Awards Dinner

Location: Panorama Banquet Center (downstairs), Bel-Air Bowl, 200 S. Belt West, Belleville, IL 62220

Time: Doors open 6:00 p.m. with Dinner at 7:00p.m.

Cost: $25 per person for dinner, Sponsor ad book $75 ½ 4 ½ X 3 ¾ page & $150 Full page 4 ½ X 7 1/2

Contact: Charles Kaemmerer, Jr. at 618-979-4953 or Terry Knoth at 618-233-8441.


Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade & Picnic

Location: Parade is in downtown Belleville, lineup starts in 4th block of South 1st St., and will end at Hough Park with the annual Picnic. Parade & Picnic open to union members and their families ONLY and includes food, beverages and rides and games for kids.

Time: Parade - 8:00 a.m. lineup, 10:00 a.m. start / Picnic – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Bill Thurston, 618-758-3513




Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade followed by a dinner in Miller Park for union members and their families.  Theme is ”Protect your paycheck - Vote!”

Location:  Downtown Bloomington – starting at Front and Madison Streets

Time:  Parade – 9 a.m. line up, 10 a.m. start / Lunch – 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Contact:  Mike Matejka 309-827-3934.  Parade registration form is at



Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade followed by a picnic in the park.

Location:  Downtown Urbana – starting at Lincoln Square Mall and ends at Prairie Park with picnic

Time:  Parade begins at 10 a.m., picnic immediately following at Prairie Park in Urbana.  Lunch and drinks will be provided.  Entertainment includes games for children, live band, and guest speakers.

Contact:  Matt Kelly at 217-621-5201 or Frank Rubenacker at 217-493-4239



Aug. 20 – Mid-Eastern Illinois CLC Labor Picnic, with food, drinks and live music.  This is the 40th year!

Location:  Fox Ridge State Park, brick pavilion, (8 miles south of Charleston on Rt. 130).

Time:  Noon until 4 PM

Contact:  Charles Delman, 217-348-7786 or Dan Kimball, 217-234-4609



Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade

Location:  Parade goes down Main Street; Picnic at Lake Storey Park immediately following parade.

Time:  10:00 AM – lineup begins at 8 AM

Contact:  Randy Bryan - E-mail the parade committee at



Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade

Location:  Downtown Decatur, line up on South Franklin Street at Wood Street

Time:  8 a.m. lineup, 10 a.m. start

Contact:  Jennifer Huckstep or Bill Francisco, 217-428-3013


Sept. 7 – Picnic In The Park

Location:  Fairview Park in Decatur, IL

Time:  Immediately following parade until - 2 p.m.

Comment:  This is the 4th annual combined picnic of all labor unions in Macon County, expecting about 1,800 participants.  Free to union sponsors, $20 for general public.

Contact:  Carl Draper, 217-791-1279



Aug. 24 – Labor Day dinner hosted by Northeastern Illinois Federation of Labor.

Location:  Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504 in Gurnee, IL

Comment:  Dinner will follow a brief meeting at 7 PM.  Special Guest Brad Schneider

Contact:  Patrick Statter, 847-294-5064




Aug. 24th & 27th– James Stanley Charity Softball game

Contact:  B. Dean Webb, 618-259-8558


Aug. 27th– Labor Celebration Parade and Picnic- kids games

Location:  Parade lineup begins at 8:00 a.m. in the “pit” of the Alton Middle School, Collage Ave.

Time:  Parade starts at 10 a.m. / Picnic –following parade at Gordon Moore Park, Alton, IL on hwy 140.

Contact:  B. Dean Webb, 618-259-8558


Granite City

Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade and Picnic – Live music and petting zoo

Location:  Parade lineup begins at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Granite City on State Street between Niedringhaus & 18th Streets and will go to Wilson Park for picnic

Time:  Parade starts at 10:00 a.m.

Contact:  B. Dean Webb, 618-259-8558 or Mike Fultz 618-931-7212, cell 618-409-4314



Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade with a theme 

Location: Parade - Downtown Peoria – Free Bus Rides Provided by ATU Local #416 and Citylink from the Riverfront to downtown Peoria for the parade.  Labor Day Party – on the Riverfront at parade’s end. There will be food music and fun for all!

Time:  Parade starts at 10 a.m.

Contact:  Michael Everett, 309-645-4901



Sept. 5 – 33rd Annual Labor Day Parade Quad Cities Celebration

2016 Grand Marshal - UAW President Dennis Williams 

Location:  East Moline

Time:  Lineup at 9 a.m. at John Deere Harvester Works parking lot at 1100 13th Avenue in East Moline.

Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. and proceeds along 15th Avenue.

Contact:  Josh Schipp, 309-738-6536  



September 3 – Pageant in the categories of Princess, Young Miss, Miss and Mrs.  Winners will be crowned immediately following the Labor Day Parade on the main stage.


Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade with the theme of “Strong Unions Build Strong Communities.”

Time:  10:00 a.m., lineup at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Rockford

Special Note:  A float contest for the unions will be held at 7:30 a.m. and winners will be announced and ribbons placed on the floats prior to the start of the parade. 

Contact:  Bill Corey, 815-968-1411,


Sept. 5 – We Are One Picnic – This is an all-union picnic immediately following the parade at Davis Park in downtown Rockford.  The picnic will go until 2:00 p.m.  Meal tickets are $6 in advance (or $9 at the gate) and beer tickets are $2.50 in advance (or $5 at the gate).  This is a family-friendly event with free games and activities for kids!  To reserve tickets in advance, contact Trisha Welte at 815-986-4822 or  Senator Steve Stadelman’s HoopStars 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place during the We Are One Picnic.  This FREE tournament is open to boys and girls, grades 3-8.  To register your team, visit:



Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade immediately followed with a picnic – BBQ, hotdogs, chips, soda.  Bounce houses, entertainment, and beer sales available.

Location:  Downtown Springfield – Jefferson Street to 5th, 5th to Capitol, Capitol to 6th, 6th to Washington

Time:  9 a.m. line-up, 10 a.m. start

Contact:  Jim Dixon, 217-691-4906


Aug. 26 through Sept. 5 – DuQuoin Illinois State Fair 
Labor Pavilion will be open each day of the fair and is sponsored by The Egyptian Building Trades
Twilight Parade will be held at 6 PM on August 26th for union members wishing to walk with the Union float(s) – Please arrive early

Labor Day Picnic Celebration will be held on September 5th, starting at 11 AM on the North side of the Fairgrounds. (Free barbeque and music for union members and their families.)
Location of all events will be at the DuQuoin State Fair Grounds, just off Route 51 in DuQuoin, IL
Contact for more information:  Jason Woolard, 618-932-2102. 



Sunday, September 4 – Labor Day Parade

Location:  Line up at Sante Fe Depot on Illinois Street at 10:30 AM

Time:  Parade starts at noon

Contact:  Streator Area Chamber of Commerce,, 815-672-2921


September 24, 2016
Advocating Before the NLRB: Procedure and Substance of the NLRB

Hosted by University of Illinois Labor Education Program (Certificate Program)

815 W. Van Buren, Ste. 110, Chicago, IL


Advocating Before the NLRB: Procedure and Substance of the NLRASaturday, September 24, 2016        9AM-5PM

This course will provide union and nonunion workers with the tools they need to assert and protect their rights under the National

Labor Relations Act. The course will be taught by NLRB Region 13 Field Attorney, Lisa Friedheim-Weis who has worked at the Board

for sixteen years and earned her undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and law degree at

the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students will not only be educated about how the NLRA can protect worker rights but

how they can determine what criteria is necessary for bringing cases to the board.  Cost is $150.  Please contact Maria Dokes for registration inquiries.


September 28-30, 2016
Illinois AFL-CIO 42nd Constitutional Convention

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO

Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL


Join us for the 42nd Illinois AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention to be held September 28-30.  During the convention, an election of

Officers, Executive Board and Credentials Committee of the IL AFL-CIO will be conducted.  Delegates are encouraged to introduce

resolutions and must forward a Word document of each resolution to Timothy E. Drea at Convention by

August 26, 2016.  The Constitutional Convention offers the Illinois labor movement the opportunity to discuss goals and set in motion

the legislative and political agenda for th next two years.  During the convention, we will also discuss plans for the Labor 2016

statewide political program.  In addition, we will meet with labor-endorsed elected officials and endorsed congressional and

state legislative condidates.  Delegates will serve on Convention committees and attend workshops as well.  For more information

contact Terri Payne at 217-492-2622.


September 29, 2016
Labor & Politics Reception - 30th Annual

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO and the Chicago Federation of Labor

Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL


Thursday, September 29 - 5-7PM - Join us at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare for our 30th annual Labor & Politics Reception. 

Cost is $5,000 for 35 tickets, $3,500 for 25 tickets, $2,500 for 20 tickets, or individual tickets for $150.  Details coming soon.


October 8, 2016
Steward Training

Hosted by University of Illinois Labor Education Program (Certificate Program)

815 W. Van Buren, Ste. 110, Chicago, IL

Steward Training – Saturday, October 8, 2016    9AM – 5PM

The class will discuss how to investigate, screen, write, and negotiate a grievance; the seven principles of just cause; the law

including the legal right of union stewards, unfair labor practices, and the duty of fair representation; and past practice grievances.

The class will discuss several common grievance areas, and we will practice resolving grievances.  Cost is $150.  Please contact

Maria Dokes for registration inquiries.

November 5, 2016
Lessons from the Past:  A Look at U. S. Labor History

Hosted by University of Illinois Labor Education Program (Certificate Program)

815 W. Van Buren, Ste. 110, Chicago, IL

Lessons from the Past:  A Look at U.S. Labor History – Saturday, November 5, 2016   9AM – 5PM

What does the history of the U.S. look like when viewed from the point of view of those who built the country?  The class reviews

working class and labor history since the Civil War, but focuses (with films) on some key labor struggles such as the 1894 Pullman

Strike; organizing in the mine and textile industries; the rise of the CIO and the autoworker sit-down strikes; the impact of McCarthyism

on the labor movement; and the expansion of public sector unionization (1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike and the 1970 Postal Workers

Strike).  Cost is $150.  Please contact Maria Dokes for registration inquiries.


December 10, 2016
Internal Organizing

Hosted by University of Illinois Labor Education Program (Certificate Program)

815 W. Van Buren, Ste. 110, Chicago, IL


Internal Organizing – Saturday, December 10, 2016   9AM – 5PM

The class will discuss ways to educate, organize, and mobilize the members. We will review examples of how some locals have

succeeded in transforming their unions. Topics include collective action around grievances; confronting and overcoming divisions

such as over race, gender, or immigration status; responding to apathetic or anti-union members; organizing member-to-member

action networks and contract campaigns; and building strategic campaigns and labor- community alliances.  Cost is $150.  Please

contact Maria Dokes for registration inquiries.


January 14, 2017
Collective Bargaining

Hosted by University of Illinois Labor Education Program (Certificate Program)

815 W. Van Buren, Ste. 110, Chicago, IL


Collective Bargaining – Saturday, January 14, 2017    9AM – 5PM

This class introduces the student to the process and content of collective bargaining. It addresses among other items the legal

obligations to bargain, mandatory and permissible subjects of bargaining, types of bargaining relationships, styles of bargaining

and takes the student thorough multiple stages of labor negotiations.  The class also examines the critical information necessary to

bargain successfully. Students learn to analyze a contract, cost out a contract, develop a bargaining proposal, practice good table

behavior, negotiating skills, how to use the caucus, keep records, and write appropriate contract language.  Cost is $150.  Please

contact Maria Dokes for registration inquiries.


February 18, 2017
Labor and Employment Law

Hosted by University of Illinois Labor Education Program (Certificate Program)

815 W. Van Buren, Ste. 110, Chicago, IL

Labor and Employment Law – Saturday, February 18, 2017    9AM – 5PM

The class covers the basics of labor and employment laws that every union activist should know. The class reviews the laws, the

agencies that administer the laws, and the effectiveness of the laws and their enforcement. The course covers both the National

Labor Relations Act on union organizing, strikes, lockouts, and the rights of unionists to take on-the- job actions to defend their

contract; and employment laws that impact all workers such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act,

and non-discrimination laws.  Cost is $150.  Please contact Maria Dokes for registration inquiries.


March 18, 2017
Joining the Debate Over the Economy

Hosted by University of Illinois Labor Education Program (Certificate Program)

815 W. Van Buren, Ste. 110, Chicago, IL


Joining the Debate Over the Economy   – Saturday, March 18, 2017     9AM – 5PM

As the Great Recession continues, the country is embroiled in debates over economic issues. This class gives you the information

you need to effectively enter these debates. Some topics to be discussed include: What is the response to the argument that raising

the minimum wage will hurt workers by increasing inflation? What is the answer to the argument that free trade raises all workers’

standard of living and lowers prices?  What arguments do unionists use to rebut the argument that so-called “right to work” laws are

needed to improve the business climate? Are corporate taxes too high, and would lowering them create more jobs? Do prevailing

wage laws hurt or help workers? Should private sector workers welcome legislation to cut or eliminate public sector workers’

pensions? What are union proposals to improve the economy for all working people?  Cost is $150.  Please contact Maria Dokes for registration inquiries.




























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