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III FFC Attends NAFC Conference in Nashville, Tennessee

  In September, the III FFC attended the 19th annual National Alliance for Fair Contracting (“NAFC”) conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Each year, the NAFC conference is attended by hundreds of participants from across the nation, including representatives from labor organizations, contractors, fair contracting organizations, as well as researchers, academics, attorneys and officials from federal, state […]

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FREE Prevailing Wage Seminar: October 25th

Sponsored by the III FFC, IL PW Council, CISCO, MARBA, UCA, NAFC, the Northwestern Illinois Building Trades Union, and the Chicago Regional Carpenters Council   Learn about the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, how to ensure compliance with the Act, and the changing landscape of prevailing wage coverage. Speakers will include III FFC Executive Director Marc Poulos […]

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Memo to Washington: Infrastructure Costs Money

  If Congress wants to upgrade America’s creaking roads, rails and bridges, members need to admit a simple truth: They can’t do it for free. By Rahm Emanuel The recent crisis at the Oroville Dam in California brought the challenge of America’s aging infrastructure front and center to living rooms across the country. Today there […]

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Closing the water infrastructure investment gap creates jobs and strengthens the economy

According to an economic impact analysis commissioned by the Value of Water Campaign (VOW), closing the water infrastructure gap in the U.S. would create 1.3 million jobs and spur total economic activity to $220 billion annually. The report, “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure” will be shared for the first time today, World […]

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Why 5 Million Apprenticeships Will Make America Great Again

The White House roundtable last week has shone a spotlight on the countries job, skills and training needs for the 21st century workplace. With German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leading American and German industrial CEOs seated at the Cabinet table, President Donald Trump praised Germany’s long-term approach in using on apprenticeships programs to develop its workforce’ […]

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President Trump compiles infrastructure priority list

President Trump has compiled a list of 50 top infrastructure projects nationwide, totaling at least $137.5 billion in infrastructure investments. Projects in Illinois include Chicago Union Station redevelopment, Red and Purple Line modernization, and Illinois River Locks rehabilitation. Click the link below to view the list. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3409546-Emergency-NatSec50Projects-121416-1-Reduced.html

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The Third House: State Lobbying Essentials 2017

The Third House: State Lobbying Essentials 2017 The Third House: State Lobbying Essentials is a day-long seminar on how to lobby the Illinois General Assembly effectively. Participants will receive vital information on practical lobbying skills and resources, advanced strategies and tactics, state budget insights and considerations, and winning grassroots efforts from various experienced and successful […]

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The Monitor-Fall/Winter 2016

Key Articles –America’s Infrastructure First Policy–Illinois Safe Roads Amendment Passes in Landslide–Construction and the Benefit of Registered Apprenticeship Programs

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Aurora bridge improves safety at once-deadly railroad crossing

  A new bridge carries Route 34 over the Canadian National railroad in Aurora, where two teens were killed when a train struck their car in 1999. Now, two lanes of traffic in each direction as well as bicyclists and people on foot can continue on their way while an average of 42 trains a […]

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How prevailing-wage laws help veterans

In about six weeks, President-elect Donald Trump and the two houses of Congress will own responsibility for delivering on some big promises. Two featured repeatedly in his campaign were fixing our infrastructure and “taking care of vets” who are being treated “horribly.” These two issues are not as disconnected as you might think. Veterans work […]

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Illinois Safe Roads Amendment Passes in Landslide

In a landslide result, nearly 80 percent of voters approved the Illinois Safe Roads Amendment on Election Day. This will amend Illinois’ Constitution to ensure that transportation revenue, including motor fuel tax and vehicle registration, cannot be spent for purposes other transportation. This effort was spearheaded by Local 150 and partners in labor, business, agriculture […]

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Safe Roads Amendment

Read more about Citizens to Protect Transportation Funding   What is the Safe Roads Constitutional Amendment? The Safe Roads Constitutional Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution to protect transportation funding. At the General Election on November 8, 2016, Illinois voters will be asked even before voting for President of the United States […]

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The Monitor-Spring/ Summer 2016

Key Articles –Road Fund Lock Box –Prevailing Wage repeals hurt Veterans most –Will County, Illinois acts responsibly to population growth

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III FFC at Pipefitters Local 597

  On August 9-10th, the III FFC participated in a two day training at Pipefitters Local 597 on fair contracting and responsible bidding. The workshop focused on establishing a sound foundation for labor activists to help keep signatory contractors competitive and protect Union jobs. Thank you to everyone who participated and stay tuned for upcoming events.

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Stand strong against ‘right to work’ laws

  Teachers, firefighters, nurses and other public servants dedicate their careers to helping others. They deserve the unfaltering support of a grateful nation. Yet some extremists want to undermine these hard-working public servants’ ability to negotiate a fair wage and essential benefits by touting so-called “right to work” laws. Don’t be misled by these extremists’ […]

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Illinois roadwork projects at risk in budget standoff

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ transportation secretary says the state faces the unprecedented prospect of missing a road construction season if lawmakers fail to approve a stopgap spending plan that Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed. “We’re on the brink of what was once unthinkable: the suspension of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s construction program,” IDOT chief Randy […]

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Fix Illinois Roads and Bridges

Over 4,200 Illinois bridges and half of Illinois roads were found to be in poor condition. That puts us in danger of bridge collapses like we saw in Minnesota and Indiana. Bad roads mean more traffic and cost drivers up to $400 a year in vehicle damage. Tell your state legislator to fund Illinois roads […]

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Prevailing Wage for Veterans & Their Families

Check out this VoteVets Action Fund video. Prevailing Wage is for Veterans and their Families. https://www.dropbox.com/s/t4sfcvee21jlun1/VoteVets%20Action%20Fund%20-%20Job%20YouTube.mp4?dl=0

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Meet the government guys standing up for franchise workers and contractors

How labor agencies are targeting worker bargaining power in an increasingly outsourced world. By Lydia DePillis March 9 National Labor Relations Board general counsel Richard Griffin has started to restore worker bargaining power in a “fissured” workplace. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post) Richard Griffin swears he had no agenda when he came to serve as […]

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Unions Sue Little Lincolnshire Over Right To Work Ordinance

Four labor unions are suing suburban Lincolnshire to overturn a December ordinance meant to bar private employers from requiring workers to join unions or pay their dues.  A suit in Chicago federal court centers on whether a local government even has the power to do that. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a formal opinion […]

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Illinois Spends Less on Higher Education and Transportation than Almost Every Other State

By Frank Manzo IV Two weeks ago, I wrote about how more infrastructure investment would kickstart the Illinois economy. Transportation infrastructure investment is one government spending item that conclusively boosts employment and reduces costs over the long run. Investment in human capital– in education and skills– is another. Unfortunately, data from the Social Science Research […]

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