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A warning for Missouri: Repealing the prevailing wage on construction jobs hurts workers and the economy

The reality is that construction labor represents only a bit over 20 percent of the total cost of government building projects — and it’s declining. File photo AP A warning for Missouri: Repealing the prevailing wage on construction jobs hurts workers and the economy By Marc Poulos February 20, 2018 08:30 PM Updated February 20, […]

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Prevailing Wage Seminar Materials

An Introduction to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act OSHA Update Illinois Freedom of Information Act Responsible Bidding Ordinances  

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The Monitor-Fall/Winter 2017

The Monitor-Fall/Winter 2017

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Rush Hosting Community Town Hall Meeting

RUSH is hosting a Community Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 6:00-8:00p.m. at the University of St. Francis with several IL transportation agencies to discuss long term options to making Will County highways safer. The following topics will be covered: • Widening of 1-80 from Rt 30 in New Lenox to River […]

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III FFC Prevailing Wage Seminar was a great success!

On October 25, the III FFC hosted a prevailing wage seminar at the Double Tree Hotel in Downers Grove.  With close to two-hundred attendees, the III FFC was thrilled with the turnout, which included many public bodies, labor organizations, and contractors. Speakers included: Melissa Binetti, III FFC Counsel; Michael Duffee, Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP; […]

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Prevailing Wage Seminar Materials

PW-Labor: Melissa Binetti Presentation Prevailing Wage Act PW-Management: Michael Duffee Presentation Economics of Prevailing Wage: Frank Manzo IV Presentation IL RBO Presentation: Josh Weger FOIA Presentation: Leah Bartelt Prevailing Wage Quiz

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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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