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      The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly (AFL-CIO), the central labor council for all McLean County unions, and the Livingston & McLean Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, which consists of construction unions, jointly interviewed local candidates and voted on the following endorsements for McLean County races: Sheriff- Jon Sandage (R)
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      A tight race is developing in the 13th Illinois Congressional District, with unions splitting their endorsement between incumbent Republican Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. The 13th District includes Bloomington-Normal’s center, extending south to Edwardsville and including parts of Champaign-Urbana, Decatur and Springfield.
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      The annual Bloomington Labor Day marches on Monday, September 3, 10 a.m., from downtown Bloomington to Miller Park.  This year's parade theme is: "Your Voice - Your Vote." The annual parade, Bloomington's largest, features union marching groups, construction equipment, high school bands, community organizations and elected officials and aspirants for office.
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      Download: 2018 LaborDayParadeRegistrationForm 15 & 50.pdf

      Washington, DC, June 5, 2018—A new report finds that many large corporations operating in the United States have boosted their profits by forcing employees to work off the clock, cheating them out of required overtime pay and engaging in similar practices that together are known as wage theft.
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      Individual labor unions, like any organized constituency, sometimes have interests that conflict with the greater public’s. Police unions have an interest in protecting their officers from legal liability; the public, in ensuring that those who are supposed to “serve and protect” us have ample incentive not to shoot us dead.
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      The first comprehensive study of the massive pay gap between the US executive suite and average workers has found that the average CEO-to-worker pay ratio has now reached 339 to 1, with the highest gap approaching 5,000 to 1. The study, titled Rewarding Or Hoarding.
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      SPRINGFIELD,ILL.—Work was rapidly vanishing. Mary Wilson’s construction projects on farms, nearly a third of her business, had disappeared, and she was not able to hire as many workers. But it was 2009, and she chalked it up to the recession. When the work had not returned by 2016, Wilson, president of Michel Concrete in Springfield, began searching for an answer.
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