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      Due to COVID 19 restrictions and to help ensure community health, the 2020 Bloomington Labor Day Parade is cancelled.

      NORMAL July 6 — Union members protesting at Uptown Circle on Monday called for the town's tax incentive packages to include a requirement to hire local workers when possible.  Specifically, they were critical of the town's agreement with Rivian.

      America is suffering under the crushing weight of three crises, which are a public health pandemic, an economic free fall, and structural racism. They are knotted together in that untangling one depends on how we untangle the others. For instance, structural racism is deeply ingrained in the share of black workers unemployed and dying from the coronavirus.

      Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 362 mourns the loss of its brother union member, Larry Williams, who was killed while working as a flagger on Route 24 on Tuesday, June 9. “We are in a complete state of shock and send our condolences to Larry’s family and friends,” said business manager Eric Penn.

      (June 4, 2020) — Say their names: Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. Tony McDade. David McAtee. Manuel Ellis. Some days it’s hard to breathe. Here’s my truth: I’m a Black mother raising Black kids. My son, Javonte, joined the U.S. Marines at 17 because he wanted to make a difference, he wanted to serve his country.

      Since May 1980, I’ve had the honor of editing the Union News and sending it to your home monthly.  That is 480 publications, starting under the masthead McLean County Union News, followed by Livingston & McLean Counties Union News and most recently as the Grand Prairie Union News.

      Well paid and decent jobs are helping sustain Central Illinois’ economy, a new report concludes.  Illinois continued its trajectory as a growing national leader in new investment from the wind energy sector, according to a new U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

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