Meeting Notices and Events

More and more working men and women are running for local office.  Some are millwrights, teachers and retired union members.   As we move on from the 2021 Election, we look forward to meeting newly elected officials to help foster a relationship with labor. We hope you would consider supporting our fundraising activities to help labor friendly candidates in the Southland.

Due to our Annual Jobs Breakfast held on Monday, May 17th, we will not have another meeting this month. Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Dave thank you IBEW

12th Annual Jobs Breakfast

Thank you to all our sponsors and participants for making our 12th Annual Jobs Breakfast a success! We could not have done this without you. We also want to thank our guest speakers for the legislative update as well as our labor hosts for updates on projects in the Chicago region. For additional photos; visit our Gallery.

A special thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: Heat & Frost Insulators Local 17, Chicago Laborers' District Council LiUNA, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 and Horwitz Horwitz & Associates.

Green Garden morning

13th Annual Golf Outing

Please join us for a day of golf along with solidarity, food and refreshments. Doors open at 8:00 am for Registration & Breakfast, with a 9:00 am Shotgun. We will once again be at Green Gardens Country Club in Frankfort. Safe social distancing guidelines will be implemented by the facility as we enjoy our time together raising funds.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and we look forward to your participation. Invitations will be mailed out in June. Join our mail list by emailing southlandfriendsoflabor@gmail.com.

No One Else Was Going To, So These Teamsters Saved Their Own Pensions

Teamsters rally to save pensions

Teamsters and members of other unions rallied at a July 2018 town hall meeting in Detroit, Michigan, to save their pensions. The $86 billion provision in the most recent economic stimulus bill will restore over 300 ailing multiemployer funds to health, and pay back retirees whose pensions had already been slashed.
Photo: Jim West, jimwestphoto.com

A special thank you to Congresswoman Robin Kelly - 2nd Congressional District for protecting multi-employer pensions. She backed every single piece of legislation to save pensions. We commend Southland Friends of Labor Executive Board member, Al Whitmon (seated - front row center - black shirt with glasses and no hat) for all his efforts the past 6 years. Al Whitmon, is the Founder of Illinois Committee To Protect Pensions. Al traveled across the country and to Washington DC several times to meet with retirees and elected officials. He is a retired Teamsters Local 710 and lives in Kankakee County.

Click HERE for the full story at Labor Notes published on March 17, 2021.