Local Community Support


The Illinois Valley Labor-Management Program supports the local communities of the Illinois Valley in many different ways.  The following list represents some of the events or charitable organizations the Labor-Management Program is or has been involved with in an effort to invest in the future of our community.  It is our hope that involvement in the community will deepen awareness of the Program, and might alert the people living in our area of the career opportunities and skilled craftworkers employed by our local union contractors in the Illinois Valley construction trades.


The Program keeps abreast of commercial and industrial newcomers through their memberships with the local Chamber of Commerce offices.  The Program Trustee's volunteer to work directly with a specific Chamber through correspondence, attendance at  their meetings and forums with public officials and some serve on their Board's.  Currently, the Labor-Management Program is a member with the La Salle, Mendota, Ottawa, Streator and Princeton Chambers.

The Illinois Valley Labor-Management Program devotes a portion of their budget to advertising.  Since inception, a variety of advertisement strategies have been used such as television commercials, local grade and high school gymnasium signs, ball diamond signs, construction site signs,  production of an economic contributions brochure, for some examples.  The picture to the left is a billboard you may have seen in the past while visiting the Illinois Valley and surrounding area.  

        Picture taken at the Illinois Valley
          Building Trades Expo at IVCC

       Picture of union tradesmen during
       a Labor-Management sponsored
         CPR/1st Aid class

Education is important to our Program and our future. Not only do they promote safety and education through their sponsored seminars but throughout the community.  The Labor-Management Program works closely with Starved Rock Vocational & Technical Education, LaSalle County Regional Office of Education, Illinois Valley Community College and individual high schools in order to inform students of the alternate career opportunities through a construction craft trade.

The Program also supports the annual AFL-CIO Scholarship Fund drive which provides $1,000.00 college scholarships annually for every eligible area student.  It is offered to students who have lost a parent or whose parent has been permanently disabled due to a construction workplace incident to offset the financial hardships of a college education.

   2005 United Way of the Illinois Valley
                  Labor of Love Project

The Illinois Valley Labor-Management Program gives back to their community by supporting charitable and children's organizations.  Some of these include:  La Salle and Ottawa United Way, Diabetes Research Institute, American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, La Salle County Easter Seals, Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Mary's and St. Margaret's hospitals, Ottawa and Marseilles Little Leagues and St. Columba Booster Club to name a few.


The above list represents only a portion of time, effort or financial support to the local community that the Labor-Management group includes in the implementation and administration of their Program.