Class of 2017 Apprentice Graduates: Front Row Left to Right: Tracy Coats, Angela Friend, Amber Williams, Kevin Bonnett; Back Row Left to Right: Andrew Seals and Tanner Stout
Tracy Coats Degree
A Laborers’ apprenticeship is not only a decent career path, it’s also a higher education path. Tracy Coats, who completed her Laborers apprenticeship in November 2017, also completed an Associates degree at Heartland Community College in December. The community college recognized her Laborers training hours as equivalent to college credit. Coats had to take extra classes in math, English and science to gain her Associate’s degree. She completed those classes at Illinois Central College. “I wanted an Associate’s Degree,” she said. “I had the hour, I had to take a few extra classes. I’m hoping this will push me toward other opportunities, along with the combined experience in my field.” Coats said she enjoys outdoor work; “Laborers work is different all the time; I’m not an inside person,” she noted. She worked on pipelines and a variety of other projects. Laborers Local 231 business manager Bob Schroeder commended Coats. “Going through a successful apprenticeship takes self-initiative and a willingness to tackle different kinds of work. Tracy Coats went above and beyond that, using her Laborer apprenticeship hours to complete this degree. That shows initiative and a worker willing to go the extra mile. This makes Laborers 231 proud. She is an asset for any contractor who engages her.”
See the attached "LiUNA Communications" provided by LiUNA Headquarters 8-6-2018.
Laborers International Union of North America
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MESSAGE FROM YOUR UNION
We are United. We are
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is stronger than ever but we must continue to stand together, stay
together, fight together, and win together.
upcoming November elections are a key opportunity to hold politicians
It's up to
us to put working class champions in office who will fight for strong
infrastructure investment, create good jobs, protect prevailing wages and
ensure that our pensions and social security system stay sound.
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MEMBERS IN ACTION
LIUNA members were successful
in pushing Delaware to enact a new state law blocking county and local
governments from passing so-called right-to-work. Read more.
In Wisconsin, LIUNA members
working at Mid-States Concrete Industries were successful in winning a
better contract after a brief strike. Find out more.
Workers at Didlake in
Arlington, VA, are continuing in their effort for union recognition.
Workers voted to join together with LIUNA Local 572 in April 2017 but
their employer has refused to bargain over pay and health
insurance. Read more.
Illinois member, Jarod
Starrick, saved the life of a fellow union brother, Tim Lee, by
donating his kidney. Read more.
In Las Vegas, LIUNA members
are raising concerns about local hiring and safety at the Circus Circus
Casino. Read more.
Members in Ohio are fighting
Senate Bill 72, which would lower pay by eliminating prevailing wage
rules. Read more.
In Rhode Island, LIUNA members
rallied in support of good jobs building the new $250 million, 46- story
Fane Tower. Read more.
In New Brunswick, Canada,
Local 900 members participated in the "Home Run for Food Bank
Charity Cup" softball game to support a local food bank. Read more.
In California, LIUNA is urging
the Monterey Marriott to improve wages, benefits, and working
conditions on their renovation project. Read more.