SCHAUMBURG - Non-union contractors are part of the reason Illinois is losing jobs, an International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 representative said two years ago during a luncheon in Schaumburg hosted by United to Restore Freedom and Patriots United.
The Chicagoland Operators Joint Labor-Management PAC, whose chairman James Sweeney heads the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, gave thousands to several Illinois Republican lawmakers last week. Sweeney is an outspoken opponent of Right to Work laws.
"There is non-union knocking on our doors, who would love to take away our union work," Chuck August of Local 150 said when speaking on a panel about the challenges of bringing jobs to Illinois. "Going after union contractors? I'd rather go after non-union."
The panel discussion focused on how union and business leaders in Illinois can work together to generate economic growth in Illinois. Participants included Local 150's Chuck August, Patten Industries Garrett Patten, Caterpillar's Human Resource director Christopher Glynn and former state senator Steve Rauschenberger.