Organized labor is a real boost in the quality of life for men and women who are out on the job day-in and day-out working to support their families. From a safety perspective, unions have forced employers to make their work-sites and factories safer. The flip-side to the boost in safety benefits is that many unions have become large, politically run organizations that always line the pockets of those at the top.
Union organizers have quickly learned that by ‘steering’ their members to attorneys who may be ‘affiliated’ with the union, they may be able to obtain generous contributions and other perks. The problem with this arrangement is that the injured workers’ interest is not kept in focus.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is proud to be the law firm called on by union-members across Illinois, who wish to have a truly independent group of attorneys working on their behalf– a firm without official ties to any union. Because we independent, we can truly boast that we have your best interests in mind throughout your workers compensation or civil injury lawsuit. We have no secondary benefit in mind when it comes to your case– just what is in the best interest of you and your family.
Union vs. Non-Union Workers
In the U.S., most workers have an absolute right to medical care for a work-related injury as well as compensation to offset the loss of income from temporary or permanent disabilities. In Chicago, Illinois State Law requires employers to carry enough insurance to meet these potential obligations. The advantage that an injured union worker has is that he or she is usually protected above and beyond the basic worker protections provided by the federal and state government.
When filing a workers’ compensation claim, the trade union will usually provide representation to the worker. However, it is fully within a workers right to hire their own attorney, and that is generally the prudent course of action because the union has an agenda and interests to protect beyond those of the worker seeking compensation.
Protecting Worker Rights Immediately After An Accident
When an accident occurs, it is crucial that the worker begin to protect his or her rights immediately. Many workers incorrectly believe that as soon as they take the necessary steps with their union their rights are protected, but as explained earlier, that is not always the case.
Perhaps the greatest mistake that injured union workers make is waiting to be denied compensation before taking the steps to protect their own interests. Keep in mind that it is much easier for a representative to ensure that you are treated fairly when they can be involved in the process early on. As time passes, it becomes increasingly difficult to undo the infringement of rights that can occur due to actions by the employer, trade union, and insurance companies.
Choose a Legal Representative for a Union Worker Injury
It is essential when choosing a lawyer to represent you that you choose the one best suited to your situation. A workers’ compensation case for a non-union worker is not the same as a case for a union worker, and thus it is very important to select a firm that focuses on such cases, has significant experience and has an established record of success. Also, keep in mind that there are many different types of unions in Chicago, and some firms may have more experience than others dealing with unions and companies within a particular domain.
Our attorneys have had the honor of representing members of the following unions in work injury cases:ACTORS EQUITY557 West Randolph StreetChicago, IL312-641-0393http://www.actorsequity.org/home.asp
Founded in 1913, this union represents actors and stage managers in Chicago and across the country.AFGE80 F Street NWWashington, DC 2001202-737-8700http://www.afge.org/
Originating in 1932, American Federation of Government Employees represents governmental employees in the United States and overseas.AFSCME COUNCIL 31205 N. Michigan AvenueSuite 2100Chicago, IL 60601312-641-6060http://www.afscme31.org/#
A group that fights for the rights of all working people in Illinois.AFTRA – CHICAGO LOCALNo contact info b/c website expired 3/4/2014http://www.aftra.org/aftra/aftra.htm
This union represents and protects television and radio artists.AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION LOCAL 308205 West Wacker DriveSuite 700Chicago, IL 60606http://www.atu308.org/
A union from the early 1900’s to improve transit, wages and working conditions for Rail labor organizations.ASBESTOS WORKERS LOCAL 17Heat and Frost Insulators18520 Spring Creek DriveTinley Park, IL 60477708-468-8000http://www.local17insulators.com/
Union dedicated to protect the employees who build safe and green environments for insulation in places like steel mills, commercial building and schools.BAKERY, CONFECTIONERY, TOBACCO WORKERS AND GRAIN MILLERS10401 Connecticut AvenueFloor 4Kensington, MD 20895301-933-8600http://www.bctgm.org/index.html
Some of these employees have been protected since the 1800’s, the union protects employees working in the field of bakery, confectionery, tobacco and grain millers.BOILERMAKERS753 State AvenueSuite 570Kansas City, KS 66101913-371-2640http://www.boilermakers.org/
The union represents over 100,000 workers through the United States and Canada who work in construction, maintenance, emergency medical services and manufacturing.BRICKLAYERS620 F Street NWWashington, DC 20004202-783-3788http://www.bacweb.org/
Since 1865, Bricklayers Union has protected work and life for bricklayers and craftsmen in the United States and Canada.CHICAGO REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS12 East Erie StreetChicago, IL 60611312-787-3076http://www.carpentersunion.org/
A regional council of carpenters that represent people in Illinois, parts of Wisconsin and Iowa.CHICAGO BUILDING TRADES COUNCILhttp://www.chicagobuildingtrades.org/
A union which represents building and construction workers in Chicago and Cook County.CHICAGO FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS656 West Randolph StreetSuite 2WChicago, IL 60661312-782-0063https://www.cfm10208.com/
An organization over 100 years old which represents professional musicians in the Chicago area.CHICAGO FIRE FIGHTERS LOCAL 2440 West 43rdChicago, IL 60609http://www.iaff-local2.org/index.cfm?section=1
A union which represents fire fighters and ems workers in the Chicago Fire Department.CHICAGO NEWSPAPER GUILD17 North State StreetSuite 1700Chicago, IL 60602312-373-7143http://www.chicagonewsguild.org/
A union that protects the rights of employees of the media field in the Chicago area.CHICAGO PLUMBERS LOCAL 1301340 West Washington BoulevardChicago, IL 60607312-421-1010http://www.plumberslu130ua.org/
Union representing the skilled craftsmanship of being a plumber and their rights.CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION222 Merchandise Mart PlazaSuite 400Chicago, IL 60654http://www.ctunet.com/
A Chicago union representing Chicago area teachers in public schools.CHICAGO TYPOGRAPHICAL UNION LOCAL 16/CWA 144081580 South Milwaukee AvenueSuite 208Libertyville, IL 60048847-247-8855http://www.chicagotypographical.org/
Since 1852, the union has represented printers and editorial employees in Chicagoland.COOK COUNTY COLLEGE TEACHERS UNION208 West Kinzie StreetChicago, IL 60654312-755-9400http://ccctu.org/
Representing over 5,000 members in over 20 chapters in Cook County, Cook County College Teachers Union helps faculty, professional employees, classified employees and retirees.CWA LOCAL 42503055 Glenwood-Dyer RoadLynwood, IL 60411708-757-4065http://www.cwalocal4250.org/cwa/index.cfm?CURRENT TIME(EST):=05:19:46AM&CFID=119175832&CFTOKEN=12023099
A local union which represents people working for SBC/Ameritech Operator Services.FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE CHICAGO LODGE 71412 West Washington BoulevardChicago, IL 60607312-733-7776http://www.chicagofop.org/
A union representing Chicago Police.IAM DISTRICT 816W361 South Frontage RoadSuite 127Burr Ridge, IL 60527630-321-3880http://www.iamdistrict8.org/
Representing sine 1939 local manufacturing, automotive, engineering and law workers.IAM LOCAL 4850 West Oakton StreetDes Plaines, IL 60018http://www.iamlocal48.org/
A union which represents local machinists.IAM LOCAL 4910537 South Ridgeland AvenueChicago Ridge, ILhttp://www.iamlocal49.org/
Local union representing machinists and aerospace workers.IAM LOCAL 701450 Gundersen DriveCarol Stream, IL 60188708-482-1720http://www.mech701.org/
A mechanics local union which represents auto and truck mechanics, heavy equipment, excavating and paving, road building, forklifts, high-rise equipment, tank washers, fuelers, trailer body, marine, container and barge line industries.IATSE (MOTION PICTURE PROJECTIONISTS, OPERATORS & VIDEO TECHNICIANS) LOCAL 110216 S. Jefferson StreetSuite 203Chicago, IL 60661312-454-1110http://iatse.net/directory/local-110
A union represents the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts in the United States from the late 1890’s.IATSE LOCAL #2216 S. Jefferson StreetSuite 400Chicago, IL 60661312-705-2020http://www.iatselocal2.com/
Union that represents people who work in motion pictures, stagehands, operators, technicians.IBEW LOCAL 94415 West Harrison StreetSuite 330Hillside, IL 60162http://www.ibew9.org/
A union which represents people who do outside electrical work in cable t.v. and phone, government, line and tree trimming, utility and outside construction and distribution.IBEW LOCAL 211307 Butterfield RoadSuite 422Downers Grove, IL 60515630-960-4466http://www.ibew21.org/
An electrical workers union who mainly worked in jobs in the telecommunications industry.IBEW LOCAL 134600 West Washington Blvd.Chicago, IL 60661312-454-1340http://www.local134.com/
A local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.IBEW LOCAL 12208604 W. Catalpa AvenueSuite 901Chicago, IL 60656773-714-1220http://www.ibew1220.org/
A chapter that represents broadcast technicians in the Chicago area.ILLINOIS FEDERATION OF TEACHERSRobert M. Healey Center500 Oakmont LaneP.O. Box 390Westmont, IL 60559630-468-4080http://www.ift-aft.org/
This union represents people in the field of education and public service.ILLINOIS NURSES ASSOCIATION105 West Adams StreetSuite 1420Chicago, IL 60603312-419-2900http://www.illinoisnurses.com/
A nurses’ union to fight for and protect nurses.IUOE LOCAL 143447 West 31stChicago, IL 60616Street312-326-1430http://local143.org/
IUOE Local 143 is a group of engineers whose primary focus is to keep kids in Chicago Public Schools safe.IRON WORKERS LOCAL 17720 Industrial DriveForest Park, IL 60130708-366-6695http://www.iwlocal1.com/
Ironworkers union that work on bridge, structural and reinforcing projects.IRON WORKERS LOCAL 632525 W. LexingtonBroadview, IL 60155708-344-7727https://ironworkerslocal63.com/
A local ironworkers union that has foundations since the great Chicago fire in the 1800’s.IUOE LOCAL 1506200 Joliet RoadCountryside, IL 60525708-482-8800https://portal.iuoelocal150.org/Pages/Default.aspx
A union in Chicago representing steam engine workiers.IUOE 3992260 South Grove StreetChicago, IL 60616312-372-9870http://www.iuoe399.org/
Since 1896, this union has represented skilled maintenance workers in Illinois and Indiana.LABORERS LOCAL 2Website is not active nor is there one via googleLABORERS LOCAL 1001323 S. Ashland AvenueChicago, IL 60607312-226-1001http://www.local1001.com/
A union representing city department employees.NABET LOCAL 41211 West Wacker DriveSuite 1030Chicago, IL 60606312-372-4111
A chapter of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians who help people who work for ABC, NBC, FOX, TELEMUNDO, UNIVISION along with production through the Midwest and Texas.NORTH SUBURBAN TEACHERS UNION LOCAL 12749933 Lawler AvenueSuite 222Skokie, IL 60077847-673-1274http://www.nstu.org/
A union of teachers and school staff in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago.PAINTERS DISTRICT COUNCEIL #141456 West Adams StreetChicago, IL 60607312-421-0046http://www.pdc14.com/
A chapter of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.PASS LOCAL 106Site not working and nothing on google is active linking it.PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 59745 North Ogden AvenueChicago, IL 60607312-829-4191http://www.pf597.org/
A local union of Chicago pipefitters.ROOFERS LOCAL 119838 West Roosevelt RoadWestchester, IL 60154708-345-0970http://www.rooferslocal11.org/
A union for roofers and waterproofing workers that helps protect the lives of American skilled workers.SEIU LOCAL 1111 E. WackerSuite 2500Chicago, IL 60601877-233-8880http://www.seiu1.org/
Beginning in the early 1900s in Chicago, the SEIU represents service employees internationally.SEIU LOCAL 7no website available SEIU LOCAL 73300 South Ashland Avenue4th FloorChicago, IL 60607312-787-5868 http://seiu73.org/
A chapter of the Service Employees International Union which represents people in public service.SEIU LOCAL 202229 South HalstedChicago, IL 60608312-980-9000 http://www.seiuhcilin.org/
This chapter of the SEIU protects Healthcare workers working in healthcare, child care, nursing homes and home care.SEIU ILLINOIS STATE COUNCIL111 E. Wacker DriveSuite 2500Chicago, IL 60601http://www.seiu.org/directory/local/619
The SEIU is the union that is growing most quickly in the United States today and includes people in the fields of healthcare, property service and public service.SHEET METAL WORKERS LOCAL 734550 Roosevelt RoadHillside, IL 60162708-449-0073http://www.smw73.org/
Covering Cook and Lake Counties, the Sheet Metal Workers chapter is the largest chapter in the United States.SPRINKLER FITTERS LOCAL 28111900 South Laramie AvenueAlsip, IL 60803708-597-1800http://www.sprinklerfitterchicago.org/
Pipefitters who work in fire protection.TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 251300 West Higgins RoadSuite 220Park Ridge, IL 60068847-292-1225http://www.teamstersjc25.com/
Representing Ilinois, Northwest Indiana and Metropolitan Chicago, Teamsters Joint Council 25 is a labor union for more than 120,000 workers.TEAMSTERS LOCAL 705No affiliated website.TEAMSTERS LOCAL 7109000 W. 187thMokena, IL 60448773-254-3200http://www.local710.org/
Since 1903, Local 710 represents truck freight carriers, UPS, Soft Drink employees, Wine and Spirits distribution, auto transport, meat packing and distribution, manufacturing, food distribution, office workers and warehousing workers.TEAMSTERS LOCAL 714See belowTEAMSTERS LOCAL 726See belowTEAMSTERS LOCAL 7001300 West Higgins RoadSuite 301Park Ridge, IL 60068847-939-9700http://www.teamsterslocal700.com/aboutus/history.html
A combined union of Local 714 and 726 servicing public sector employees in Illinois.TEAMSTERS LOCAL 7434620 South Tripp AvenueChicago, IL 60632773-254-7460http://www.teamsterslocal743.com/
Representing civil rights and workers rights in Illinois for over 70 years.UFCW LOCAL 88110400 W. Higgings RoadSuite 500Rosemont, IL 60018847-294-5064http://www.local881ufcw.org/index.html
A local union which represents mainly, but not limited to, people in the food and drug industry.UFCW LOCAL 15461649 West Adams2nd FloorChicago, IL 60612312-733-2999http://ufcwlocal1546.org/
A local chapter of the a national union whose members work in retail food and meat departments. There are people from other occupations there as well.UNITE HERE275 7th AvenueNew York, NY 10001212-265-7000http://www.unitehere.org/
A national and international union (United States and Canada) who represent workers in hotel, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, gaming and airport industries.UPI LOCAL 410011 East AdamsChicago, IL 60603312-663-5916http://www.upilocal4100.org/
This union represents the employees of the higher education public schools in Illinois.
Compensation programs are a common aspect of trade agreements between unions and companies. Most compensation programs are good and extend protection beyond what is required by federal and state law. In some cases, however, compensation programs are poor and may even include language that seeks to reduce your rights. A lawyer can work to get everything owed to you within the framework of the compensation program just as he or she could work to help the non-union worker be protected by workers’ compensation laws. Ideally, union workers should hire a lawyer in advance of an injury to examine the compensation program and identify any potential issues with it.
Hire A Chicago Injury Law Firm That Works For You. Not Your Union.
If you’re a Chicago union worker that has been involved in an accident, it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer immediately. Do not wait until you are denied what you feel is owed to you. Even in the earliest stages of an accident case, as your representative Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can navigate the process in a way that helps ensure that your rights are protected and your rights to receive compensation are always protected. If you are looking for a law firm who truly has your interest in mind, contact Rosenfeld Injury Injury Lawyers today. Our consultations are always free and without obligation. We only earn a fee when there is a recovery for you.