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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are honored to recognize milestone events in
 4    the lives of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, It has come to our attention  that  Don  Turner,
 6    President  of  the  Chicago  Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, has
 7    announced his plans to retire this year at  the  end  of  his
 8    term; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Don  Turner  has served as the President of the
10    Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL), a  position  he  has  held
11    since  December  of  1995;  prior  to  his  election  as  CFL
12    President,  Mr.  Turner  was elected CFL Secretary-Treasurer;
13    and

14        WHEREAS, The Chicago Federation of Labor is  the  AFL-CIO
15    central  labor  body  for Cook County, representing more than
16    300 unions and 500,000  workers;  for  over  100  years,  the
17    Chicago  Federation  of  Labor  has  been  advocating for the
18    rights and interests of working people in the  workplace  and
19    in the halls of government; and

20        WHEREAS,  Working his way through college, Mr. Turner was
21    a member of the  Steelworkers  (USWA)  and  Baggage  Handlers
22    (UTU)  unions;  as a high school business teacher he became a
23    member of the Chicago Teachers Union and  was  elected  union
24    delegate  in  1968;  he later went on to serve as the Union's
25    Administrative Director from  1977  to  1984;  in  1984,  Mr.
26    Turner  was elected Chicago Teachers Union Vice President and
27    Illinois Federation of Teachers Vice President; he left to go
28    to the Chicago  Federation  of  Labor  as  Assistant  to  the
29    President and Project Coordinator; and

30        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Turner  has  served  as  a Co-Chair of the
31    Chicagoland Labor Management Committee, a unique  partnership
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 1    the  Chicago  Federation of Labor and the Chicagoland Chamber
 2    of Commerce have established to help resolve shared  employee
 3    issues  in  the  workplace;  he  is  a  Board  member  of the
 4    Metropolis 2020 and the Chicago Workforce Board and serves on
 5    the Board of Directors of the Chicago Convention and  Tourism
 6    Bureau, the Chicago Manufacturing Center, Global Chicago, and
 7    Citizens  Action Illinois; he serves as a Commissioner of the
 8    Public Building Commission, and he  is  an  Advisory  Council
 9    member  of  the  University  of  Illinois - Chicago School of
10    Public Health and a member of the Board of Governors  of  the
11    Metropolitan  Planning Council; Mr. Turner is a former member
12    of the Illinois Economic Development  Board,  the  Governor's
13    Commission  on Educational Funding, and he served as a member
14    of Governor Edgar's Trade Mission to Asia and  Mayor  Daley's
15    Trade  Mission  to  Mexico;  he  also  served  as an election
16    observer in Nicaragua in 1989 and represented the AFL-CIO  on
17    visits to Poland; and

18        WHEREAS,  In  regards  to  his  charitable endeavors, Mr.
19    Turner has served as the Labor Chairperson for the United Way
20    since 1995 and formerly served on the Board of Directors  for
21    the Red Cross and the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of
22    America; and

23        WHEREAS,  Don  Turner  has  left an indelible mark on the
24    Chicago Federation of Labor since he  first  took  office  in
25    1995  and  has  led the way to a more innovative and activist
26    organization; as a high  school  teacher  by  trade,  he  has
27    provided  many important lessons of solidarity over the years
28    on the picket lines, at the bargaining table, in the halls of
29    Congress, and even in celebration of the  Chicago  Federation
30    of Labor's labor achievements; and

31        WHEREAS,  Don  Turner's  unique  vision  has  brought the
32    Chicago Federation of Labor such innovative programs as Labor
33    in the Pulpits, Labor Day at  Navy  Pier,  Union  Images  Art
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 1    Exhibit,  and  the  formation  of  the  Chicago Manufacturing
 2    Workforce Board; in addition, he has  established  coalitions
 3    with influential Chicago business, political, charitable, and
 4    religious  leaders,  which have bridged a crucial gap between
 5    the union members and their  own  communities;  he  has  also
 6    worked  hard  to create good paying union jobs in Cook County
 7    by supporting such legislative initiatives as Illinois  FIRST
 8    and the O'Hare Expansion Agreement; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Don Turner lives with his wife, Bernadette, who
10    was  an  English  teacher  and  is  currently  a  scholarship
11    consultant; they have two children, Joshua and Matthew; and

12        WHEREAS, On June 27,  2002,  the  Chicago  Federation  of
13    Labor will hold a special "Farewell Tribute Program" in honor
14    of Don Turner and his many contributions to the Chicago, Cook
15    County, and Illinois labor movement; therefore, be it

18    we congratulate Don Turner on his retirement as President  of
19    the  Chicago Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and we wish him well
20    in all of his future endeavors; and be it further

21        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
22    presented to Don Turner as an expression of our esteem.

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