Karin Norington-Reaves Endorsed By IUOE Local 150 and IBEW Local 134 (Chicago, IL) — Karin Norington-Reaves today announced the endorsement of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 150, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134, who collectively represent more than 40,000 members in Illinois.
“I’m proud today to receive the support of these two organizations that represent tens of thousands of working men and women of Illinois,” said Norington-Reaves. “Unions are the backbone of our economy, supporting our working families and giving them the resources they need to not only survive, but thrive. I’ve been honored to work alongside them over the last decade creating good-paying union jobs and I am proud to have their support for my campaign for Congress.”
“Karin has 30 years of experience in community development, advocacy, and job creation,” said James M. Sweeney, Local 150 President–Business Manager. “We have worked closely with Karin to offer free training in the skilled trades, manufacturing, and career services to build a diverse pipeline of skilled workers. We are confident that Karin will continue to support policies and programs that create good-paying jobs, support working families, and spur economic growth in the 1st District. We are proud to stand with her campaign.”
“We’ve partnered with Karin Norington-Reaves over and over to improve the lives of working families in Chicago,” said Donald Finn, Business Manager of IBEW Local 134. “She continues to prioritize men and women in need, empowering them to transform their lives through meaningful work. Karin’s track record standing with labor and working families is only matched by her dedication to improving opportunity in our communities.”
The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 is a labor union representing 23,000 working men and women in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. Local 150 represents workers in various industries, including construction, construction material development, public works, concrete pumping, steel mill service, slag processing and others. IBEW Local 134 represents more than 17,000 construction, communication, and residential electricians in the Chicago region and fights to improve workers’ rights, benefits and job conditions.
About Karin Norington-Reaves
Karin Norington-Reaves is a public servant and change agent with 30 years of experience in job creation, education, advocacy, and community development. A third-generation Chicagoan, Karin is the daughter of an Air Force veteran and sheet metal worker father and an entrepreneur and business coach mother. From an early age, she watched her mother advocate for, mentor, and serve others.
For the past decade, Karin has been the CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, the nation’s most extensive and effective publicly-funded workforce development system. Under her leadership since it began in 2012, The Partnership has focused on connecting people to careers, and businesses to high-quality talent, impacting Chicagoland’s neighborhoods and business communities.
Among Karin’s leadership accomplishments in the past decade are the roughly 100,000 people placed into long-lasting careers, and her management of half a billion dollars of economic investments in job training and placement and business development. Karin recognizes and amplifies the unique, untapped potential of individuals and Chicagoland communities through job placement and occupational training, and has collaborated with more than 2,000 businesses to create jobs in underserved neighborhoods. She is a catalyst for change and leads by serving others, advocating for equity in all economic opportunities in every space she sits in.
Of all her roles Karin considers “Mama” her most noteworthy title. Karin and her crew — two kiddos and two dogs — live in Chatham.
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