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WSIU Almanac Thursday April 28, 2022

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Kevin Boucher

Happy Thursday, and here is your WSIU ALMANAC, brought to you by LiUNA!, the Laborers’ Local 773 and Ullico. Today is workers memorial day. The day is set aside to to honor those who have lost their lives on the job. The Laborers’ Local 773 and Ullico also want to recognize the everyday essential workers, many of whom are people of color and immigrants, who put their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The day also honors the event, over 50 years ago, when the Occupational Safety and Health Act , also known as OSHA, went into effect. The Act led to safer working conditions. Locally, Laborers’ Local 773 reminds you road construction is going on so as you drive, leave the cell phone alone, and especially be alert for workers in construction zones. When you see work zones, remember to move over and slow down. Laborers’ Local 773 also reminds you that traffic backups can happen at any time. The Illinois Laborers’ and Contractors Joint Apprenticeship and training program is accepting applications . To schedule your elective classes call the Mt. Sterling Office at 877-773-2741. And a reminder later this Summer the Edward M Smith Charitable Golf Tournament will take place on June 23rd at Kokopelli in Marion. For more information and to register, browse to: https://www.local773.com/edward-m-smith-golf-tournament

And that’s your WSIU Almanac,..this Labor Almanac was brought to you by the Laborers’ International Union of North America and the Laborers’ Locall 773, and by Ullico.

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Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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