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Sisters of Union Laborers' (S.O.U.L.)

Mission Statement

Midwest Region LiUNA is proud to introduce its newest program, Sisters of Union Laborers, commonly referred to as SOUL. SOUL was created as part of the Membership Education Mobilization Program. Its purpose is to engage the female membership, staff, family members, and friends of laborers, educate them on issues important to our Union and their family and continue to keep pride in our Union strong.

The Story of Us

Back in March 2011, a group of women, consisting of laborers, office staff, and retiree spouses, got together in Des Moines, IA to discuss how to get women and family members more involved in the union and educated on union issues. From there, SOUL was born. This group was created to reach out to our female membership and enhance the sense of community union halls have by involving family members and educating all on topics that are important to our Union and our way of life. SOUL organizes and plans annual social events for union members and their families, and assists with various community service projects. Local 177 chartered the first SOUL group on June 28, 2011.

It's Easy to Become A SOUL Member

To join SOUL or learn more about it, contact SOUL President, Darlene Navin, at LDNAVIN@aol.com. We look forward to meeting you and watching SOUL grow.

Scholarship Award Program

We are excited to announce we have started a Scholarship Program for dependent children and grandchildren of Local 177 members in good standing, Local 177 Retiree Council members, or SOUL sisters. This includes stepchildren and step-grandchildren. Criteria for the selection of nominees will be based on financial need, scholastic ability, etc. Download the application below or pick up a copy at the Local 177 office. Submit your completed application by mail or in-person at 3400 E Euclid Ave, Suite A, Des Moines, IA 50317. Applications must be received by April 26, 2024.


2021 SOUL Scholarship Recipient

  • Kali Powers of Des Moines, attending Des Moines Area Community College

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