Terrence Healy joined Laborers’ Local Union 2 and took his first job as a construction laborer in 1972 while studying at Loyola University, Chicago. After completing a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting, he worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company until 1983 when he became an auditor for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). Within two years, he was promoted to assistant regional manager of what was then known as LIUNA’s Chicago region. He served in that capacity until 1993 when he was named manager of the newly formed Great Lakes region. At the Union’s 21st convention in 1996, Healy was elected as a vice president and has won re-election at all subsequent conventions. The Great Lakes region is comprised of 60,000 construction and public service employees who work in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, the city of Chicago and its collar counties of Boone, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. Overseeing these strong union construction markets, Healy is committed to labor-management cooperation, apprenticeship, training and education.
In addition to the Great Lakes region, he was named manager of LIUNA’s Northwest region and special assistant to the general president in 2012. The Northwest region’s 45,000 members work in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Healy is a trustee for two labor-employer trusts and LIUNA’s pension, health and safety and training and education funds. He has been a vice president of the Illinois State AFL-CIO since 1994, and chaired the State of Illinois Procurement Policy Board from 2004 to 2009.