Who We Are

Un-Lock Our Jobs was founded to protect the uninterrupted operation of the “Avenue of the America’s” – the essential waterway connection between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River corridor. A project of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, Un-Lock Our Jobs is a coalition of agriculture, business, labor, river communities, and concerned citizens working towards a comprehensive solution to stop the spread of Asian Carp, while leaving the Chicago locks open to commerce.

The potential migration of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Our members support the ongoing robust effort by federal and state agencies to educate the public about this threat, develop scientific and ecological solutions to control the Asian Carp population, improve existing barriers, and erect new barriers designed to prevent further migration.

Recognizing this valuable contribution to our region and the larger U.S. economy, we support the protection of American jobs by:
• Keeping the Chicago Area Waterway System open to business, through “on demand” lock operation
• A comprehensive multi-tiered solution that maximizes control and prevention efforts targeting Asian Carp
• Fully funding ongoing efforts to address the spread of Asian Carp


• Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
• Agribusiness Council of Indiana
• American Agriculture Movement
• Alter Barge Line, Inc.
• American Great Lakes Ports Association
• American Waterways Operators
• Blessey Marine Services
• Buckley Brothers
• Canal Barge Company, Inc.
• Canal Terminal Company
• Carus Corporation
• Cenex Harvest State
• Cherry Valley Enterprises
• Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
• Chicago River Rowing & Paddling Center
• Chicago Water Taxi
• Conexus Indiana Logistics Council
• Federal Marine Terminals, Inc.
• Frick Services, Inc.
• Great Lakes Maritime Task Force
• Hines-Furlong Lines
• Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers
• Illinois Chamber of Commerce
• Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
• Illinois Corn Growers Association
• Illinois Energy Association
• Illinois Farm Bureau
• Illinois International Port District – Port of Chicago
• Illinois Manufacturers Association
• Illinois Marine Towing, Inc.
• Illinois Petroleum Council
• Illinois Soybean Association
• Indiana Petroleum Council
• Industrial Electrical Power and Control Contractors
• Ingram Barge
• International Longshoreman’s Association
• International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots
• Iowa Corn Growers Association
• Kindra Lake Towing
• Kirby Corporation
• Louisiana Chemical Council
• Missouri Corn Growers Association
• Missouri Dairy Association
• Missouri Petroleum Council
• National Black Chamber of Commerce
• National Corn Growers Association
• Northwest Indiana Forum
• Ohio Chemistry Technology Council
• Ports of Indiana
• Rowell Chemical
• Shoreline Sightseeing
• Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association
• Tennessee Corn Growers Association
• United States Steel Corporation
• Waterways Council
• Wendella Sightseeing
• Wisconsin Agribusiness Council, Inc.
• Wisconsin commercial Ports Association
• Wisconsin Retail Council
• Wisconsin Petroleum Council

New Member Requests

For more information on how your organization or company can become a member of UnLock Our Jobs, please e mail us here.