Join Our Team! CJC Advocacy Manager Opening

We are currently hiring for an Advocacy Manager, a full-time position that will serve as CJC’s main representative on legislative advocacy in concert with Jobs Council Policy Team staff, member organizations, coalition partners, and job seekers. The Advocacy Manager position reports to the Director of Policy and is a member of the Policy Team. Key [...]

Americans Deserve Better than the HEALS Act

On Monday, July 27, the Republican leadership in the Senate announced its plan for the next coronavirus relief package - the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. Unfortunately, the HEALS act doesn’t do enough to protect jobs, families, and small businesses and lacks basic details for timeline and implementation. We must tell [...]

Black Lives Matter.

The team at the Chicago Jobs Council is feeling grief and sadness. We are tired of the violence of white supremacy still raging in this country.  George Floyd should be alive today. James Scurlock should be alive today. Breonna Taylor should be alive today. So many people should be alive today. White supremacy and racist [...]

HEROES Act Takes On Some of the Biggest Challenges Facing Workers, but Doesn’t Go Far Enough for Workforce

A few weeks ago, the Chicago Jobs Council joined 47 other Illinois-based workforce development service providers, businesses, advocates, and industry stakeholders in lifting up recommendations to our Congresspeople, requesting critical support for vulnerable workers and job seekers impacted by COVID-19.  A few days ago, House Leader Nancy Pelosi announced a new piece of legislation called [...]

The Pandemic of Racism Was Here Already. Now it’s Teamed up With Coronavirus.

By Jamie Koenig & Eric Halvorson Long before coronavirus, structural racism was causing widespread death, devastation, and suffering across the United States. In the city of Chicago, residents in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Englewood could expect to die at around 60, while the mostly white residents of Streeterville could expect to live until about [...]

We Cannot Ticket our Way to Safe Biking and Smooth Busing

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently announced plans to create new powers for city ticket writers to mail tickets to drivers who are pulling away without requiring them to place a paper ticket on the vehicle or hand it to the owner. We believe this is counterproductive, and a dangerous step in the wrong direction. This [...]

Transportation challenges continue to limit employment opportunities in Chicagoland

In November 2019, the Chicago Jobs Council distributed transportation issue surveys to our members (providers of workforce development and other community services) and our Transit Table coalition (advocates working to eliminate transportation barriers that keep people out of work and in poverty).  Community based workforce development providers have a unique insight into what makes the [...]

Action Alert: Join Us in Fighting Another Harmful Federal Rule Change Threatening SNAP

Yet again, the federal administration has released a proposal for a federal rule change which threatens the SNAP benefits of 3.1 million Americans, cutting SNAP benefits over five years by $10.5 billion, while increasing SNAP administrative costs by $2.3 billion.   The new proposed rule would gut states’ options to eliminate SNAP asset tests and use [...]

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