Illinois Advocates Release Skills Agenda for an Equitable Economic Recovery

The Chicago Jobs Council is proud to join with other workforce development and skill building advocates to share the Skills Agenda for an Equitable Economic Recovery. The outlook for working people in 2020 is dire. Working families are staring down an ongoing global pandemic coupled with a devastated labor market. Frontline workers struggle to secure the [...]

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 [...]

June 5: Join Us for Our 39th Annual Meeting – Virtual Edition

Registration is open for our 39th Annual Meeting Celebration, "Ideas and Action From the Community, For the Community" - Virtual Edition! Get Tickets You won't want to miss our program and other Annual Celebration highlights like our Betty J. Willhoite and Field Builder Award presentations, as well as special performances! Ticket Options: Free -- We support you and want to see [...]

Join Us! CJC Seeks Marketing and Communications Manager and Multiple Fellows

We are currently hiring for a Marketing and Communications Manager. The Marketing and Communications Manager is a full-time position to be responsible for implementing the Chicago Jobs Council’s (Jobs Council) major marketing and communications activities. The responsibilities of this position will include organization-wide communications and marketing, as well as support for the communications and marketing needs [...]

The Clean Energy Jobs Act is Right for Illinois Workers and Communities

written by Jamie Koenig, CJC Policy Intern The Chicago Jobs Council is a proud supporter of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) in Illinois. Climate change presents major threats globally as well as locally. To respond we must transition our energy sector to carbon neutral renewable energy. That transition is fundamentally about jobs: creating pathways [...]

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 [...]

Federal Expansion of SNAP Work Requirements is an Attack on Working Class Americans

Taking away someone’s food does not help them get a job. On the contrary, it causes hunger and hinders their ability to live a healthy and productive life. We at the Chicago Jobs Council staunchly oppose attaching work requirements to food, housing, or other critical types of public assistance. As such, we are troubled to [...]

The Jobs Council Sides with Teachers and School Staff

The Chicago Jobs Council proudly supports Chicago teachers and school support staff. CTU and SEIU Local 73 are currently on strike to secure smaller class sizes, school nurses, social workers, and librarians in every school, as well as affordable housing and better pay. Quality education from an early age is critical for individuals, families, and [...]

Many Workers Still Fall Through the Cracks of the Fair Labor Standards Act

Labor Day may have been over a month ago, but it’s still been on our minds at Chicago Jobs Council! We posted about #8daysoflaborday as a reminder of why we should celebrate, but more importantly, why we must continue working to make meaningful policy changes that help working class people.   Labor Day as we know [...]