STUDY: Planned Expansion of Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Will Create 25,000 Jobs, Boost Economy by Billions, and Pay for Itself in Less Than a Decade

La Grange, IL: Illinois’ plans to expand broadband infrastructure by 2025 will connect nearly 565,000 residents to high-speed internet, create nearly 25,000 jobs, grow the economy by billions of dollars, and generate sufficient tax revenues to pay for itself within … Continue reading STUDY: Planned Expansion of Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Will Create 25,000 Jobs, Boost Economy by Billions, and Pay for Itself in Less Than a Decade

Contractor Surveys: The Construction Labor Shortage is Less Severe for Union Firms

La Grange, IL:  A review of 2018-2021 Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) surveys of more than 5,000 member firms nationwide reveals that nonunion construction firms are facing significantly greater workforce supply problems than their union counterparts, and that these … Continue reading Contractor Surveys: The Construction Labor Shortage is Less Severe for Union Firms

STUDY: 100% Clean Energy Will Grow Wisconsin Economy by $21 Billion, Create 34,000 Jobs

Researchers Warn That Without Local Hire Protections, Economic Benefits Would Be Muted La Grange, IL: Wisconsin’s stated goal of transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2050 could grow the state’s economy by $21 billion, create more than 34,000 jobs, and … Continue reading STUDY: 100% Clean Energy Will Grow Wisconsin Economy by $21 Billion, Create 34,000 Jobs

STUDY: Fair Workweek Laws Shown to Boost Wages and Job Quality in Essential and Frontline Industries 

The The State of Oregon, City of Chicago, and Six Other U.S. Cities Currently Have Fair Workweek Laws on the Books La Grange, IL: As face-to-face and essential industries continue struggling to attract and retain sufficient numbers of qualified workers, … Continue reading STUDY: Fair Workweek Laws Shown to Boost Wages and Job Quality in Essential and Frontline Industries 

STUDY: Prevailing Wages on Service Contracts Boost Incomes, Health Insurance Coverage, and Job Stability for Custodians

Laws establishing market-rate wage floor delivering best outcomes for People of Color La Grange, IL: In the first ever national study on the application of prevailing wage laws outside the construction industry, researchers from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) … Continue reading STUDY: Prevailing Wages on Service Contracts Boost Incomes, Health Insurance Coverage, and Job Stability for Custodians

STUDY:  Unionized Construction Offers Superior Health and Safety Outcomes

Unionized Construction Experiences Significantly Fewer Violations Across Nine Midwestern States La Grange, IL:  An analysis of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections at construction jobsites has revealed that unionized construction workers face 34% fewer health and safety violations than … Continue reading STUDY:  Unionized Construction Offers Superior Health and Safety Outcomes