Infrastructure Week 2021: Follow Illinois’ Lead with the American Jobs Plan

Investing in infrastructure creates jobs and boosts the economy. The nation’s infrastructure has been underfunded for far too long, with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) giving U.S. infrastructure a “C-” grade. ASCE estimates that the United States needs … Continue reading Infrastructure Week 2021: Follow Illinois’ Lead with the American Jobs Plan

Survey: Nearly Half of Illinois’ Working Mothers Lost Jobs or Are Working Fewer Hours One Year Into Pandemic

Child Care Burdens Linked with Growing Economic and Career Hardships for Women Chicago:  A new survey of more than 1,000 working mothers who were employed in March 2020 finds that child care burdens associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have deepened … Continue reading Survey: Nearly Half of Illinois’ Working Mothers Lost Jobs or Are Working Fewer Hours One Year Into Pandemic

Construction Wage Theft Costs WI, MN, and IL Taxpayers $362 Million Per Year

New study says 1-in-5 construction workers in the Upper Midwest are illegally misclassified as independent contractors or paid off the books La Grange, IL:  With public budgets increasingly strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, new research by the Illinois Economic Policy … Continue reading Construction Wage Theft Costs WI, MN, and IL Taxpayers $362 Million Per Year

Study: Collective Bargaining Boosts Economy and Strengthens Public Budgets

Union agreements don’t just benefit members, they strengthen communities in era of uncertainty La Grange, IL:  An analysis of eight construction industry collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) in the Chicago metropolitan area details how unionization extends benefits far beyond the paychecks … Continue reading Study: Collective Bargaining Boosts Economy and Strengthens Public Budgets