|Rauner Administration Reaches Collective Bargaining Agreements with SEIU & Additional Trade Unions|
11/23/15 - Governor Bruce Rauner and the following labor unions have agreed to terms on new four-year collective bargaining agreements: Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”), Local 1 Chicago, the International Union of United Food and Commercial Workers, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Three Councils of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters, and the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenter’s Regional Council), the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers, the Laborers International Union of North America, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, & Transportation Workers, and Illinois State Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.
|Readout of Governor Rauner Calls with WH Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security|
11/23/15 - Governor Rauner and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough spoke by phone late Friday about the governor’s unanswered requests for information related to the Syrian refugee program.
|October Jobs in Illinois Increase +14,100 while Unemployment Rate Holds at 5.4|
11/19/2015 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ nonfarm payroll employment gained +14,100 jobs and the unemployment rate in October held at 5.4 percent, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). October’s gain follows four consecutive monthly declines. Illinois’ average job growth since the employment recovery began in January 2010 remains below the national average, however, and employment will not recover from the 2007-2009 recession until December 2016, according to IDES analysts.
|IDES at “Hiring Our Heroes” Event – United Center|
11/16/15 - Director Mays spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring Our Heroes” Event on Thurs, Nov 5 at the United Center. Nearly 500 people attended the hiring expo, which was geared towards service members, veterans, and military spouses. Veterans were also offered free tickets to a Chicago Bulls Game being held that evening.
|Meeting Notice & Agenda: Employment & Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities|
11/9/15 - This agenda conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/02). Any individual planning to attend who will need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should notify Caroline Alamillo at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/NextTalk).
|Administration-Business-Labor Reach Agreement on Unemployment Insurance|
11/9/15 - SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today that his administration has reached an agreement with business groups and labor organizations to reform and improve Illinois’ unemployment insurance system.
“We have a lot of work left to turn around Illinois, but today’s agreement is a step towards making us more competitive so we can increase investment in the state and grow jobs,” Governor Rauner said. “I want to thank the legislators involved in crafting this agreement and urge the legislature to swiftly pass legislation and send it to my desk.”
|Illinois Sees Minimal Job Growth; Eight Metro Areas Lose Jobs - Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend|
10/22/15 - September was the nineteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area while eight metro areas across the state saw job loss compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Not seasonally adjusted data compares September 2015 with September 2014.
|State to Issue $15 million in Credits to Correct Overcharge in Unemployment Contribution Tax Rates; IDES fixes calculation error impacting thousands of employers across several industries|
10/20/15 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will issue $15 million in credits to thousands of new employers within eight industries which were incorrectly charged higher unemployment tax rates since 2013.
|September Jobs in Illinois Decrease -6,900 while Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.4; Illinois Jobs Decline Four Consecutive Months|
10/16/15 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ unemployment rate in September declined to 5.4 percent and nonfarm payroll employment shed -6,900 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The state’s job numbers dropped for a fourth consecutive month, keeping Illinois below the national average. Based on the slower path recorded this year, IDES analysts anticipate that Illinois employment will not recover from the 2007-2009 recession until April 2017.
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