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Friday, May 7, 2021

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- Posted by Rich Miller        

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  1. - Western IL - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 8:07 am:

    Anyone else seeing a HUGE demand for employees. Nearly every employer has help wanted signs out.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 8:13 am:

    === Anyone else seeing a HUGE demand for employees. Nearly every employer has help wanted signs out.===

    … coincides with a dropping of unemployment numbers too.

    Illinois is opening up. Good to see.


  3. - RNUG - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 8:23 am:

    == Anyone else seeing a HUGE demand for employees. ==

    Just about every place I go.

    A friend who owns a restaurant that managed to stay open and keep a lot of the staff employed the last year is having problems getting the others to return or hiring replacements.

    Another friend, a good chef who was laid off, has decided to pursue his other talent, car repair, and now has his own operation, with no desire to return to cooking (other than family gatherings).

    Wonder how many others have taken up new / different careers?


  4. - Nieva - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 8:37 am:

    Will the Cardinals try to sign Albert to a one-year contract and let him retire a Red Bird??


  5. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 9:31 am:

    ==Will the Cardinals try to sign Albert to a one-year contract and let him retire a Red Bird??==

    There’s also talk that the Sox may try to sign Albert in order to him to reunite with LaRussa.


  6. - Tom - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 9:34 am:

    If Albert signs anything but a one day contract (to retire) it’s a bad contract.


  7. - Colin Robinson - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 11:09 am:

    Anyone have a guess on if and when state workers will have to go back to working in their offices? Heard Cuomo ordered NY state employees back to the office May 17


  8. - Amalia - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 11:27 am:

    It’s really important that each of us keep at those we know who are not vaccinated, in whatever way we think will convince them to get a shot. the shots are widely available now. It is also still important to mask up. make it fun. just do it.


  9. - RNUG - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 11:30 am:

    == Anyone have a guess on if and when state workers will have to go back to working in their offices? ==

    That may be happening on an agency basis. Heard one agency is supposed to return the end of the month, if they haven’t already done so. But I don’t really see why they need to; almost all the work is done online with scanned copies of reports or over the phone; very little face to face interaction.


  10. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 11:37 am:

    == Anyone have a guess on if and when state workers will have to go back to working in their offices? ==

    Everyone at Secretary of State has been back to the office since June 1 last year. Almost a year ago, immediately after stay at home orders ended.


  11. - Steve Polite - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 12:09 pm:

    == Anyone have a guess on if and when state workers will have to go back to working in their offices? ==

    In the March-April 2021 edition of On The Move: AFSCME members take up remote work, AFSCME stated, “AFSCME has already begun discussions with the state and other employers about expanding that option for union members.”

    I hope it becomes a permanent option.


  12. - Hieronymus - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 12:28 pm:

    On keeping state employees working remotely:

    As long as there is no need for those workers to directly interact face-to-face with the public, and so long as productivity is maintained, what does it matter if they never routinely return to “the office”?

    Think of the savings in not having to maintain the overhead of the office space avoided?

    It could be reduced down to a few conference rooms and a greatly reduced number of cubes and offices, which would be assigned on a temporary basis, as ad-hoc needs would arise.


  13. - Sangamo Girl - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 12:31 pm:

    == Anyone have a guess on if and when state workers will have to go back to working in their offices? ==
    This should go without saying here but the “state” is not a monolith in this case. It depends not only upon which constitutional office (Governor, SOS, Comptroller) for which someone works, but which agency. Workers for Corrections, State Police, Juvenile Justice, and many others were never remote. (Hats off to you!) Some, like Revenue, were only remote for a short time and others may never go back to the office full time. Work needs, infrastructure, and employee concerns are driving much of this.


  14. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, May 7, 21 @ 1:21 pm:

    Most of the Capitol Complex, if not all, has been back to work since about last fall, based on how filled parking lots have been there. Not just SOS, which has been “all in” the office since last June.


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