Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x1 *** Future Of Work Task Force releases report on Illinois
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 *** Future Of Work Task Force releases report on Illinois

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* David Roeder

The job market in Illinois will continue to polarize, with most growth in high- and low-wage occupations, increasing the need for government and the private sector to support work with family-sustaining benefits, a bipartisan task force established by the state Legislature said Tuesday.

The 36-member panel said Illinois could “be a national leader in aligning business and worker needs through defining and enhancing job quality.” It said state government should realign its grants in workforce training and other programs to support jobs with benefits such as health insurance and family leave policies.

The panel’s report sidestepped the issue of mandates on the private sector but called on companies to implement such innovations as “portable” benefits that people can carry from one job to the next and paying workers a subsidy for commuting costs.

* From the Future Of Work Task Force Report

Summary of key findings and trends Work Challenges

    1. Illinois continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic but recovery has been uneven. As of April, unemployment is down to 4.6 percent in Illinois, but that number is much higher for Black men and women (13.4 percent and 11.4 percent) compared to other groups, illustrating ongoing challenges with equity and job access. New business openings in Illinois continue to increase, with the rate sitting just below its pre- pandemic baseline.

    2. Shifts in the Illinois economy away from manufacturing have translated to a loss of middle- wage jobs and a polarized labor market. Over 95 percent of Illinois workers live in urban areas, and although there are wide gaps in the unemployment rate across urban and rural counties, all areas of the state have experienced a hollowing out of middle- wage jobs.

    3. Projections indicate growth in lower-wage and higher-wage jobs, further polarizing the labor market. The loss of middle-wage jobs is expected to continue over the next ten years. This highlights the need for policy innovation and business practices to improve the quality of low-wage jobs and create stronger on- ramps to high-wage jobs.

    4. Illinois also continues to see gaps in postsecondary access and completion for Black, Latinx, low-income, and rural students. Bachelor’s degree attainment serves as a launch pad to higher-wage jobs, but equity gaps and the costs of accessing four-year colleges have grown prohibitive.

    5. Unionization continues to decline, and non- traditional and gig work continues to increase. Nearly 14 percent of the Illinois workforce were part of a union, a number that has continued to decline. Although gig work is difficult to define and track, national estimates are that 16 percent of the workforce participates in some form of temporary work. […]

Summary of Task Force Policy Recommendations Job Quality, Benefits, and Labor Standards

    1. Adopt a statewide job quality measurement.

    2. Use a job quality measurement mechanism to award state funding.

    3. Extend benefits to more people through models that: a. are not tied to any particular job b. support contributions from multiple employers or clients c. cover any worker, including independent contractors and other non-traditional workers.

    4. Create paid leave benefit programs to improve economic security for workers when they need to care for themselves and their families.

    5. Encourage employers to expand the scope of benefits to include as much employee support as possible, including defraying costs such as transportation.

    6. Fund, pilot, and evaluate co-enforcement strategies in sectors with high instances of violations.

    7. Consider enacting retaliation protections and stronger penalties for misclassifying employees.

There’s lots more, so click here to read the full report.

*** UPDATE *** Biz groups aren’t happy…

The business community recognizes that the workforce is its primary asset and taking care of workers in a new post-pandemic environment is a top priority. Talent attraction and retention are essential to success and competing in an ultra-competitive global economy, which is why business groups including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association are disappointed by the outcome of the Future of Work Task Force Report following a deeply flawed process that undermined efforts to have important conversations about improving work for future generations of Illinois residents.

Established in 2021 to assess the current realities of the state’s economy and labor market amid the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify future trends and practices to address the challenges business and workers face, the Task Force has a legal responsibility to operate within specific statutory guidelines allowing for transparency and public participation. However, since the Task Force began meeting last fall there have been numerous statutory violations, which have been brought to the attention of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which was supposed to provide administrative support, as well as Task Force Co-Chairs and members. These violations are particularly troublesome as this report will be sent to the General Assembly with the intent that recommendations will be implemented through potential legislation.

Many of the violations stemmed from a failure to meet specific requirements set forth by the authorizing legislation, including:

    · Failure to appoint all Task Force members until after the legal deadlines to do so.
    · Several meetings were held before all the required Task Force members were appointed.
    · The Task Force routinely failed to provide public notice of meetings by omitting meeting locations and times.

Additionally, the final report to be voted upon was provided to the full Task Force at 6:45 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. vote on the very same day. While the vote only required a majority of the quorum present it should be pointed out that only 17 of the 35 stakeholders voted to approve the report. Further, while DCEO was required to provide administrative support to the Task Force under the statute, two of the Task Force managers charged with planning meetings, developing meeting subject matter, and deciding who could participate were contract lobbyists. This includes one lobbyist who was paid by the Economic Security Project, raising potential conflicts of interest if the group also provided recommendations for the report. DCEO did not respond to questions about these arrangements.

Most of the report’s recommendations were never discussed and none were approved by the entire committee prior to the compiling of the report itself. Disappointingly, many of the recommendations in the report would harm Illinois’ chances to win on the key future growth industries outlined in the state’s 5-year economic development plan. Despite best efforts for meaningful participation, the business community did not get an opportunity for a full and fair hearing of recommendations because of the process and the conflicts of interest of the task force managers. Because of this, the report is not a legitimate starting point to discuss future legislation.

The pandemic has led to fundamental shifts in business operations for many industries, new ways businesses interact with their customers and clients, and, most importantly, how businesses engage, operate, and build their workforces. While the outcome of this Task Force process was profoundly disappointing, the future of work is a critically important conversation that will continue long past the release of this report and the business community remains deeply committed to improving the future of work for generations of Illinois residents and to working with policymakers on these critical issues.

…Adding… DCEO referred me to a letter it sent to the groups back in February. Click here to read it.


  1. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 10:49 am:

    A decline in middle wage jobs while union membership also declines?

    You don’t say.

    Either be able to afford Ken Griffin’s neighborhood or get back to the field, serf.

  2. - Dan Johnson - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 10:57 am:

    Maybe a good way to reduce transportation costs for workers is to require employers to offer pre-tax transit benefits (buy a monthly transit pass with the employees own money before FICA/payroll tax is taken out). Some cities do this and it helps grow transit ridership and saves employees some cash. Employers save a little too but do have to deal with the admin. Rep Mah had a bill to do this.

  3. - Red Ketcher - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 11:05 am:


  4. - Friendly Bob Adams - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 12:23 pm:

    The failings noted by the business groups are quite common, i.e., not getting appointments done timely, late notices for meetings requiring a vote, over-reliance on consultants, etc. This happens with lots of task forces established by the state. I’ve been on a couple of them.

  5. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 12:29 pm:

    === Illinois also continues to see gaps in postsecondary access and completion for Black, Latinx, low-income, and rural students. Bachelor’s degree attainment serves as a launch pad to higher-wage jobs, but equity gaps and the costs of accessing four-year colleges have grown prohibitive.

    Post-secondary includes tech degrees that are usually two years and pay as well if not better than four year degrees. The focus on four year degrees isn’t wise and doesn’t fit where a lot of the needed skills are.

  6. - Arsenal - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 1:59 pm:

    Business groups are unhappy that a task force came out with recommendations that would benefit workers? Knock me over with a feather.

  7. - Demoralized - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 2:23 pm:

    ==Create paid leave benefit programs==

    The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that does not mandate companies provide some sort of paid leave. It’s time for that to change.

  8. - Blue Dog - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 2:25 pm:

    The reason Illinois and union jobs in general are declining is because Illinois and nationally, people shopwith their pocketbook.

  9. - Thomas Paine - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 4:12 pm:

    @Blue Dog -

    Thanks for reminding me I have not watched JibJab’s “Big Box Mart” in 15 years, not much has changed except you could change the lyrics to “A to Z Mart”.

  10. - Joe Schmoe - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 5:42 pm:

    For a task force that is totally overweight with labor unions there appears to bescant participation of small businesses which make up a majority of this state’s workforce….,

  11. - Yooper in Diaspora - Tuesday, May 31, 22 @ 9:08 pm:

    Even though I like the ideas proposed in this particular task force report, I would like to know if there has been a state task force report that has NOT been drafted by consultants or lobbyists who initiated the legislation that got sent to a task force instead. I saw consultants who don’t themselves work in higher ed draft the Illinois strategic plan for higher ed, and substantive feedback was not accepted unless it aligned with what they had already set up as their structure and goals before conducting any surveys or “focus groups.” Is there a better model that really includes diverse stakeholders in the conceptualizing, drafting, and actual DEBATE about proposals?

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Isabel’s afternoon roundup
* Uber Partners With Cities To Expand Urban Transportation
* Yes on operations and capital spending, No on revenues to pay for it
* Giannoulias on House floor while bill goes down
* Some budget react
* Governor rebuffs Rep. Crespo’s worries of future fiscal cliff
* Coverage roundup: House sends $53.1 billion FY25 budget to the governor
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* Welch: 'No one's ever said the House is boring'
* House passes budget 65-45 - BIMP passes 62-46 - Grocery tax elimination sails 86-20 - Revenue omnibus put on postponed consideration - Motion to reconsider passes - But big problem and Dems will have to suspend the rules - Concurrence motion finally passes as GOP gives up
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...











Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller