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by Ellyn Fortino
4:26pm
Wed Oct 1

Report: U.S. Temp Work At Record High, More Protections Needed For Workers

The U.S. economy currently has a record number of "temporary help jobs," but many of them fall short in terms of safety and pay for workers, according to a new report on the growth of the staffing industry by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) and the National Staffing Workers Alliance (NSWA).

“The shift towards temp work is creating an economy in which working people who move and produce products for some of our nation’s largest and most profitable corporations are treated like any other input, to be acquired at the cheapest cost,” said the report's co-author Rebecca Smith, NELP's deputy director. “Staffing agencies not only fail to provide livable wages, benefits or job security for their workers, but their influence in an industry can lower standards for all workers in that industry.” Read more »

Quick Hit
by Aaron Cynic
4:00pm
Tue Sep 30

Nuns On The Bus Rally With Quinn To Promote Voter Participation

A group of traveling Catholic nuns passed through Chicago's Union Park in West Town last week to pass along a key message — get out and vote.

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, led the the “We the People, We the Voters” tour, which is traveling to 36 cities as part of its voter registration effort. The nuns, who have done similar bus tours in 2012 and 2013, say voting is the best way Americans can create social change and counter big money in politics.

“The way we make our voice heard, the way we make sure good policy for the 100 percent (is) made is by voting,” Campbell said. “We the people need to stand up, vote and be engaged.” Read more »

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:15pm
Mon Sep 22

Worker Advocates Fearful Of Rauner's 'Anti-Labor' Agenda

Critics of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's stance on labor issues say his proposed policies would spell bad news for Illinois workers, retirees and unions.