Creating Good Jobs
Our economy is recovering from the Great Recession, but there is still considerable work to be done. Too many Americans can’t find jobs or are working part-time or for lower pay than before the economic crisis. Too many Americans who are working have seen their hours shortened or their benefits cut back. Too many feel that their part of the American Dream – to provide for their families with a solid paycheck, own a home, send their kids to college, retire with dignity – is slipping away. I will not accept that as the new status quo, the “new normal”, and I have proposed ideas on how to create good jobs and get the economy moving again.
Creating good jobs will help improve our entire economy in many ways. What the economy needs is more confident consumers -- workers with steady incomes are more likely to buy goods in local stores, go out to eat a meal or even go on a vacation – and that creates more jobs. In addition, putting people back to work will bring down the deficit, as more workers are paying taxes and fewer families are dependent on unemployment insurance and food stamps.
It is also critical that when we create jobs we also support the workers who fill them. I am a strong supporter of unions and the labor movement and the right to collectively bargain.
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EVANSTON, IL - CongresswomanJan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) will host a hiring event at Oakton Community College on Tuesday, May 28 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Doors open 30 minutes early for veterans at 9:30am.
More than 70 local employers with current openings at all experience levels will be on-site to meet with job seekers. A full list of participating employers is available on our Eventbrite page.
Chicago, IL –Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, today joined Representatives Dan Lipinksi and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, as well as Amtrak employees and labor leaders, at Union Station today in Chicago to call on Amtrak leadership and the Trump Administration to prioritize our nation’s rail infrastructure.
Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), Rep. Brad Schneider, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi joined leaders and members of public service unions including AFSCME, SEIU, AFGE, the Fire Fighters, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Education Association and others for a round table discussion and press conference on the repercussions of the anti-worker, anti-union Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, and the importance of the labor movement’s role in lifting up all working people.
“This is a sad day for public employees and all of us who rely on them to provide us with the services we need, from keeping our air and water clean to teaching our children to protecting public health. Janus started with Governor Rauner but it was quickly embraced by all those whose mission is to take away the freedoms of working women and men. Janus is about making it more difficult for state and local workers to join together in unions, to bargain collectively for fair wages and benefits, to promote safe workplaces, to blow the whistle on fraud and abuse, and to stand