9/28 MEDIA ADVISORY
MEDIA ADVISORY - For September 28th, 2017
Media Contact: Joanna Arellano, Raise the Floor Alliance
RESPONSIBLE JOB CREATION ACT HISTORIC WIN FOR ILLINOIS TEMP WORKERS
HB690 becomes law after months of pushing for safer working conditions in the temp industry
What: Press conference – Nearly 850,000+ temp workers employed in Illinois factories, hotels, and warehouses have endured miserable working conditions such as onerous fees charged by temp agencies, “perma-temping,” no safety training, race and gender discrimination, and many more injustices. Despite the political climate that favors the interests of corporations over workers’ lives, Rep. Ammons, Senator Martinez, and allies were triumphant in moving HB690 into law for safer and dignified working conditions in a largely unregulated industry.
Who: State Representative Carol Ammons, (D-103); State Senator Iris Martinez, (D-20);Jason Keller, Illinois AFL-CIO; Sophia Zaman, Raise the Floor; temp worker leaders with Chicago Workers’ Collaborative and Warehouse Workers for Justice
When: Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 2:00PM CT
Where: Thompson Center - 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 - 15th floor in the Blue Room (Please account for additional time to get through security)
Background: The Responsible Job Creation Act (HB 690), sponsored by Representative Ammons, is precedent-setting legislation tailored to address abuses in “temped-out” workplaces. First introduced on January 25th, 2017, Rep. Ammons and temp workers have worked side-by-side vigorously for months to bring the hazardous working conditions in the temp industry to the forefront of public conversation.
The Responsible Job Creation Act (HB690) passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support, was signed by the Governor on September 22nd, and goes into effect January 1, 2018. This legislation will fill critical enforcement loopholes that corporations exploit at Illinois’ expense, provide better protection for temp workers from abuse, put an end to the use of “perma-temping,” and ensure the return of good jobs and healthy economic growth to Illinois.
More specifically, staffing agencies are now required to report demographic information about the workers they hire; are prohibited from charging workers for background checks, drug tests, and credit checks; must notify temp workers about the types of equipment, protective clothing and training required to perform the job as a means to reduce unfair injuries on the job; ensures that the staffing agency provide transportation back from a job site if transportation was provided to the job site; and are required to endeavor to place their temporary workers into permanent positions if such positions become open.
Available for interviews: Representative Carol Ammons, worker leaders with CWC and WWJ.
Chicago Workers’ Collaborative, Illinois AFL-CIO, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative, Raise the Floor Alliance, Warehouse Workers for Justice
AFSCME Council 31, ARISE Chicago, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Grassroots Collaborative, Illinois Jobs With Justice, National Organization for Women - Illinois, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Latino Policy Forum, Latino Union of Chicago, National Employment Law Project, Pilsen Alliance, Progress Center for Independent Living, Rainbow Push Coalition, Restaurant Opportunities Center–Chicago, SEIU HCII, SEIU Local 73, United African Organization, United Electrical Workers (UE), UFCW Local 881, Women Employed, Workers Center for Racial Justice