Partner Overview

Because we work with union and non-union employers, we have a unique position within the workforce development community. Together, our goal is to ensure that we have skilled workers matched with the right employers to fuel the local economy.

Community Partners

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership manages public and private funds to implement workforce solutions for businesses and job seekers.

Arlington Heights One Stop Career Center

Offers Northwest Illinois job-seekers and employers a broad range of employment, training, education, economic development, and labor market services.

AFL-CIO Working For America Institute

The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) national workforce intermediary organization that assists unions, employers, workforce intermediary partnerships, the workforce system, and community organizations by advocating for and providing employment and training related services that help to create, expand and retain high quality jobs.

Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative

A collaboration of community, workforce, environmental, and education agencies created to develop a skilled workforce for Chicago’s emerging “green” economy.

Jobs to Move America

Jobs to Move America is a national project dedicated to ensuring that the billions of public dollars spent on public transit systems create better results for our communities: good jobs, cleaner equipment and more opportunity for low income people.

Jobs For The Future

Jobs for the Future works to ensure that all lower-income young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy.

Women Employed

Women Employed is working to ensure that all women are paid fairly, have access to opportunities, and are free from discrimination.

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO)

As a joint labor-management organization, CISCO focuses on cooperative efforts to reduce problems and conflicts and enhance the competitiveness of union construction. Through its activities, CISCO build trust between the parties and will foster the joint commitment of local contractors and union labor to high-quality, on-time, within budget delivery on all projects.

Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council

A partnership of the area’s community, business, government and education leaders working to establish Chicagoland as a global leader in high-performance manufacturing.

Vocational Rehabilitative Impact Center

An 18-week detention program offered to non-violent criminal offenders, based on military discipline, fundamental vocational skills, education, and alcohol/substance abuse treatment.

Calumet Area Industrial Commission

A Chicago workforce development organization that partners with private manufacturing companies to train and hire new workers into good paying jobs. Working in conjunction with the CFL Workforce & Community Initiative, CAIC is on the leading edge of efforts to bring together community stakeholders, educational leaders and private manufacturers under the federal America’s Promise grant.

Chicago Federation of Labor

The central labor organization for more than 300 Chicago area unions and 500,000 Chicagoland union members affiliated with the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

Illinois AFL-CIO

Represents the third largest union membership state in the country; provides a voice to Illinois’ union members and working families.

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

Link for information regarding unemployment insurance, job placement and referrals, labor market information and employment and training.

Illinois Department of Human Services

The State of Illinois’ comprehensive site for information connecting individuals to health, child care, housing and other human services.

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)

Experienced staff based at eleven office locations throughout Illinois provide hands-on technical assistance and consulting services to help manufacturers innovate, contain manufacturing costs, streamline processes, and increase profits.

Illinois WorkNet

Resource site for Illinois’ job seekers and businesses; provides connections to jobs, training providers, education, and human services.

Chicago Teachers Union Foundation

The Chicago Teachers Union Foundation supports public education through grant-making to community organizations, professional development for teachers, and our charitable donations. The Foundation’s mission is to “the advancement, enhancement, and support of  public education.” 

IBEW Renewable Energy Fund

The IBEW Renewable Energy Fund, Inc is an Illinois not-for-profit educational organization whose mission is to ensure there is an educated and qualified workforce trained and ready to meet the installation demand of solar energy and other renewable energy systems.

Access United /  United Way

United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide.  They are focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health.


LaVezzi Precision, Inc.

LaVezzi is an extremely high-precision, complex medical components machined manufacturing giant. While continuing to grow and expand, LaVezzi uses the CFL Workforce & Community Initiative to screen and fill their position with prepared and qualified candidates while also utilizing the On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program for new hires.

Merit Screw Machine Products

Based in Broadview, Ill., it offers a range of products, such as electrical connectors, hydraulics, locks, oilrigs, medical and archery products. The firm caters to various industries, which include aerospace, automotive, fluid control, musical instruments, recreational equipment and recreational vehicles, to name a few. Currently, Merit Screw taking advantage of new hire training with On-The-Job (OJT) Program.

Graphic Packaging

Graphic Packaging is a retail packaging company for leading national food brands that focuses on environmentally friendly manufacturing. It’s partnership with the CFL Workforce & Community Initiative has opened more than a dozen new employment opportunities, enabling greater access to training and good paying jobs.

Manor Tool Manufacturing

Manor Tool and Manufacturing is a metal stamping company specializing in punching, bending, forming and deep draw stampings. Through the Incumbent Worker Training Program, six engineers completed Auto CAD 2010 training. The company’s six department managers are participating in long-term programs to improve performance management training.


SG360 is a leading commercial printer and direct-mail marketing company that employs over 300 in Broadview and Wheeling. In conjunction with the CFL Workforce & Community Initiative, the company has hired four new employees via On the Job Training grants since summer.

Ralph H. Simpson Company

One of the oldest metal fabricators in the United States, The Ralph H. Simpson Company is known for providing the highest-quality metal fabrication and installation. Ralph H. Simpson is currently participating in the On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program and also will be participating in the CFL Workforce & Community Initiative sponsored apprenticeship program.

and many more!