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.
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.
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership manages public and private funds to implement workforce solutions for businesses and job seekers.
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).
A partnership of the area’s community, business, government and education leaders working to establish Chicagoland as a global leader in high-performance manufacturing.
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.
Over $100 billion in mega public and private construction projects will break ground in Chicago over the next 15 years.
HIRE360 is a unique partnership between developers, general contractors, the hospitality industry and trade unions with the common goal to ensure the coming work is done equitably and inclusively. Our work is built upon four pillars: preparing workready adults, scaling up diverse contractors, elevating a more robust supply chain and developing the next generation of builders. Grounded by these four pillars, HIRE360 is building an industry that is as diverse as it is resilient.
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.
Represents the third largest union membership state in the country; provides a voice to Illinois’ union members and working families.
Its mission is to support and maintain a climate that enables a strong economy for its customers -taxpayers, businesses, workers and communities – by keeping, attracting and growing businesses, maintaining a skilled workforce, and enhancing communities so that the climate is one in which businesses, small and large, and workers, can succeed to the greatest extent possible.
Link for information regarding unemployment insurance, job placement and referrals, labor market information and employment and training.
The State of Illinois’ comprehensive site for information connecting individuals to health, child care, housing and other human services.
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.
Resource site for Illinois’ job seekers and businesses; provides connections to jobs, training providers, education, and human services.
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.
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.
Openlands works across the Chicago metropolitan region to advance nature-based solutions to climate change, improve the health and well-being of communities, and create a more verdant region for all. Openlands started an Arborist Registered Apprenticeship program in 2021 and has partnered with the CFL Initiative to identify resources and provide wraparound services to apprentices to support them as they complete the program.
The UNITE HERE! Chicago Hospitality Institute is a partnership between UNITE HERE! Local 1 labor union and hotels and food service employers in the Chicago area. Their Chef de Partie apprenticeship program upskills workers in culinary arts and hospitality to strengthen the Chicago area’s tourism and hospitality industry by increasing the skills of its workforce.
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.
Women Employed is working to ensure that all women are paid fairly, have access to opportunities, and are free from discrimination.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce & Community Initiative works to strengthen the income, health, and training of working people to create a pathway to the middle class and support stronger communities in the Chicagoland region.