By Representative Carol Ammons
All of us are feeling it. We see it happening every day. While representing constituents in Illinois’ 103rd district, I watch the tragedy of an entire state losing good, blue collar jobs on a constant basis.
In the case of Illinois, we’re not just losing jobs to competition overseas or across state lines. Our state is hemorrhaging so much crucial economic activity because companies are overusing and abusing a permanent “temporary” workforce.
Many of us know them as “temps.”
Somewhere along the way, we let good, full-time jobs go bad and go away. Jobs that built our middle class with stability, living wages, health care and retirement benefits.
It’s tragic because Illinois is one of the most vital and influential distribution hubs in the country. Perhaps, even, in the world. We enjoy a rich, vibrant and intersecting network of highways and railways keeping us at the center of the production and movement of goods. These products are at the heart of major American business operations like Walmart and Amazon.
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