While the recent jobs numbers have helped put a smile on some faces, not all states are joining in on the celebrations. Illinois has been left on the sidelines and their future looks pretty bleak. Over the next few months, the state of Illinois is set to lose nearly 1,500 jobs from a handful of companies. The revelation was made Friday when the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity posted information submitted by 14 companies.
The filing revealed that 1,482 workers would be laid off over the next few months. 1,020 of those jobs were from the suburbs. While the Trump administration has attempted to revitalize manufacturing in the United States, the layoffs were driven by manufacturing companies. State law requires many employers to provide employers with at least 60-days notice before laying off a third of their workforce.
The medical manufacturing firm, Medtronic, announced it would be closing its distribution center in Joliet. In return, as many as 185 people will lose their jobs. The company expects to have the facility closed by December. The company’s spokesman, Fernando Vivanco, confirmed that the company made employees aware of the impending closure in May of this year. The company intends to offer benefits and severance, as well as assistance finding job leads in the area. The facility originally opened in 1998.
That provides little relief for workers that have been with the firm for 30 years or more. The communications director for the Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board of Workers United, Carlos Ginard, admitted workers would have a difficult time finding a job with similar pay. “If you’ve been working at a place for 30 years it will be really hard to get a job that pays the same as this one.”
Ginard’s Union also represents roughly 110 workers that will soon be laid off at the Amcor Rigid Plastics plant in Batavia. Amcor has four other plants in and around Chicago with a total of 29 throughout the country. The plant is expected to close by April. Anthony Siriano, who represents the union members, admitted that Amcor jobs can pay as much as $16 to $31.18 per hour. Nearly 50 of the workers have held their position for more than 20 years.
Standard Refrigeration is yet another company that will be cutting union jobs. 102 union jobs are expected to be lost when the company closes their Wood Dale plant. The facility once manufactured tubular heat exchangers. Now, it is set to close by the end of September. These companies are not alone. PPG Industries, Newell Brands, and even the Westmoreland Nursing Center will be laying off workers.
- Newell will cut 134 jobs
- Standard Refrigeration 102 jobs
- Aramark 117 jobs
- Compak Medsystems 81 jobs
- Westmoreland Nursing Center 84 workers
- Amcor Rigid Plastics USA 110 jobs
- Medtronic 185 jobs
- Kane Warehousing 178 jobs
- Aclara SGS LLC 79 jobs
- Pacific Coast Feather Company 29 jobs
The full report is available online here.