Durbin Talks Workforce Challenges With Illinois Manufacturers’ Association

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with members of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) to discuss workforce challenges facing manufacturers across the country.  Illinois manufacturers employ more than 600,000 workers, but face tremendous difficulties finding skilled workers due in part to a skills gap between worker supply and industry demand and an aging workforce, which was exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic.

During the meeting, Durbin spoke about the need for a skilled workforce that has access to affordable housing, transportation, and child care, as well as the need formore workforce training opportunities.  He also discussed health care workforce shortages and the importance of hospitals hiring within their communities and providing job training and mentorship opportunities. 

“I appreciate the opportunity to hear firsthand about the concerns and priorities of Illinois manufacturers as we continue to strengthen our economy following the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Durbin. “Our manufacturing industry is resilient, but we must invest in the next generation of skilled workers and ensure that we are providing the needed support to our state’s manufacturing community and its workers.”

A photo of the meeting is available here.