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  • 2021

    Juneteenth 2021

    Observed annually on June 19thJuneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. This day commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. On Wednesday, June 16th Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation making Juneteenth an official state holiday. This holiday will be known as National Freedom Day and the law will take effect on January 1, 2022. To learn more about Juneteenth and how you can celebrate around the state check out:  

    During this time, we look back and celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made not only to our history and culture but also our workforce. It is important to recognize the contributions and influence African Americans have had in different industries in the past and present. Discover what careers are available with the Illinois workNet Careers, Wages & Trends Search! This tool allows you to use career and labor market information to: 

    • Plan for high school and beyond.​​​  
    • Complete job applications and prepare for interviews.​​​  
    • Find out about the expected number of job openings and how much a job could pay.  
    • Make a job change, relocate, or request a pay raise.  

    Be sure to follow our event calendar for upcoming events and social media pages to learn more:  

  • 2021

    National Safety Month 2021

    National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. Observed annually in June, the National Safety Council provides downloadable resources highlighting different safety topics such as:  
    • Week 1: Prevent Incidents Before They Start 
    • Week 2: Address Ongoing COVID-19 Safety Concerns 
    • Week 3: It’s Vital to Feel Safe on the Job 
    • Week 4: Advance Your Safety Journey 
    Below is a list of resources Illinois workNet has that can help workers avoid injuries regardless of where they are:

    National Safety Month – The National Safety Council provides several resources for you to help raise awareness about safety during the month of June. Read this Illinois workNet article on how you and others can remain safe and engaged.

    Be Safe in Your New Job – When starting a new job, it's important to be aware and cautious of equipment you have not previously used. From operating workplace equipment to preparation and clean-up of your workspace, this article covers important safety precautions to keep in mind when on the job.

    Stay Safe and Productive at Work – Following your company's safety guidelines is the best way to avoid getting hurt on the job.  This article covers safety tips for the workplace so that you and your team can be safe while working on construction projects.

    Technical Skills – Read up on the different skills required in the industry and how you can keep your skills and performance up to date.

    Do You Need a Work Permit? – For younger members of the workforce, this article provides information on what jobs require work permits, rules for youths in the workplace, and how to apply for the work permit you will need.

    Why Personal Health and Safety Matter – From avoiding injuries and illness to staying in shape and managing stress, read up on why it's important to maintain good health. 

    For more information, go to the National Safety Council's page on National Safety Month to gather safety materials and learn how to spread the word to your coworkers, families, and communities.

    If you have any questions about National Safety Month, visit the National Safety Council's contact page here. 

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