WHEREAS, Many employees who work for State universities, State schools, and Illinois school districts are laid off each summer and during school vacations, and thus are able to work only seven to ten months per year; and
WHEREAS, Many of these employees are hired on twelve-month appointments, but are laid off each year after as little as seven to eight months; and
WHEREAS, Many of these employees were hired before 1983, when summer unemployment insurance was available; and
WHEREAS, The 1983 changes in federal law that prevented states from providing summer unemployment insurance no longer apply as the federal government, in 1991, returned to the states the option of providing summer unemployment insurance for educational employees, and Illinois has yet to reinstate summer unemployment insurance for these employees, in non-professional academic positions, such as maintenance and dietary; and
WHEREAS, Many of these employees earn as little as ten or eleven thousand dollars annually, leaving them desperately in need of summer work to support themselves and their families; and
WHEREAS, A wide variety of summer work is usually available at our State universities, State schools, and school districts, often including work identical or similar to the work these individuals perform during the school year, such as kitchen, cleaning, and maintenance functions; and
WHEREAS, Many of the laid off employees are readily and qualified for the summer work available at the universities, schools, and school districts; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EIGHTY-EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we urge State universities, State schools, and Illinois school districts to offer any summer work that they have available to qualified, laid off employees before they offer it to others; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Auditor General shall undertake a study of summer unemployment at the State universities and its impact, specifically ascertaining the number and type of university employees who are laid off each summer, determining the number and type of summer jobs available at the universities and reviewing the costs that were associated with providing summer unemployment insurance for university employees before the change in law occurred in 1983; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Auditor General.
Adopted by the House of Representatives on May 26, 1994.