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1994 Mike Bruton, Don Turner and Elena Marcheschi establish CFL Workers Assistance Committee with a $120,000 budget to help dislocated workers under the Federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). The City of Chicago pledges JTPA support to dislocated union members; initial programs include job placement and training.

1998 Under Marcheschi's leadership, begins work with the Mayor's Office of Employment and Training; increases funding and the number of workers served each year and introduces comprehensive services to help ensure that workers are successful.

1999 Places 157 workers in jobs following the closing of Frango Mints.

2000 Receives a $750,000 U.S. Department of Labor grant to work with Chicago's Center for Labor and Community Research on a report: "Creating a Manufacturing Career Path System in Cook County."

2001–2003 Brach's announces January 2001 closing; CFL Workers Assistance Committee partners with Teamsters Local 738, Employment and Employer Services and the City of Chicago's WorkNet system to serve 285 dislocated workers during a three year period.

2003 Annual operating budget reaches $750,000; staff increases to eight. Archibald Candy closes its Chicago factory, displacing 900 workers. In partnership with Teamsters Locals 705 and 781, IUOE Local 399, SEIU Local 1 and workNet system, CFL Workers Assistance Committee provides services to dislocated workers.

2005 Adds services for seniors with the Senior Service Employment Program through a grant from Senior Service America, Inc.

2005–2006 Annual operating budget doubles to $1.5 million; staff increases to 14; revises mission statement; launches two year operating plan resulting in improved fiscal, IT and client tracking systems.

2007 Opens suburban Cook County office in Westchester with its Manufacturing Skills Source to serve the needs of suburban manufacturing companies; develops three year plan.

2008 Develops the Manufacturing Bridge Program to assist laid-off manufacturing workers successfully re-enter the manufacturing field.

2009–2010 Partners with SEIU Health Care Illinois-Indiana to develop Health Care Career Bridge Program for workers affected by the Michael Reese Hospital closing. Launches transitional jobs program for laid-off workers. Distributes more than $1.2 million in training grants to area employers and training centers.

2013-16 Granted by Illinois Department of Public Health to serve as In Person Counselors providing health insurance marketplace enrollment assistance to Illinois consumers under the Affordable Care Act.