Filling Factory Jobs through Temporary Staffing Agencies the New Normal

“(Manufacturers) want to try before they buy,” said Tommy Peters, director of business operations at Symbol Training Institute, a school based in Skokie that trains machinists and quality control technicians. Outsourcing to staffing agencies hides declines in manufacturing pay because staffing workers’ wages are not counted as part of the industry, according to a report released Friday by the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy group.