“I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. There’s just not a lot of jobs you can go to.

“But we’ve grown a sustainable business.

“If we close shop, the people in this community won’t have a place to go. Really the only jobs available are part-time for minimum wage …

“People need to know about workers’ comp. It’s something that keeps me up at night when it comes to the future of this business. Because ultimately those costs get passed through to the consumer and the worker. The worker in terms of decreased money available to pay them. To the consumer it’s an increase in prices in the private sector, or in the public sector it’s increased taxes.

“Bringing the [worker’s comp] costs down would give us predictability. Right now you’re forced to be in a holding pattern. For our field staff we’re paying about $20 per $100 of payroll in workers’ comp alone.

“On this issue it’s almost like people think it’s kind of cool to stick it to the man.

“There’s no man. It’s us.”

Deavay Tyler
A&D Property Services
Chicago, Illinois