Governor strikes down ‘right-to-work’ exploitation
June 7, 2019

Gov. JB Pritzker on April 12 signed the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act (SB 1474), protecting the right of employers, employees, and their labor organizations to collectively bargain and ensuring that the State of Illinois complies with the National Labor Relations Act. 

In 2015, the Village of Lincolnshire passed a so-called “right-to-work” ordinance that was struck down by the U.S. District Court in January 2017 and U.S. Appeals Court in September 2018. Right-to-work is a union busting tactic that allows employees to work in unionized workplaces without joining the union or paying union dues. In response to this Lincolnshire right-to-work ordinance, the bipartisan Collective Bargaining Freedom Act passed in the State House with a vote of 101-8, and the State Senate concurred with a vote of 51-0.

“The Collective Bargaining Freedom Act ensures that Illinois and all of its communities will never be a right-to-work state,” Pritzker said. “From the start, right-to-work was an idea cooked up by radical forces to lower wages, slash benefits, and hurt our working families. Right-to-work has always meant right to work for less money and there is just no place for that in Illinois.

“This is a state where workers have the right to come together and negotiate a better deal,” he continued. “This is a state that listens when workers raise their voice for fair wages, good benefits, and safe working conditions. This is a state where working families can thrive.”

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