It’s official – The Workers’ Rights Amendment is headed to the ballot in Illinois!
On Wednesday, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to approve the Workers’ Rights Amendment. Following the Senate’s approval last week, this means voters will see the Workers’ Rights Amendment on the General Election ballot in 2022.
The Workers’ Rights Amendment will amend Illinois’ constitution to add protections for workers’ rights to organize and collectively bargain and prohibit any laws or ordinances that would interfere with or limit those rights.
Illinois is a state that values its workers, and the Workers’ Rights Amendment will ensure that we protect that commitment into the future. Workers will know that their interests will be protected for years to come, no matter which political party holds power.
We are stronger as a state when workers are free to organize and collectively bargain. Compared to neighboring states that have passed so-called “right to work” laws, Illinois workers earn more money, are more likely to have health insurance, enjoy safer workplaces, and have more access to training. As a result, Illinois workers are more educated and more efficient, which enhances our businesses’ competitiveness at a national level.
The Workers’ Rights Amendment will be a win for our workers. It will be a win for our businesses. It will be a win for Illinois.