Governor Pritzker Signs Collective Bargaining Freedom Act

Illinois Capitol News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA)– Governor J.B. Pritzker said he is making sure right to work practices have no place in Illinois.

Pritzker joined senators today to make sure workers and the unions that represent them had the right to bargain collectively.

Pritzker signed the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act into law Friday. The bill was a bipartisan effort to ban local right-to-work zones. 

Governor Rauner vetoed a similar bill back in 2017. The Village of Lincolnshire passed a right-to-work ordinance that was later struck down by federal courts. 

The governor says signing the bill realigns the state with labor relations act policies. He slammed right to work as a practice that hurts working class families.

“We have turned the page here in Illinois. From the start, right-to-work was an idea cooked up to lower wages, slash benefits, and hurt our working families. Right-to-work has always meant right to work for less money and it’s wrong for Illinois,” said Pritzker.

Lawmakers failed to override Rauner’s veto of the ban by one vote. This bill, however, passed unopposed in the Senate and only eight voted against it in the House. Pritzker said this bills aligns Illinois with National Labor Relations policies.

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