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ALEC Weighs in on The Illinois’ Workers’ Right Amendment: The Center Square

This amendment does not expressly use the phrase “right-to-work,” but it addresses it by banning future laws that prohibit employers from making union membership or union dues a “condition of employment.”

ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Director, Gretchen Baldau, weighed in on Amendment One in Illinois in The Center Square.

Opponents of the measure point out that private-sector workers would be required to fund added benefits for government union employees.

Government workers in Illinois enjoy some of the strongest labor rights in the nation.

Passage of this amendment would give unions even more power. They are certainly very powerful in Illinois and Amendment One would give them an extra leg up. This amendment does not expressly use the phrase “right-to-work,” but it addresses it by banning future laws that prohibit employers from making union membership or union dues a “condition of employment.”

By allowing companies to make union membership a job requisite, the amendment would potentially force workers to fund a union they may not support. States with this policy tend to be more prosperous and have faster wage growth than non-right-to-work states.

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