TIM DREA: Workers’ Rights Amendment puts workers first


This November, workers are first on the ballot in Illinois, and we need to have their back.

The Workers’ Rights Amendment will update our state constitution to guarantee the right to join together with your coworkers to organize and bargain collectively for pay raises, better benefits, and improved workplace safety, helping us build an economy in Illinois that works for everyone, and put an end to pay cuts that are only designed to make rich CEOs richer.

As families across Illinois and the entire country struggle with the rising cost of everything, there has never been a more critical time to enshrine these crucial rights. The Workers’ Rights Amendment puts more money in the pockets of working families by guaranteeing workers’ rights to join together to negotiate for pay raises, lifting worker pay to help deal with rising costs.

That’s not just good for workers, it’s good for our state, our economy, and our communities. When we all do better, our state is stronger, and putting more money in the pockets of working people will help stimulate our local economies and revitalize small businesses that have struggled to draw in customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Voting yes for workers’ rights will also help create great jobs for Illinoisans without college degrees, increasing the number of good-paying jobs for workers who are too often left out. Helping these folks find better economic opportunities will ensure that families across the state can count on making an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work.

While the economic benefits of the Workers’ Rights Amendment are incredible, voting yes for the Workers’ Rights Amendment will help us make our neighborhoods safer by giving emergency responders like firefighters, nurses and paramedics the training, equipment and support they need when they risk their lives to keep us safe.

The nurses on the frontlines of this pandemic know firsthand how important it is to have safe staffing levels and access to the best personal protective equipment, keeping the focus on patient care instead of profit margins, and the firefighters, paramedics, and police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us deserve to know they’ll have the training and safety equipment they need to get home safely.

On Nov. 8, we have the opportunity to vote for ourselves and other workers first. The Workers’ Rights Amendment will be first on your ballot, putting workers and their families first, not politicians.

Vote Yes for the Workers’ Rights Amendment this November.

Tim Drea is president of the Illinois AFL-CIO

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September 2, 2022 at 03:40PM

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