Workers’ Rights discussed at Citizens Club

On Friday, the Citizens Club of Springfield hosted a discussion with Q&A on a workers’ rights amendment to the Illinois Constitution.

Joe Bowen, Communications Director for the WRA, spoke in favor of passing the amendment. Todd Maisch, President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, opposes this amendment and says, if it passes, it will make Illinois a less attractive place to do business.

Section 25. Workers’ Rights

(a) Employees shall have the fundamental right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing for the purpose of negotiating wages, hours, and working conditions, and to protect their economic welfare and safety at work. No law shall be passed that interferes with, negates, or diminishes the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively over their wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment and work place safety, including any law or ordinance that prohibits the execution or application of agreements between employers and labor organizations that represent employees requiring membership in an organization as a condition of employment. (b) The provisions of this Section are controlling over those of Section 6 of Article VII.

Voters will decide on the amendment as part of next month’s election. If approved, it would go into effect in early December when the election results are certified.

Friday’s Citizens Club event was held at the Hoogland Center for the Performing Arts.

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September 23, 2022 at 06:30PM

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