Perhaps the most consequential item on the November midterm ballot is Amendment 1, misleadingly being promoted by the unions as Vote Yes for Workers’ Rights.
Amendment 1 purports to establish a “fundamental right to organize and to bargain collectively…”. This right is already governed by the National Labor Relations Act, a federal law that trumps any state law.
The real intent of the amendment is revealed by its explicit prohibition of a right-to-work law. Unions would certainly like to require all workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Public employees were afforded some protection against such union coercion by the Supreme Court in Janus v. Afscme but private employees would have no such protection.
The Janus decision forbade mandatory collection of union dues from public employees as an unconstitutional infringement of the employees’ First Amendment right of free speech. Compulsory union membership forced employees to pay for political contributions to left-wing politicians and causes that they would not otherwise support.
Similarly, right-to-work laws prevent unions from imposing compulsory membership on unwilling employees as a condition of employment. They do not prevent collective bargaining with employers by willing union members.
The Illinois Policy Institute and the Liberty Justice Center maintain that the plain language of the text contradicts the National Labor Relations Act and thus violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. They plan to ask the Illinois Supreme Court to hear the case.
If you don’t mind seeing your job move to one of the more enlightened states bordering us or being forced to belong to a union, by all means vote for this union power-grab.
If you would prefer not to be forced to pay dues to a union as a condition of employment, vote no on Amendment 1.
via Carroll County Mirror-Democrat – opinion,opinion/ https://ift.tt/ex9OTGL
October 12, 2022 at 10:04AM