Illinois Governor Bans Local ‘Right-to-Work’ Zones

Making good on his promise to put Springfield back on the side of working families, on April 12, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act (SB 1474), protecting the right of employers, employees, and their labor organizations to collectively bargain and ensuring that the State of Illinois complies with the National Labor Relations Act. The bill bars local governments from establishing right-to-work zones. It was passed with strong bipartisan support in the House and Senate and took effect immediately. Pritzker said, “‘Right-to-work’ has always meant, ‘right to work for less money,’ and it’s wrong for Illinois.” The National Right to Work Committee provides information on the right to work principles as well as a list of states that have passed right to work laws.