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Illinois Right to Work Zones and Their Impact

Illinois has been navigating the idea of whether local communities should be able to choose whether to create their own right-to-work zones.  There has recently been the inquiry of jurisdictions and cases where employers and unions are prohibited from entering into agreements that require workers to either join a union or pay related fees.  As of late, these ideas have been pushed for in Illinois. Weakening the middle class and the weakening of labor unions is also a concern for those that fall into that category.

Right to work zones are said to be better for business.  Nearby state Indiana may be getting more jobs and the corporations there are appearing to be becoming richer.  The Senate Bill 1905 would have added protection for workers in Illinois by stopping cities from creating right-to-work zones.  Law in Illinois is superseded by the National Labor Relations Act. The federal law is clear: the states have the right to enact or reject right to work laws — municipalities don’t.

It is believed that Illinois will be better positioned to be competitive nationally and globally and create an opportunity for all the people of our state. Through freedom to decide how reforms make its economy stronger, will help business grow. The ability to empower workers by choosing a union at their discretion is also important, as unions have a place in our society and serve the middle class.  After all, it is unions that set pay standards and help to maintain the safety, as well as, working conditions of employees.

In the jurisdictional battle, the Illinois House failed to override union-backed legislation to prevent local governments from establishing right to work zones.  Attempts at putting legislation in place by north suburban Lincolnshire to establish a right-to-work ordinance, which was later struck down by a federal court ruling that only states have the power to enact such laws.  The village has appealed the federal court of ruling with the goal of reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.  Blocks were also put in place by pushing for state legislation.  While those measures failed, it is yet to be seen how this is further played out and whether or not it will be a victory for people and job growth or not. All is calm in Springfield for now after a year that brought more political drama and division.

Statistically speaking, it is felt that the right-to-work laws do appear to make a difference is in poverty. This figure is based on the fact that only three out of twenty states are right to work with the highest individual, family, and household incomes. On the other hand, the eighteen that have enacted right to work laws have the lowest incomes.  It is also noteworthy that such states also rank poorly in educational funding and health status. For such reasons, a conclusion can be drawn in saying that corporations are the primary beneficiaries of right-to-work laws. 

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