Illinois Bans Local “Right-to-Work” Ordinances

April 17, 2019
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Inside HR
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Employee & Labor Relations

Illinois Governor Pritzker recently signed the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act (SB 1474) protecting the right of employers, employees, and their labor organizations to collectively bargain and to ensure that the State of Illinois complies with the National Labor Relations Act.

In 2015, the Village of Lincolnshire passed a “right-to-work” ordinance that has since been struck down by the U.S. District Court in January 2017 and U.S. Appeals Court in September 2018, respectively.

Under the new bipartisan legislation, the authority to enact legislation affecting union security agreements vests exclusively at the state level through the General Assembly, and any local legislation, rule, ordinance, or otherwise that restricts or prohibits the use of union security agreements between an employer and a labor organization is a violation of the Act and is void.

Source: CCH/Wolters Kluwer