Senator VillanuevaSPRINGFIELD – To uphold the rights of working people, State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) voted in favor of a Constitutional amendment that would ban “Right to Work” legislation in Illinois.

“Right to Work laws serve to dismantle the labor movement and don’t offer working families better wages or conditions,” Villanueva said. “As a former union steward, I proudly support this amendment.”

The amendment would provide that no law passed may prohibit the ability of workers to collectively bargain over wages, hours, terms and conditions of work. The measure would effectively ban “Right to Work” laws in Illinois, which prohibit union security agreements in which an employer and a labor union agree on the extent to which employees are compelled to join the union and pay union dues.

Non-members in a collective bargaining unit still receive the benefits of collective bargaining agreements, including the higher wages and benefits that unions earn through the bargaining process. “Right to Work” laws effectively serve to increase the non-member proportion of the labor force, reducing the bargaining power of the collective.

Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 11 passed the Illinois Senate and awaits consideration in the Illinois House.