(a) Employees shall have the fundamental right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing for the purpose of negotiating wages, hours, and working conditions, and to protect their economic welfare and safety at work. No law shall be passed that interferes with, negates, or diminishes the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively over their wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment and work place safety, including any law or ordinance that prohibits the execution or application of agreements between employers and labor organizations that represent employees requiring membership in an organization as a condition of employment. (b) The provisions of this Section are controlling over those of Section 6 of Article VII.
ABOUT THE AMENDMENT
Build an economy that works for everyone
The Workers’ Rights Amendment helps us build an economy that works for every Illinoisan. It helps families by guaranteeing workers’ rights to join together to negotiate for pay raises, lifting worker pay to help deal with rising costs, and helping create good-paying jobs available to all workers.
Protects All Illinoisans
The Workers’ Rights Amendment protects all Illinoisans, on the job and off. It ensures workers can speak out about dangerous situations that put all Illinoisans at risk without fear of retaliation from their employer.
Strengthen our communities
The Workers’ Rights Amendment strengthens our communities by protecting first responders like nurses, firefighters, and EMTs, giving the people who put their lives on the line to protect us the training and safety equipment they need to get home safely each day.