Evanston unions celebrate Illinois ‘Workers Rights Amendment'

Evanston union workers are celebrating as Illinois voters passed an amendment to the state constitution that would protect the right to collective ...

November 21, 2022
9:58 AM

Evanston union workers are celebrating as Illinois voters passed an amendment to the state constitution that would protect the right to collective bargaining, which allows workers to negotiate with their employers through chosen representatives. Amendment 1 passed with 58.4% of the vote. Coined the 'Workers' Rights Amendment,' it did not receive three-fifths support from those voting on the measure, but still passed because a simple majority of all votes cast affirmed the question. While collective bargaining rights for most private sector workers are already protected by federal law, the amendment will allow all Illinois workers to negotiate wages, hours and working conditions.

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