SPRINGFIELD, IL â€“ In the ongoing fight to protect working families from overreaching anti-employee initiatives, State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) sent a letter to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to inquire about the constitutionality of right-to-work zones.
Across the country, right-to-work laws have crippled unionsâ€™ ability to protect workersâ€™ rights. Studies of other states concluded that right-to-work laws drive down wages and benefits and do not improve a stateâ€™s business climate or create jobs.
Governor Bruce Rauner wants to experiment with their anti-worker policies at the state level.
â€œRight-to-work zones are the opening shot to roll back the protections we take for granted,â€ Forby said. â€œI want to know if the Governorâ€™s proposal is constitutional because it doesnâ€™t seem legal.â€
Workers living in right-to-work states earn about $1,500 less per year than workers in states without these laws.
â€œOur economy is finally getting back on its feet,â€ Forby said. â€œRight-to-work zones mean a pay cut to the middle class, which goes against what the people in Illinois voted for last November.â€