Independent Voters of Illinois Supports Passage of 
New Organized Labor Law

The State Board of the Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI) unanimously voted at its March meeting to support passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2021, which would strengthen the laws for the right to organize a union and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

The Pro Act is one of the most significant bills for the labor movement in decades: It would remove obstacles to workers forming unions without employer interference, and would effectively end the anti-union “right to work” laws that are currently in effect in various states. 

The PRO Act passed the House with bipartisan support. But it may face a harder road in the Senate, where a virtually certain Republican filibuster could block its passage. The bill currently has 45 co-sponsors.

State Chair Josef Michael Carr stated that "IVI joins with the Illinois AFL-CIO and Chicago Federation of Labor in seeking passage of this important labor law legislation, and other improvements in the conditions of employment at either the state or local level, such as an increase in the minimum wage."

Individual unions across Illinois are also chiming in, urging their members to lobby lawmakers.

“The right to form a union without the threat of company intimidation or interference is denied to workers today,” International Association of Machinists (IAM) President Robert Martinez said. “This bold legislation modernizes federal laws and establishes a process for mediation and arbitration to help the parties achieve a first contract. It protects workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages and better benefits.”

Press Release March 26, 2021
Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI)
Josef Michael Carr, State Chair
Charles Paidock, Chair, National Affairs Committee 
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