What is the Workers’ Rights Amendment?

The Workers’ Rights Amendment is an initiative that will be on the ballot for the November 8, 2022 midterm election in Illinois.  If approved, it will amend the Illinois constitution to protect the bargaining rights of unions.

It “provides that 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.” (NBC Chicago)

Collective bargaining strengthens the economy, helps working class families get ahead, and reduces socioeconomic inequality.

The majority of Americans support workers’ ability to unionize and collectively bargain.

Please watch and share this IEA video from President Kathy Griffin.

To join the effort, please visit the WRA support page.

NUEA Building Rep Training a Success

On Monday, October 17, NUEA Building Representatives met at the Naperville Municipal Building for an all-day training. While there, reps heard from executive board members, the District 203 HR team, the president of Assured Partners (our D203 insurance broker), John Kohlhepp (IEA government/legislative relations), local politicians, and Julie Resh-Jelliff (our IEA UniServ Director.)

Guest speakers included U.S. Representative Bill Foster, IL Representative Janet Yang Rohr, and Justice Mary Kay O’Brien (below). Reps also completed postcards for IL Senator Laura Ellman.

US Representative Bill Foster, IL Representative Janet Yang Rohr, and Justice Mary Kay O’Brien address NUEA building representatives on October 17, 2022.
Ross Berkley leads the NUEA in a building rep training on October 17, 2022.

You may find more information about the campaigns for Bill Foster, Janet Yang Rohr, Mary Kay O’Brien, and Laura Ellman on their websites. A complete list of IEA-recommended candidates may be found at ieavotes.com.