Willis Backs Bill to Protect Working Men and Women from Anti-Union Agendas

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Working men and women who are members of a union would have greater protections from anti-union agendas under legislation being backed by state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison.

“Over the past two and a half years, our state has seen major attempts to strip away the rights of union members,” said Willis. “This piece of legislation would help to protect the men and women who make up organized labor and will help to support the middle-class overall.”

Senate Bill 1905 would protect against local governments enacting “right to work” ordinances within their limits. “Right to work” is a term used to describe laws that seek to weaken unions, typically trade unions that represent men and women who build roads and maintain infrastructure. Because of the protections of trade unions, the men and women who work in construction have good paying jobs and are able to support their families and be members of the middle-class. “Right to work” laws are typically supported by major business interests who would be able to expand their profits if given the ability to pay their employees a greatly-reduced salary.

“Illinois should be a state where you can have a job that puts calluses on your hands and be a member of the middle-class too,” said Willis. “We need to send a message that we support men and women in the building trades and think they should be able to own a house and put their kids through school.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.