WASHINGTON - As one of the shrinking number of states that do not implement right to work laws, Illinois' work policy would be overruled if the National Right-to-Work Act become federal law. The Act, introduced earlier this year in Congress, surpassed the 100 co-sponsors threshold earlier this month without the help of any member of Illinois delegation.
The National Right-to-Work Act amends the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to repeal those provisions that permit employers to require employees to join a union as a condition of employment. H.R. 946 was introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and its companion bill S.R. 240 by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). The one page bill would end Big Labor’s federally-authorized power to force workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.
Illinois' public policy is heavily dominated by unions that pour the vast majority of their political contributions into Democrat candidates' coffers. Democrats control Illinois governorship, both chambers in the Illinois General Assembly and the state's courts.
GovTrack.us places the federal legislation's chances at 9% to pass congressional committee and 2% to be enacted into law.