Gov. Pritzker signs Collective Bargaining Freedom Act

Courtesy: J.B. Pritzker (Twitter)
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act, new legislation which he says will help working families.

Previously filed as SB1474​, the new state policy means "employers, employees, and their labor organizations are free" can negotiate for specific working rights.

The negotiations could include working salaries, working conditions, benefits, and other aspects of workers' compensation for organizations covered by the National Labor Relations Act.

Pritzker offered the following remarks in a news release:

"Thank you to Senator Ram Villivalam and Representative Yednock for your leadership on this bill. And thank you to the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who joined together to vote for this legislation.

Thank you to our hard-working labor leaders and members for their advocacy here. And I also want to acknowledge Mike Kleinik, our acting Director of the Department of Labor, who is working hard every day to make sure we live up to our obligation to working families.

This legislation makes it abundantly clear that we are turning the page here in Illinois. No longer will we be divided by false choices and misplaced blame. This is a time when we can and will take bipartisan action to lift up working families.

The collective bargaining Freedom Act ensures that Illinois and all of its communities will never be a Right to Work state."