IEA members are urged to take action immediately to stop Governor Rauner’s attack on the rights of hard-working Illinoisans.

The Illinois House on Thursday is expected to vote on the proposal to create “empowerment” or “right to work” zones around the state.

The governor’s proposal is intended to weaken unions and allow employers to ignore prevailing wage laws and employee collective bargaining rights.

Watch a brief video that shows how the loss of bargaining rights devastated teachers and public education in Wisconsin.

Key points about “right to work”

  • “Right to work” has nothing to do with your right to work. It doesn’t guarantee anyone a job.
  • “Right to work” is intended to weaken unions and allow employers to ignore prevailing wage laws and employee collective bargaining rights.
  • “Right to work” will hurt Illinois’ economy (Download U of I “right to work” study)

That’s why the proposal is widely known as “right to work (for less).”

Take action

The Illinois House is scheduled to vote on Thursday, May 14, on the governor’s “right to work” bill.  Tell your state representative to VOTE NO on “right to work”

To call your representative

It takes just a moment to call your representative on the “Defeat Right to Work Hotline”

  1. Call: 888-412-6570
  2. Listen to the message, then punch in your zip code
  3. Once connected, tell your representative to VOTE NO on the “right to work” bill

Here’s an example of what you might say:

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Hello, my name is (____) and I live in your district. I am calling today to urge you to vote no on Gov. Rauner’s “right to work” proposal. 

“Right to work” will lower wages and hurt the Illinois economy. It will make it harder for people like me to make ends meet. 

Please vote no on the governor’s “right to work” proposal. 

Thank you.

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To email your representative

It is easy to tell your state representative to VOTE NO on “right to work”

Email Your Representative

  1. Go to IEA’s “contact your legislator” page
  2. Fill in your information
  3. Send the email that has been drafted for IEA members to use, or write your own letter.

After you have contacted your state representative, go to IEA’s Facebook page and tell your fellow IEA members what you did and urge them to do the same. Be sure to “like” the page.

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