Illinois legislators decided to head things off at the pass, signing into law the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act, which prohibits local governments from passing laws establishing right-to-work in their jurisdictions. This was a strategy used in other states when right-to-work failed to pass at the state level. The new law won’t have much practical impact on Illinois workforces, but is more of a signal of the progressive agenda of the new administration.
Senator Kamala Harris is not the first, and won’t be the last, Democrat presidential contender to rail against right-to-work laws and announce her intent to ban right-to-work if elected. As mentioned in this issues article on political spending in the 2020 campaign, Democrats will be courting the Big Labor vote heavily. Plan to hear this refrain frequently in the coming months.