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What is Amendment 1, an Illinois constitutional amendment on the ballot next November?
Illinois Policy Institute experts warn the amendment could bring unlimited union leader power, future tax hikes and more
CHICAGO (Nov. 8, 2021) – In one year, on Nov. 8, 2022, Illinois voters will determine the fate of Amendment 1, a ballot measure that would enshrine collective bargaining rights in the Illinois Constitution and allow government union contracts to override any other state law.
Billed as a ban on “right-to-work” laws, Illinois Policy Institute analysis finds this amendment goes further and would give government union leaders more power than state lawmakers or even voters have.
“Amendment 1 would lead to the most extreme government union leader power in the nation, as 28 state constitutions don’t even mention labor issues,” Mailee Smith, director of labor policy for the nonpartisan Illinois Policy Institute, said. “There would be no limit on what government unions could demand and no limit on what state and local governments could give away. Because of this, new costs are bound to appear for taxpayers, piling onto the fiscal challenges the state faces.”