Election 2022 Illinois Union Amendment

Pro-union protesters march around the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, Wis., March 26, 2011. With U.S. union ranks swelling as everyone from coffee shop baristas to warehouse workers seeks to organize, Illinois voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to guarantee the right to bargain collectively.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois voters have approved an amendment to their state constitution guaranteeing the right to bargain collectively.

The measure in last week’s election was closely watched in Illinois and beyond as a gauge of public support for the labor movement, which has lost ground for years in conservative-led states. Unions groups say it could signal a new chapter in the struggle over workers’ rights as U.S. union ranks have grown as everyone from coffee shop baristas to warehouse workers seeks to organize.

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