052214 js 0399SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) championed legislation to protect working families in Illinois.

Cullerton voted in support of Senate Bill 1905, which allows all Illinois workers the freedom to bargain collectively and prohibits local government entities from enacting harmful “right-to-work” laws.

“Illinois businesses will only thrive if we treat workers with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Cullerton said. “Governor Rauner’s harmful boardroom tactics benefit his friends at the expense of Illinois residents. Rauner’s extreme anti-worker agenda has no place in Illinois.”

Cullerton’s measure, Senate Bill 1905, protects all Illinois working men and women by preventing local government entities from enacting harmful “right-to-work” laws advocated for by the governor and his extreme supporters.

Right-to-work laws hinder individuals from participating in collective negotiations for fair wages, safe workplaces and competitive benefits. These types of policies are usually advocated for by business groups to protect company profits at the expense of workers.

“Illinois workers deserve to have a collective voice in policies that are going to impact their lives and communities,” Cullerton said. “This new law will guarantee the citizens of Illinois are not brushed aside by billionaires and large corporations that are more concerned about profits than people.”

Right-to-work policies not only negatively impact worker’s rights but also, endanger public safety protections for state buildings and roads.

Senate Bill 1905 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now moves to the House for consideration.