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Illinois Voters Back Collective Bargaining Right  

Illinois residents enshrined the right for workers to collectively bargain last month when they voted for an amendment to the state's constitution. So reports the Associated Press.

ballot 1294935 640 smallThe labor movement hailed the amendment for giving workers the ability to collectively leverage for better wages, hours and working conditions.

“Being able to protect everyone’s ability to step up and organize their workplace is a critical component to making sure everyone has access to some higher paying jobs and safer workplaces,” said Joe Bowen, spokesman for the Vote Yes for Workers’ Rights group. “Specifically, you’ve certainly seen a lot of abuses--Starbucks baristas or folks who might work at Amazon warehouses. But these historical examples have existed for generations and it’s really important that we do what we can to secure these rights for Illinoisans.”

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