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Q&A: Union leader says Workers Right Amendment is 'once in a generation' opportunity for voters

Labor Day Parade 2021
Emily Bollinger
Participants in the 2021 Bloomington Labor Day parade. The Workers Rights Amendment will be prominently featured in the 2022 parade, which begins Monday at 10 a.m.

On this special episode of WGLT's Sound Ideas, you'll learn all about the Workers Rights Amendment that will be on your ballot this fall.

The proposed amendment would guarantee Illinois workers the “fundamental right” to collectively bargain for agreements on wages, hours and working conditions. If passed, Illinois would be among just a handful of states that guarantee the right to collective bargaining. It comes as a new Gallup poll shows support for labor unions in the U.S. is at a 57-year high.

Bloomington-Normal Trades & Labor President Adam Heenan took a break from Labor Day parade planning to talk about union support for the Workers Rights Amendment. Heenan calls it a once-in-a-generation for Illinois voters to take control of their working conditions. Listen to the full interview above.

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Ryan Denham is the digital content director for WGLT.