A Study of Illinois’ Majority Interest Petition Provision 2003-2009

Source: Robert Bruno, School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois, 2009

In the spring of 2009 the School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) at the University of Illinois conducted a study of the state’s nearly six-year old mandated majority authorization process for organizing employees in the public sector. The project was inspired by the national debate surrounding the proposed federal Employee Free Choice Act. Corporate allegations that the national law will allow employees to be coerced into signing “card’ or “petitions” motivated LER to conduct an objective assessment of how Illinois’ law is working. The results of the study unambiguously revealed that the majority sign-up provision was used extensively without hint of union or employer abuse.

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