Unions Sue Over Right-to-Work Ordinance

Four labor unions are suing over an ordinance meant to bar private employers from requiring workers to join unions or pay dues.

📅   Wed February 24, 2016 - Midwest Edition


The lawsuit against Lincolnshire and key village officials was filed Feb. 18 in federal court in Chicago by unions representing engineers, construction workers and carpenters.
The lawsuit against Lincolnshire and key village officials was filed Feb. 18 in federal court in Chicago by unions representing engineers, construction workers and carpenters.

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (AP) - Four labor unions are suing a Chicago suburb over an ordinance meant to bar private employers from requiring workers to join unions or pay dues.

The lawsuit against Lincolnshire and key village officials was filed Feb. 18 in federal court in Chicago by unions representing engineers, construction workers and carpenters, including three affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/21c7vpw ) reports the unions are seeking to have the ordinance declared invalid and block its enforcement.

The right-to-work measure was adopted in December. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 spokesman Ed Maher said village officials had a “blatant disregard” for federal law and that the village doesn't have the authority to pass such an ordinance.

Lincolnshire Mayor Elizabeth Brandt said Monday that the village hadn't yet received the complaint.