SAG-AFTRA Members in Illinois:
Many of you may recall that in 2015-2016 attempts were made to create so-called Right-to-Work “zones” around the state of Illinois. Fortunately, activists and unions around the state mobilized to fight these measures and none were successful. Anticipating a new round of such attempts, legislation was introduced earlier this year which would prohibit Right-to-Work zones in Illinois. Both houses of the legislature passed the bill (SB1905), then Governor Rauner vetoed it.
On Tuesday, Oct. 24 the senate overwhelmingly voted (42 Yes, 13 No) to override the governor's veto. On Wednesday, Oct. 25 the house—needing 71 votes to override—fell one vote short (70 Yes, 42 No, 1 Present). Four state representatives had promised to support the override, then broke their word: Andersson, Hays, Long and McCombie.
There is one more chance—and only one. Another motion to override will be filed when the house returns to session on Tuesday, Nov 7.
During the next several days, we need you to reach out to 12 key representatives (listed below) who did not support the override and encourage them to do so. Some of you live and, therefore, vote in their districts. All forms of contact are encouraged: phone, email, letters and office visits.
Remember, wages and salaries are significantly lower in any city, county or state where Right-to-Work laws exist.
Please contact your state representative! If they supported the override, thank them. If they didn't, encourage them to support the working men and women in their district—and remind them that you are one.
If you have any questions, please contact the SAG-AFTRA Chicago office at (312) 573-8081.
Charles Andrew Gardner, SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local President
Eric Chaudron, SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local Executive Director
- When SB 1905 passed the House in June, Tony McCombie (Quad Cities) and Jerry Long (Ottawa-LaSalle Peru) voted “Yes” on the bill in June but then voted “No” on the override motion.
- Terri Bryant (Carbondale) and John Cabello (Rockford) voted “No” in June but then voted “Yes” on the override.
- Steve Andersson, Mike Fortner, David Harris and Bill Mitchell are not running for re-election to their house seats.
Steven Andersson, 65th District
127 S. 1st Street
Geneva, IL 60134
Terri Bryant, 115th District
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
John Cabello, 68th District
1941 Harlem Road
Loves Park, IL 61111
C.D. Davidsmeyer, 100th District
325 W. State Street, Suite 102
P.O. Box 160
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Mike Fortner, 49th District
135 Fremont St.
West Chicago, IL 60185
Chad Hays, 104th District
7 E. Fairchild Street
Danville, IL 61832
Jerry Long, 76th District
201 Danny's Drive
Streator, IL 61364
Michael McAuliffe, 20th Districtd
5515 N. East River Roa
Chicago, IL 60656
Tony McCombie, 71st District
9317B IL Rt 84
Savanna, IL 61074
Bill Mitchell, 101st District
5130 Hickory Point Frontage Road
Decatur, IL 62526
Robert Pritchard, 70th District
2600 DeKalb Avenue
Sycamore, IL 60178
Dave Severin, 117th District
1301 Enterprise Way
Marion, IL 62959
SAG-AFTRA is a union that has among its members a diverse group of performers, broadcasters and newscasters. The passage of this resolution/statement should not be interpreted as a personal statement of opinion by or of any specific member of the union.