DECATUR, Ill. – Workers will be better protected under a new law backed by state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, in response to the outbreak of disruptive anti-worker tactics during labor protests and rallies across the country.

“Workers’ fundamental right to organize and fight for better conditions should not be infringed upon by those who seek to hold back the hard-fought victories won by labor over the years,” said Scherer. “Bad faith obstructors and anti-labor agents who seek to stop the picket must face consequences for their poorly conceived actions.”

Scherer sponsored House Bill 3396, which set forth penalties for those who interfere with labor demonstrations. The new law went into effect on Jan.1 and introduced a $500 penalty for those who obstruct the public way or disrupt any picket or demonstration.

“So many industry reforms, pay increases, extra vacation days and other forms of compensation that employees receive began as part of a union’s demands,” said Scherer. “The progress of our state’s workers, across all industries, is dependent on ensuring that they always have the right to demand their fair share. And I will never stop fighting for those rights.”

Rep. Sue SchererRep. Sue Scherer

96th District

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