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Public Sector Labor Relations: Illinois

Public Sector Labor Relations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Rozlyn Fulgoni-Britton and Susan W. Kline, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • Illinois public sector employees and their organizing and bargaining rights are covered by the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. See Public Sector Employees.
  • Under some circumstances, Illinois public employers must recognize a union even if an election has not been held. See Union Recognition and the Illinois Card Check Law.
  • The Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB), comprised of the State Panel and Local Panel, enforces the Public Labor Relations Act. See The Illinois Labor Relations Board.
  • The ILRB has authority to investigate unfair labor practices and conduct hearings. See Unfair Labor Practices.
  • Some public sector employees have the right to strike if certain conditions are met. See Right to Strike.