Illinois Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) recently voted against a bill aimed at protecting state workers from having
their social security numbers automatically shared with union reps.
Hoffman was one of 15 members of the House Labor and Commerce Committee voting against the bill on Feb. 23.
According to the Illinois Policy Institute, currently state workers represented by government-worker unions have
little control over their personal information, which union officials can now
demand access to even if workers have not officially signed on to be represented
by the union.
Bill 660 stood to change all that, before failing to get enough votes to pass out
of committee. The bill would have officially made it illegal for the state to
pass along information about workers, including their social security numbers, as
part of any collective bargaining agreement.
Supporters of the bill had
argued that, given the sensitive nature of such personal information as social
security numbers, union reps should only be able to acquire them directly from the
individuals they are seeking to represent.
bargaining agreements, such as the one between the state and SEIU, are now
interspersed with literature obligating the state to provide the union with the social security
numbers of the personal assistants and childcare providers it represents, according to the Illinois Policy Institute.
Hoffman in casting "no" votes were Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora), Barbara Flynn
Currie (D-Chicago), John C. D’Amico (D-Chicago), Frances A. Hurley (D-Chicago),
Thaddeus Jones (D-Calumet City), Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-Aurora), Theresa Mah
Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan), Anna Moeller (D-Elgin),
Silvana Tabares (D-Chicago), Lawrence Walsh, Jr. (D-Joliet), Emanuel Chris
Welch (D-Westchester) and Ann M. Williams (D-Chicago).