Legislature Bans Local “Right to Work” Zones. GOP Governor Vetoes It.

By Sahid Fawaz

Another day, another Republican attack on the working class.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday vetoed a bill that would prevent local governments from setting up their own ‘right-to-work’ zones.

Democrats sent Rauner the bill to try to combat an ongoing legal battle that the governor hopes will make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The measure he rejected asserts that only the General Assembly can make laws creating right-to-work policies, in which people can work for a company in union-protected positions without having to join the union or pay union fees.

Democrats’ bill followed an effort mounted by the Lake County village of Lincolnshire, which in 2015 approved a right-to-work ordinance that was later struck down by a federal district court. The court ruled that only states have the power to enact laws prohibiting mandatory union participation.

That ruling is now being appealed. But supporters of the Lincolnshire ordinance, including Rauner, are hoping to draw on a contradictory ruling in Kentucky to inspire the Supreme Court to take up the issue.

Rauner has long advocated for local communities to have the ability to enact right-to-work measures if they choose to do so.”

For the rest of the story, check out the Chicago Tribune article here.

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