“Right to work” workarounds at the local level just got defeated by the new Illinois Democratic governor.
“Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a bill that bars local governments from establishing so-called right-to-work zones, another rebuke to his Republican predecessor, who blocked similar legislation as he battled with Democratic lawmakers over his pro-business, union-weakening agenda.
The new law, which was passed with strong bipartisan support in the House and Senate and takes effect immediately, ‘makes it abundantly clear that we have turned the page here in Illinois,’ the Democratic governor said during a bill-signing event at the Capitol, where he was joined by legislators and labor leaders.
Former Gov. Bruce Rauner was a major proponent of laws prohibiting employers and labor organizations from signing contracts that require workers to join unions or pay dues. In 2017, Rauner vetoed a previous version of the bill banning local governments from creating such laws, and the House fell one vote short of overriding him. This time, the measure passed the House on a 101-8 vote and was approved unanimously in the Senate.
‘From the start, right-to-work was an idea cooked up to lower wages, slash benefits and hurt our working families,’ Pritzker said. ‘Right-to-work has always meant, right to work for less money, and it’s wrong for Illinois.’
State lawmakers moved to ban local right-to-work laws after north suburban Lincolnshire passed one in 2015. The ordinance was overturned by a federal court, which ruled that federal law prohibits such local rules, but the village has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pritzker said the new state law codifies rulings by lower federal courts.”
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