Illinois Bans Right to Work
The Democratic Governor signed the ban after it was vetoed by his Republican predecessor
In a complete 180, the new Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker has signed a bill into law that would make local Right to Work laws illegal in the state. The new law, which takes effect immediately, was passed with overwhelming support from the State Senate and the State Assembly. It had been previously blocked by the Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.
The change comes after four years of anti-union policies coming out of the Governor’s mansion. Rauner was not only a major proponent of local Right to Work, but he was also a catalyst for encouraging Mark Janus to sue his union, AFSCME so that he would not have to pay fair share fees.
The need for the ban came after Lincolnshire, a northern suburb of Chicago, passed a local Right to Work law in 2015. The law created a legal gray area for Lincolnshire employees since Illinois is a free bargaining state. The new law also brings state law into line with lower court rulings that have affirmed the states right to determine whether local employees should pay agency fees.
"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."
UCOMM previously reported on a similar law being passed in New Mexico. Since we published this story, New Mexico’s Governor Lujan Grisham signed into law.