Rauner vetoes bill preventing local right-to-work in Illinois
Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 1905 on Sept. 29 in an effort to bring business back to Illinois by providing Illinois workers a choice regarding joining a union, according to a press release.
“Illinois lags behind its neighbors’ economic and job growth despite our many advantages,” Rauner said in the press release. “Our State’s workforce is fleeing and aging, losing 250,000 people and having the worst personal income growth in the country over the last decade. Individuals, families, and businesses who should be eager to come to Illinois stay away.”
Illinois recently missed out on a Toyota and Mazda auto assembly plant, reportedly because it lacks a right-to-work law. The Toyota-Mazda plant would have created 4,000 jobs in Illinois.
“Manufacturers too often leave across our borders or never even consider investing in new job creation here,” Rauner said in the press release. “Many businesses will only expand in communities that offer employee freedom of choice.
“By contrast, Senate Bill 1905 would move Illinois in the opposite direction by destroying the freedom of Illinois’ local communities to choose reforms that can make their economies more competitive, help their businesses grow, and give the freedom to individual workers to support a union at their own discretion."