A progressive think tank says the governor’s idea of so-called “right-to-work” zones needs a new name.
The group Innovation Illinois, which counts labor unions among its donors, say it’d be more accurate to call it “right to work for less.”
Michelle Saddler, the group’s executive director, says data from U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows “right-to-work” laws don’t just affect union wages. “Non-union wages in Illinois are higher than in all right-to-work states but one,” Saddler said. Virginia is the exception.
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The Illinois House debated the governor’s right-to-work idea Thursday. No Republican lawmakers appeared to support Innovation Illinois’ findings, but State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) says that doesn’t mean the governor’s party is behind him on this proposal.
“There’s a lot of pressure on them right now, so kind of leave them alone, and let them work out what they need to,” Koehler said.