A legal analysis on so-called right-to-work zones isn't swaying Gov. Bruce Rauner's support of the idea. The attorney general said laws banning collective bargaining agreements requiring workers to belong to unions representing them have to be implemented statewide, not decided by cities and counties as Rauner is advocating. Despite that analysis, Rauner maintains his idea is legal.


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If we, as a state, specifically pass legislation to authorize and allow local governments to decide, then they can decide, and they can decide whether businesses in their community have to be closed shop and force unionization on their employees or whether they can be flexible, Rauner said.

The attorney general's analysis says Rauner's proposal violates federal law, which she says allows only statewide right-to-work. Rauner says he's not in favor of a statewide law.

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