Now that Indiana is a right to work state, what does it mean for Illinois? It’s no surprise that when asked about Indiana taking the non-union route, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a champion of unions, dubbed the legislation and now law “the right to work for less” bill. “That’s a bad bill for the incomes of hard working people,” Quinn said.
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The governor went on to tout what a strong union state like Illinois has done; retained and attracted some of the top automotive and industrial machine manufactures in the nation. He referenced Navistar moving out of Indiana in 2010 and relocating its research facility in the land of Lincoln. “We’re very proud of Navistar which is organized by the United Auto Works, one of the greatest unions ever organized in America,” Quinn said as he continued to name other UAW shops here like Ford, Caterpillar, Chrysler and John Deer among others. Quinn says the whole point of unions like the UAW are to look out for the interests of the workers in making sure wages are fair and health care covered. “That’s what it’s all about, so trying to drive things down to the bottom, I think Indiana is on the wrong track,” Quinn said. “They’re gonna find that the incomes of their people will not rise to where they should be because they’re not believing in the power of people organizing for their common good.” Indiana is the first state in a decade to enact a right-to-work law which prohibits labor contracts that require workers to pay dues for union representation.