General Assembly Fails To Override Governor’s Veto On Right To Work Legislation
Gov. Bruce Rauner won a small victory as the Illinois House failed to override his veto of legislation banning local governments from setting up "right-to-work'' zones.
Des Plaines Democratic Rep. Martin Moylan's legislation stated that only the state government has the authority to set rules regarding union membership. The legislation passed both the state House and Senate but Rauner vetoed the measure.
The vote Wednesday was 70-42, one vote short of a veto override.
A worker in a "right-to-work'' jurisdiction may hold a union job with labor-union protections but not have to join the bargaining unit or pay dues.
Making Illinois a statewide zone was part of Republican Rauner's agenda when he took office in 2015, but the proposal did not pass the general assembly. The Chicago suburb of Lincolnshire established a local "rightto-work" at the governor's urging, but a federal court invalidated it in January. The judge ruled only a state can establish such a zone.