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Thu Apr 23, 2015, 06:05 PM

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov’s Anti-Worker “Turnaround Agenda” [View all]


During a city council meeting this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a resolution to oppose Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed “Right-to-Work” zones, which would enable municipalities to enact hyper-ideological anti-union legislation on a local level. The move would be part of the governor’s so-called “Turnaround Agenda,” a series of reforms which includes prevailing wage repeal that the conservative is trumpeting in public appearances. The constitutionality of local “Right-to-Work” has been called into question.

Chicago is a city that revolves around labor, much of which is union-affiliated. And Mayor Emanuel has no patience for Rauner’s antics:

“I want to be very clear: as long as I’m mayor, Chicago will not be a right-to-work city. It’s a wrong-headed set of economic policies in the wrong direction. We’ve set out a different direction. Our goal is to build up the middle class — not to pull a rug from underneath them. Our competition is not Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky wages.”

Mayor Emanuel went on to explain that Chicago is a world-class city which has led the nation in corporate relocation two years running. He argued that the city’s highly skilled workforce is a major factor in this, and that “Right-to-Work” would lower workplace standards citywide. As he said during his news conference:

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