CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Bruce Rauner made a brief but historic appearance before the Chicago City Council on Wednesday, offering to cooperate with the mayor and aldermen to help address the city’s financial needs, but he said there must be compromise from City Hall.
Minutes before Rauner became the first sitting governor in memory to address the City Council, aldermen unanimously passed a resolution rejecting his call to create so-called “right-to-work zones,” which would allow workers to choose if they want to join unions, or pay dues in jobs organized by labor unions.
The idea has been met with an ice cold reception in Chicago, as all 50 aldermen and the mayor are Democrats with strong union ties. The General Assembly also is firmly controlled by Democrats, who rely heavily on union support during election season.
“When we talk about creating a right to work, what we are really creating is a right for the employer to hire; to hire at a lesser wage, to hire at lesser benefits, to hire people who will take the jobs away that we have secured through collective bargaining,” Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th), the mayor’s floor leader, said before the governor addressed the council.