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Cook County commissioner, Chicago mayor oppose Rauner's plan for 'right to work' zones

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CHICAGO — Chicago and Cook County officials are opposing Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to let local governments and voters decide whether workers should be required to join a union.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey said Monday they'll introduce measures opposing Rauner's plan for so-called "right to work zones."

In a statement, Fritchey and Emanuel say the zones would weaken labor unions and result in lower wages.

The Republican governor has been promoting the idea as a way to help local governments compete for new businesses. A Rauner spokeswoman says some parts of Chicago and Cook County have "outrageously high unemployment" and establishing the zones would make them more attractive to job creators.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has said the zones would violate state and federal law.

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