Gov. Rauner announces 'right to work' zones

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
(FILE) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

DECATUR, Ill. (WLS) -- Governor Bruce Rauner says one of his priorities for his first year in office will be creating so-called "right to work" zones.

"Communities that want unions can choose that," he said. "Communities that don't want that and they want to compete they can choose that. I believe in local voters being able to decide these issues."

Rauner told students at a Decatur college that the zones would increase jobs.

A spokesperson for AFSCME says, "What the governor unveiled today is just a new name for an old failed policy. Without a strong voice at work, workers have lower wages, less access to healthcare, greater inequality, and fewer protections on the job."