Rauner eliminates ‘fair share’ union dues for state workers


Gov. Bruce Rauner has stepped up his campaign against government employee unions by eliminating so-called “fair share” dues paid by workers who don’t join a union.

The Republican said Tuesday he has signed an executive order erasing what he says is a “critical cog in the corrupt bargain crushing taxpayers.” He says forcing non-union employees to pay union dues requires them to fund political activity they don’t agree with.

He says he took action after a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year that found the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act violated the First Amendment by mandating involuntary union dues.

Rauner has called for ending political contributions by unions.

Rauner’s executive order has no effect on those who wish to remain in unions.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says his legal staff is reviewing the executive order issued by Gov. Rauner.

Rauner says 6,500 state employees are forced to pay “fair share” fees at an average of $577 a year for each worker.

Cullerton is a Chicago Democrat. He and others are skeptical about whether the Winnetka Republican has the legal ability to challenge the fee. Unions have fired back at the governor, saying they intend to work to have the order reversed.

Online: http://www.illinois.gov/Government/ExecOrders/


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