Thursday, February 12, 2015

IL Gov.'s Order Ends Non-Member Union Dues; They Violate 1st Amend.,May Erode US Unions

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced an executive order this week barring unions from requiring non-union state workers to pay the equivalence of dues -- called "fair share" fees -- The New American website reports today (February 12, 2015).

Calling the compulsory fees a "critical cog in the corrupt bargain that is crushing taxpayers," Rauner also claimed those dues violate the U.S. Constitution. Gov. Rauner's order to forbid unions in Illinois from collecting dues from non-union state workers is expected to have a significant negative impact on the future of labor unions throughout the United States.

"Government union bargaining and government union political activity are inextricably linked," Rauner said.

He added: "As a result, an employee who is forced to pay unfair share dues is being forced to fund political activity with which they disagree. That is a clear violation of First Amendment rights and something that, as governor, I am duty-bound to correct."

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