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Gov. Rauner Bans Illinois Public Unions From Mandating Dues

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By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 12:32 PM

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has used his executive authority to bar unions from forcing state government workers to pay mandatory dues, The New York Times reports.

His quick action comes after his State of the State address, where he raised eyebrows among statehouse Democrats and earned plaudits from the Chicago Tribune editorial board for his effort to rein in power in a state struggling economically.

Rauner's order does not apply to private sector unions, the Times said. It will impact about 6,500 state workers who are now forced to pay union dues, even if they don't want to join the union. His actions come as other Midwest states, like Michigan and Indiana, embrace right-to-work laws decried as union-busting by labor forces.

Said Roberta Lynch, executive director of the AFscme Council 31, to the Times: "Bruce Rauner's scheme to strip the rights of state workers and weaken their unions by executive order is a blatantly illegal abuse of power. Perhaps as a private equity C.E.O., Rauner was accustomed to ignoring legal and ethical standards, but Illinois is still a democracy and its laws have meaning."

Lynch added: "It is crystal clear by this action that the governor's supposed concern for balancing the state budget is a paper-thin excuse that can't hide his real agenda: silencing working people and their unions who stand up for the middle class."

Rauner, the state's first Republican governor elected in more than a dozen years, is seeking right-to-work zones for local counties or municipalities as one way to fix the state's economic crisis, WGN-TV said.

He suggested such changes would attract industry and with it, new jobs, while opponents argue that it will lower wages.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has used his executive authority to bar unions from forcing state government workers to pay mandatory dues, The New York Times reports.
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