State workers who are part of the union can stop paying their dues if they want. Governor Rauner issued an Executive Order Monday, eliminating “fair share” dues for workers who don’t like certain union activities and positions. Rauner is basing the decision on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling which says it’s unconstitutional to force certain state workers to pay involuntary fees. The move impacts about 65-hundred workers in Illinois. Those who want to keep paying can do so without penalty.
State Senator Kyle McCarter visited the WGEL studios Tuesday and said he applauds the move:
Union leaders are outraged over the Executive Order. The Illinois Federation of Teachers says it’s an abuse of power and a “brazen attack” on middle class families. AFSCME leaders call the move “blatantly illegal” and say it’s a way to silence working people. Union reps have vowed to stand together to overturn the Executive Order.