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Gov. Bruce Rauner eliminates 'fair share' union dues for state workers

Governor Bruce Rauner speaks to members of the Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce and the public about his plan for reform in Illinois at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center on Sunday, February 8th. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
Governor Bruce Rauner speaks to members of the Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce and the public about his plan for reform in Illinois at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center on Sunday, February 8th. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media

SPRINGFIELD – 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.

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