February 10th, 2015
Moving beyond rhetoric, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday issued
an executive order that aims at absolving state workers who don’t want
to join a union from paying fees that support collective bargaining.
new governor’s decree effectively attempts to impose right-to-work
rules on public employees, an idea Rauner and his pro-business allies
also are pursuing for private-sector unions.
Anticipating a strong
pushback from organized labor, Rauner filed a pre-emptive federal
lawsuit in Chicago seeking to have his decision declared legal. But the
move likely will spark additional court battles as unions quickly
decried the effort as an illegal abuse of power. It’s also possible
Democratic lawmakers could vote to overturn Rauner’s executive order.