Oh, 29 states have laws preventing forced-collection of union dues from state workers. Rauner's move--which will certainly be challenged in court--will be the thirtieth.
From the Bloomington Pantagraph:
State workers represented by labor unions would no longer have to pay their "fair share" dues under the latest bombshell dropped by Illinois' new Republican governor.As my friends with Illinois Review write, the Harris v. Quinn US Supreme Court decision was studied by the governor's lawyers and likely helped establish what Rauner believes is the legal standing for his executive order.
In a move that surprised lawmakers and infuriated public-sector union officials, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order Monday absolving members of the state workforce under his control from having to contribute dues.
He said a legal review found current law unconstitutional because it requires nonunion workers to pay union dues that may help fund political campaigns they don't agree with.
"I believe its important that state government stop forcing state employees to pay union dues against their will," Rauner said.
The plantiff in Harris v. Quinn was Pam Harris, the tough mother who cares for her developmentally disabled son. Harris receives state money for her efforts--and the SEIU viewed people like her as walking ATMs whose pockets they could pick through union dues. But Harris beat the bosses. The defendant was Rauner's predecessor, Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn.