Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today signed an executive order intended to eliminate “fair share” for about 6,500 State of Illinois employees. It appears the governor’s intention is to eliminate the requirement that these unionized employees pay dues to their union.
Whether the governor’s action is legal is far from clear, but he has hired high-profile attorney Dan Webb to handle this case.
Webb is working “pro bono.”
According to the Chicago Tribune:
Rauner said a legal team headed by former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb and colleagues at the law firm of Winston & Strawn will handle a case in which the state will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the governor’s position, a move known as a declarative judgment. Unions also could try to go to court to block Rauner’s move and state lawmakers have the power to overturn executive orders if they can muster the voters.
IEA President Cinda Klicka said that, while the governor’s action does not affect any IEA members at this time, the attack on “fair share” is extremely serious and will be monitored very carefully.
“This attack is clearly intended to weaken the unions that fight for the middle class and for the students who attend our schools. We can’t let that happen.”