Rauner signs executive order eliminating "fair share" dues for state employees

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SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order that eliminates the need for state employees who choose not to join a union to pay "fair share" dues.

This new executive order will not affect any state workers who wish to remain in unions.  According to Rauner, this action was taken due to a U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that found the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act violated the First Amendment by requiring state workers to pay union dues, even if they didn't join a union.

Rauner also says that the mandatory payments could require non-union state workers to fund political activities that they don't agree with.  Rauner adds that he's calling for the end of political contributions by unions.
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