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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Illinois labor unions ask judge to stop change to dues rules

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Illinois labor unions ask judge to stop change to dues rules

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois labor unions are asking a judge to invalidate Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order ending a requirement that state workers pay union dues even if they don’t want to join a union. Twenty-seven unions filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Republican governor. They say the order he issued last month violates collective […]

Illinois labor unions ask judge to stop change to dues rules

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois labor unions are asking a judge to invalidate Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order ending a requirement that state workers pay union dues even if they don’t want to join a union.

Twenty-seven unions filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Republican governor. They say the order he issued last month violates collective bargaining agreements and state law.

Rauner’s order would eliminate so-called “fair share” dues. He also filed a federal lawsuit asking the dues be declared unconstitutional.

Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan says Rauner’s “political obsession” with stripping state workers’ rights “demeans their service, hurts the middle class and is blatantly illegal.”

A message seeking comment was left for Rauner’s spokesman.

Labor unions filed their lawsuit in district court in St. Clair County.

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