Union bosses in Illinois are using Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order from Monday to recruit new members into their ranks.
Rauner’s order stopped the collection of “fair share” union dues collection, money taken from the more than 6,500 state workers who have opted to not join a union to pay for union business and activities. Rauner believes such forced due payment is unconstitutional in line with the Supreme Courts Harris Vs. Quinn ruling that held that former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn could not force home healthcare providers, like parents taking care of their special needs children, to join the SEIU and pay them dues because they happen to be paid Medicaid money via the state.
AFSCME local 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch is using Gov. Rauner’s order to push more people to join state unions.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said they encourage every union-represented employee to become a full dues-paying member.
“It is gratifying to know that two of our state’s constitutional officers are clearly committed to upholding the Constitution,” she said. “That they include both a Democrat and a Republican shows that preserving the integrity of our democracy isn’t a partisan or political issue.
“No elected official has the right to place themselves above the law,” Ms. Lynch said.