Circuit judge tosses Rauner order on union dues

BELLEVILLE (AP) – A St. Clair County judge has issued an order requiring Illinois government agencies to immediately reinstate mandatory union dues for nonmembers.

Gov. Bruce Rauner last month issued an executive order ending the dues, which nonmembers are required to pay to cover the cost of non-political union activities that benefit all employees.
Friday’s order by Associate Judge Christopher Kolker requires the Rauner administration to “remit fair share fees.pending the resolution of the case,” and to transmit “the correct payroll information” regarding gross pay for affected employees to Illinois’ comptroller. The order is based on an agreement reached between the administration and affected labor unions.
The labor unions have filed a lawsuit seeking to permanently overturn Rauner’s executive order.
Illinois AFL-CIO president Michael T. Carrigan says he is pleased fair share agreements will be honored while the unions’ legal challenge is proceeding.