Rauner could get his wish if high court ends forced union payments
Gov. Bruce Rauner is looking forward to the U.S. Supreme Court taking up Janus v. AFSCME next year in the hope of ending forced union payments by employees who do not wish to be part of a union, according to a press release.
Rauner has long championed the rights of non-union workers. The Chicago Tribune said one of Rauner's first efforts as governor was to try to stop the practice of forcing non-union members to pay dues. He also has called for ending the practice of allowing unions to donate to political campaigns, the paper said.
The free-speech challenge that has made its way to the nation's highest court is seen as possibly ending a four-decade-long practice. The case involves Mark Janus, a state employee who says Illinois law violates his free speech rights by requiring him to pay fees subsidizing a union he doesn’t support: the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.