In Illinois, newly elected Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has decided to use his authority as a state executive to decrease the power of public employee unions by reducing their ability to press non-union workers for dues.
He is the first Republican governor in the state since 1999.
Rauner claims that,
Government union bargaining and government union political activity are inextricably linked,” Rauner said. “As a result, an employee who is forced to pay unfair share dues is being forced to fund political activity with which they disagree. That is a clear violation of First Amendment rights and something that, as governor, I am duty-bound to correct.
For the Rauner, this is a first amendment issue by forcing people into union against their will, and then taking their money against their will should they choose not to join the Union. This places Rauner squarely in the right to work camp, and his actions pose to present the state with a serious battle over Union privilege versus the individual. The Wall Street Journal is supportive of the cost cutting and Constitutional measures he is taking. The Unions are crying foul for the violation of their “rights” but there is no Constitutional right to another person’s wages.
Rauner faces an uphill battle as entrenched Unions will fight back along with the complicit Democrat state legislature at their back.