02/10/2015

Illinois governor attacks unions in blatant abuse of power

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The Illinois Federation of Teachers calls Gov. Bruce Rauner's Feb. 9 executive order blocking thousands of state employees from paying fair share fees a "blatant abuse of power."

"Our state has big financial problems, and the new governor's ideological and illegal attacks on working families isn't the way to solve them," says IFT President Dan Montgomery, who is an AFT vice president.

Rauner also announced that he has filed suit in federal court to have fair share provisions declared unconstitutional. Fair share fees are payments required of individuals who receive the pay and other contractual benefits negotiated by the union but who choose not to join.

"Today's action further demonstrates that despite proclaiming his grave concern for the state budget, Gov. Rauner's first actions have been brazen, out-of-touch attacks on the middle class and the unions who give them a collective voice," Montgomery says.

"Rather than offer concrete solutions on how he will better fund our public schools and services, the governor continues to engage in unproductive, partisan politics. Today's executive order is an abuse of power and the democratic process, and we won't stand for it. We are exploring all legal options at this point, and we fully intend to hold this governor accountable to the U.S. Constitution, Illinois law and collective bargaining agreements."

[Illinois Federation of Teachers]