Because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week, public employees who opt out of labor unions can also opt out of paying fair share fees.
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch says that changes a rule that’s been in place since a high court decision in 1977. Some of those who’ve been paying the fair share fees say they object to paying for the union’s political activity. Lynch says they’re not being charged for it.
Since the employees who aren’t in unions get the same pay and benefits union members get, the unions have felt it’s fair to get some money for negotiating the deals. Gov. Rauner started the Mark Janus case that the court ruled on last week. He feels unions are too powerful and block changes Illinois needs to improve.