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Unions file suit to halt governor’s illegal action

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on March 06, 2015 at 1:07 PM

Originally published on March 5, 2015 by AFSCME Council 31.

Today – Thursday, March 5 – the Illinois AFL-CIO, AFSCME and 25 other unions representing more than 40,000 Illinois state employees filed suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court to invalidate Gov. Bruce Rauner’s unlawful executive order blocking state agencies from collecting “fair-share” fees

The lawsuit asserts that Rauner’s order violates state law and multiple collective bargaining agreements.

“The men and women who do the real work of state government are first responders, nurses, caregivers and corrections officers. They plow snow, protect children, care for veterans and do many other tough, essential jobs that benefit all Illinois residents,” Illinois AFL-CIO president Michael T. Carrigan said. “Governor Rauner’s political obsession with stripping their rights and driving down their wages demeans their service, hurts the middle class and is blatantly illegal. We’re asking the court to restore the integrity of our democratic process and make clear that no one, not Governor Rauner or anyone else, can place themselves above the law.”

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