Still maintaining he is not anti-union, Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued an executive order which, if it sticks, would dilute unions’ influence. The executive order eliminates “fair share” payments – or, as Rauner calls them, “unfair share” payments – mandated for those who choose not to join a union but who still derive benefits from their actions. Rauner says the influence of public-sector unions and state leaders who negotiate with them and who take their contributions constitute a “corrupt bargain” which has overspent Illinois into a huge hole.
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Isn’t he angering the people who should be his partners – the members of the General Assembly, particularly the majority Democrats?
“No, I don't think so at all,” Rauner answered. “This is about good government. This is about the constitutionality of the laws here in Illinois. It’s fundamentally about empowering the families of Illinois, the workers, the employees of Illinois to control their own lives and make their own decisions. That’s what this is about, simply and fundamentally.”