Explaining Rauner's Latest Union Moves

Feb 9, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks with Statehouse reporters in this November 2014 file photo.
Credit Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking another shot at government employee unions. The Republican has signed an executive order prohibiting so-called "fair share" dues paid by workers who would rather not join a union. He says the alliance between unions and politicians has been a “corrupt bargain."

“There’s also a fundamental American principle of freedom of choice," Rauner says. "America is about freedom of choice and empowering individuals to control their own lives and their own future. This is allowing the employees of state government the right to decide."

Brian Mackey spoke with his colleague Amanda Vinicky about Monday's action.