CHICAGO – The impact of this week's Supreme Court ruling on the fair pay of public unions is already noticeable. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the unions are fighting over emails and a government website.
Friday honored Rauner his Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti at a Women's Bar Foundation Luncheon
The public appearance crowned a week in which Rauner met a tremendous victory in his fight against organized labor.
The Supreme Court ruled that government officials' commitment to trade unions representing them in collective bargaining violated the first amendment.
Unions will lose fees for fair share of non-members.
Hours after the decision, the Department of Central Management Services sent government officials an e-mail that explained the court decision.
The email in question said, "With immediate effect, the state will stop deducting fair share fees from payroll checks from state employees who are not union members … Under the law, a worker in a collective bargaining unit can join or join a union at any time
The news refers to a web site that informs union members that they can notify their human resources department if they leave the union
ACFSME, which represents 75,000 civil servants, said the e-mail was deliberately misleading.
"The governor proposes to remain a union member, and most of the employees are union members and want to stay union members. I actually need to go to the governor's website and decide," said ACFSME Mike Newman. "And that's absolutely not true, they've already approved the deductions and said they want to be union members, they do not have to do anything to stay union members."
The e-mail also mentioned that the union continued Collective bargaining will result and employees will not lose benefits when they log out.
The union accuses Rauner of using government funds to encourage people to leave the union.
"This was the governor's agenda from day one," Newman said. "It's a personal ideological agenda, it's not part of the state e-mail system, and it's not appropriate to use public funds for that purpose."
ACFSME said the ruling is already having an impact. They have heard of some members who have extended that they want to leave the union. On Monday, ACFSME will meet with local Democrats from Congress to find out what to do.