February 14, 2015

AND WE'VE BEEN WINNING SINCE 1981...:

A War on Workers in Illinois (THE EDITORIAL BOARD, FEB. 13, 2015, NY Times)

As one of his first official acts, the new Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, issued an executive order this week that would weaken state unions by barring them from assessing fees on some of the workers they represent in collective bargaining. Worse, the damage from the order could reach far beyond Illinois.

At issue are so called "fair share" fees. In a unionized workplace, a union must extend collectively bargained pay raises and other benefits to nonmembers. The nonmembers -- about 15 percent of unionized state employees in Illinois -- do not have to pay union dues or contribute to the union's political activities. Instead, under the law in Illinois and in many other states, they must pay the union a fair-share fee, which is less than full dues, to cover the cost of collective bargaining undertaken on their behalf. [...]

Allowing nonmembers to get union benefits without paying fair-share fees would tempt dues-paying members to drop out. Union coffers -- and bargaining power -- would be weakened. Ultimately, all working people would suffer, because collectively bargained pay increases in unionized workplaces tend to lift wages in nonunionized ones, as companies compete for employees. Anti-unionism, which has become increasingly entrenched in recent decades, correlates with stagnating and declining wages.



Posted by at February 14, 2015 6:53 AM
  

blog comments powered by Disqus
« BLAME? CREDIT.: | Main | ...AND CHEAPER...: »