Gov. Bruce Rauner says public school teachers who aren’t union members shouldn’t have to pay union fees - the same policy he’s tried to enforce among state government workers.
Rauner said Wednesday that teachers are not covered by his executive order lifting the state requirement that non-union members pay so-called “fair share” fees. The fees are intended to cover union activities that benefit all employees.
Rauner said the policy “should apply to teachers” but “we’ll deal with that later.” He declined to elaborate at an event sponsored by the Citizens Club of Springfield.
*** UPDATE 1 *** The governor’s entire quote…
“Most AFSCME members, and I love them dearly, and I’ve had many of them come up to me and say, ‘Keep fighting, Bruce, on the forced-union-dues collection issue. And I’ve had teachers come up to me from around the state, ‘Hey, can your executive order on forced union dues apply to teachers?’ and I say, ‘No, it doesn’t, it just applies to government workers with me.’ I believe it should apply to teachers and we’ll deal with that later.”
A true believer, people.
* From the IFT’s Aviva Bowen…
The Governor either has no understanding or no regard for the law, and I’m not sure which is worse. This is just another reckless attempt to take away teachers’ voice and ability to advocate for their students – and it does nothing to address our state’s real challenges.
*** UPDATE 2 *** IEA President Cinda Klickna…
It is interesting that the only teacher voices the governor seems to hear are those of the tiny number who don’t wish to pay their fair share, while he ignores the overwhelming majority of teachers and education support professionals who choose to belong to a union. They work, through their union, for high quality teaching and learning conditions.
Public education is crucial to Illinois’ future. Our 130 thousand members reject the governor’s attacks on the middle class and will continue to advocate, through their association, for high quality teaching and learning conditions, because that’s what our students need and that is what will get Illinois back on track.
Regarding the governor’s comments on collective bargaining and local teacher activism, we’re surprised that Gov. Rauner would come out against local control of public schools.
Governor Rauner is suggesting that teachers should be seen but not heard — that teachers should do as they’re told and that their professional expertise should be ignored.
We continue to believe that teachers have a better understanding of schools and students than politicians. Teachers are the experts on what will work in our schools and what will help children learn. It might displease the governor, but we won’t be silent.