Rauner calls Supreme Court ruling on union fees 'tragic'
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo)
CHICAGO (AP) -
Gov. Bruce Rauner says a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing labor unions to collect fees from non-members is "tragic" and a lawsuit aimed at banning the practice in Illinois will continue.
Justices on Tuesday divided 4-4 in a California case over whether public workers represented by a union can be required to pay "fair share" fees. It's a big win for unions, who say the money covers collective bargaining costs.
The Republican governor has tried to end the fees. He and three state employees filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago, arguing the fees are unconstitutional.
The lawsuit has been on hold pending the outcome of the California case.
Rauner said Tuesday "we will just continue the fight." He says he expects the Illinois case to reach the Supreme Court.
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