Rauner Agrees To Allow Union Fair Share Fees, Awaits Lawsuit

 
In this Feb. 9 file photo, Governor Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters during a news conference in his office in Springfield

In this Feb. 9 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters during a news conference in his office at the state Capitol Springfield.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it has agreed to allow government agencies to reinstate mandatory fair share fees for non-union members in return for union agreement to a faster timeline for resolving their dispute over the payments.

The Republican issued an executive order last month ending the fees that nonmembers pay to cover the cost of non-political union activities that benefit all employees. Unions have filed a lawsuit seeking to permanently overturn Rauner's order.

The Rauner administration says the deal to reinstate the fees pending a resolution ``will speed up the case and remove legal obstacles to resolving the underlying First Amendment issues as efficiently as possible.''

In a statement, the administration adds that it's confident it will ultimately win and will assist nonmembers in recovering the fees.

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