Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered state agencies to divert union share fees to a different account, according to reports.
The move is an attempt by Rauner to enforce a controversial executive order he signed last month that would allow state employees to opt out of paying fair share fees. Rauner seeks to ultimately get rid of the the fees, having requested that the U.S. Supreme Court "declare that these fair share provisions are unconstitutional."
A coalition of 26 unions have filed suit against the executive order and Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger blocked execution of the executive order last month, with the backing of Illinois General Attorney Lisa Madigan, saying she needs court approval to do so.
To get around the comptroller's decision, Rauner has called on state agencies to "create two sets of books" in order to funnel fair share fees to a separate account, according to the Associated Press. The fair share fees will go to a second account for the agency, instead of unions.
AFSCME Council 31, which represents state employees, says the move is a "legally questionable scheme."