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No vote required: Government workers can organize with cards

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The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that public employers have to accept a union as their employees’ bargaining representative if the union shows that a majority of the employees have authorized union dues deduction.

Public employer groups had argued that dues deduction alone was not enough to certify a union.

Recent case: Several Du Page County deputy sheriffs apparently wanted to organize into a union and solicited union membership among their ranks. After most of the deputy sheriffs signed authorization cards, the union petitioned the Illinois Labor Relations Board for recognition.

The county protested, arguing that the union had to provide more than signature cards to prove the majority wanted the union. The Illinois Supreme Court said that under the law, nothing else was required. (County of Du Page v. ILRB, No. 105395, Supreme Court of Illinois, 2008)

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