At Issue: Organized Labor Endures, Union Leader Says

Craig Dellimore
August 23, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Rob Reiter, President of the CFL, right, talks with WBBM Newsradio's Craig Dellimore.


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With Labor Day looming, a top labor leader in Chicago says unions are actually doing surprisingly well, despite recent setbacks.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is still pleased about the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says non-union government employees no longer have to pay so-called “Fair Share” fees to cover the costs of collective bargaining and representation. 

Meantime, some conservative activists are trying to get more people to leave the public employee unions and skip dues payments altogether.

But Bob Reiter, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, says they’re not leaving in big numbers here in Illinois. In fact, he said, many people are now becoming full union members.

He added that many workers are deciding that they want the protection of the unions.

Reiter is the guest on “At Issue,” which airs Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.