For Immediate Release
April 18, 2017
Contact: Dan Kovats, IDCCA Executive Director
(773) 351-7818 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Rauner Shows His True Colors in Comments to Business Leaders in Quad Cities
Rauner says AFSCME Members won’t be missed if they choose to strike
Springfield, IL – On Monday, April 17th, Governor Bruce Rauner continued his “Blaming Everyone Else Tour” on his campaign stop in the Quad Cities. It was at this campaign stop that Rauner showed his true colors when addressing the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. In a report filed by Aarik Woods of WHBF Channel 4, Governor Rauner said about State Employees,
“I don’t want you to strike, but we’re probably not going to miss you if you go,”
AFSCME Council 31 represents the largest number of State Employees, including nurses, bus drivers, corrections officers, child care providers, and many other public sector workers. Contract negotiations with Governor Rauner have broken down due to the unwillingness of the governor to negotiate. Earlier this month the Illinois Supreme Court rejected Rauner’s request to summarily impose contract terms on the union.
During the breakdown in negotiations Governor Rauner has sent out emails and videos to State Employees where he falsely claims to support them whilst blaming others for the impasse. Now that Governor Rauner has clearly shown his true feelings, Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association President Doug House issued the following response:
“Yesterday Governor Rauner showed Illinois exactly what he thinks about State Employees. While he says one thing in Springfield, as soon as he’s back on the campaign stump, he says something different. This is a man who has made it his mission to drive our State into the ground and he doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process.”
Yesterday’s comment was not the first time Rauner indicated an interest in forcing a strike. During the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, Rauner said he wanted to “do what Ronald Reagan did with the air traffic controllers” in state government and “shut things down for a little while”, evoking the firing of nearly 12,000 striking air-traffic controllers in 1981.
House also commented, “Real lives are at stake, and Governor Rauner needs to stop campaigning and start governing. Public employees drive our kids to school. They take care of our seniors citizens and those who can’t fend for themselves. Blaming others for his failures and blocking attempts to fix this problem are not helping.”
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