SEIU State Council President Tom Balanoff Blasts Rauner’s Attacks on Illinois’ Middle Class
Regardless of what Rauner’s calls it, his ‘so called’ right to work proposals are really economic regression
CHICAGO – “Governor Rauner unapologetically stating he would like to raise the minimum wage in Illinois to $10 per hour over the next seven years during the State of the State address is a slap in the face to the hard working men and women of Illinois who need a raise today. At the same time, it is not surprising that a billionaire who got rich at the expense of workers and the most vulnerable Illinoisans just rolled out his plans to hurt those very same people in our state.
“Governor Rauner vilifying workers and their rights to collective bargaining to try to solve the state’s problems is not the answer. Austerity doesn’t work. In order to stimulate the economy, the middle class must have the economic security achieved through increased wages, and access to decent benefits and an adequate safety net.
“Collective bargaining lifts all working families. The facts don’t lie. Workers in collective bargaining states have a higher standard of living. Governor Rauner’s right to work for less scheme would cause wages to significantly drop for all working families while decimating the middle class. What Illinoisans need is to restore balance to our state by reviving neighborhoods and building an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.
“Right to work for less is not economic development. It is not empowerment. It is economic regression.”
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Representing more than 150,000 workers, the SEIU Illinois Council represents workers including security officers, janitors, home care and child care providers, as well as public employees, medical professionals, first responders and social service workers. SEIU members are winning better wages, health care, and more secure jobs, while ensuring that workers, not just corporations and CEOs, benefit from today’s economy.