Janus v. AFSCME: Rauner's Latest Battle in His Anti-Union Crusade
Chicago, IL – Bruce Rauner is taking his anti-union crusade to the next level, all the way to the Supreme Court. On Monday, the failed governor was gushing about union-busting lawsuit Janus v. AFSCME on Fox News, and this latest attack just compounds the damage he’s done to working families in Illinois.
Bruce Rauner has a long history of attacking working people and bashing unions:
- Even before he was running for governor, Rauner called public sector union workers a "financial tumor growing" in 2011.
- Also in 2011, Rauner called CPS teachers “virtually illiterate” and CPS principals “incompetent.”
- In 2012, Rauner penned an op-ed that blamed public sector unions for causing “economic chaos” and putting Illinois in a “long-term death spiral.”
- Throughout his 2014 campaign, “Rauner made it known he would be willing to shut down the government and fire public workers if that's what it took to achieve his objectives.” He even referred to AFSCME as “Af-scammy.”
- Soon after taking office, Rauner manufactured a budget crisis to force his Turnaround Agenda on the state, insisting that legislation to decimate unions be passed alongside a state budget.
- In 2016, the Chicago Sun-Times described Rauner as “an ideologically-driven Republican governor…who is holding state government hostage to an anti-union agenda at odds with political reality.”
- In 2017, Rich Miller detailed Rauner’s years-long war on unions in a Crain’s column titled, “What’s More Important Than A State Budget To Rauner? Killing Unions.”
- Now in 2018, Rauner is pushing Janus v. AFSCME, which could threaten the mere existence of public sector unions, because he thinks “it will definitely help me win” re-election.
“Bruce Rauner is fighting tooth and nail to annihilate unions on a national scale while attacking the hardworking men and women of Illinois,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “The labor movement knows it has no ally in people like Bruce Rauner and Dan Biss, who pay lip service to being pro-worker while undermining the rights working families rely on to thrive.”