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Gidney N Cloyd

(19,535 posts)
Wed Apr 29, 2015, 09:41 AM Apr 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Has Met the Enemy and It Is Unions


In Bruce Rauner’s Illinois, the common villain behind crushing pension debt, municipalities sliding toward bankruptcy and businesses bypassing the state is organized labor.


In February, he tried to use an executive order to prevent the state’s largest employee union from collecting fees from workers who aren’t members. The money is “a critical cog in the corrupt bargain that is crushing taxpayers,” Rauner said Feb. 9. A coalition of 26 unions sued in March to block the order.

This month, the governor took a swipe at Illinois Supreme Court justices considering a pension-restructuring bill, saying they’re part of a “corrupt” judicial system influenced by the same forces that created the financial mess.


The governor’s approach has drawn criticism from labor leaders. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis calls Rauner “Scott Walker on Steroids.” Roberta Lynch, executive director of AFSCME Council 31, which represents about 35,000 state employees, calls it “hatred” of unions.

“Here’s a guy who made $61 million last year,” Lynch said, referring to Rauner’s income reported in 2013 tax filings. “And he has a deep-seated revulsion that average working people make decent salaries.”

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Has Met the Enemy and It Is Unions (Original Post) Gidney N Cloyd Apr 2015 OP
We have four years to look forward to this scumbags justhanginon Apr 2015 #1
That's what low turnout gets ya-- a governor with a 38% approval rating at just 100 days in. Gidney N Cloyd Apr 2015 #2
I'm surprised it is that good Omaha Steve May 2015 #3
Who needs friends when you can buy off enemies? Gidney N Cloyd May 2015 #4


(3,268 posts)
1. We have four years to look forward to this scumbags
Wed Apr 29, 2015, 10:59 AM
Apr 2015

dismantling of the state of Illinois for the exclusive benefit of himself and his rich cronies. The litany of policies he espouses that hurt the poor and vulnerable citizens of this state are almost too many to keep track of.
His ethics as a businessman were questionable at best and he is bringing the same mindset to governing our state. He seems bound and determined to prove he can be a bigger butthole than our neighbor Scott Walker. I think he he is succeeding.
I find it embarrassing that so many of our citizens mistakenly saw fit to put him in office.

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