I’m a proud third generation-union laborer. My father-in-law was a union laborer and so was his dad. After I graduated Olympia High School and Quincy University, I joined our LIUNA local, got my training, and I became a construction laborer.
On July 1st, 2017, along with 20,000 of my fellow workers, I was told I was out of work. Because of Bruce Rauner’s budget crisis, my state roadwork job in Bloomington was shut down. July is our busy season and I’m not used to being out of work July. If I’m sitting at home and don’t have stable work, I’m not making the income my family relies on to survive. Rauner is also a Right to Work guy. Right to Work is a good slogan, but it doesn’t mean what people think it means. It means right to work for less and I believe we should have the right to work for a fair wage.
Illinois workers should be treated fairly and we should be paid a fair wage. Every day, I’m out there working hard in 100-degree heat and I want to be paid fairly for the job that I do. I’m proud to support JB because he recognizes the importance of our labor movement. He’s pro-worker. He opposes Right to Work and will fight for fair wages. JB has been to our union hall multiple times talking about his plans for the state and listening to us. JB is with us so we are with him.