Bruce Rauner’s Long History of Attacking Working Families and Undermining Unions

Bruce Rauner has made dismantling unions and rolling back workers’ rights his primary objective as governor. While slandering unions and working people at every turn, Rauner manufactured a budget crisis to force radical anti-union policies on the state, leading to devastating results for the state’s economy. Job growth plummeted during Rauner’s time in office, and Illinois’ unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation. Rauner even recently chose to send $1.2 million in taxpayer funds out of state when three Illinois providers put a bid on the contract.

Rauner Failed Me
  • 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, a columnist 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.
  • Job growth has plummeted during Rauner’s time in office.
  • Illinois’ unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation.
  • Rauner recently chose to hire a Boston-based company over three Illinois providers for a $1.2 million contract to run an opioid crisis hotline.