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John Dillon: Bruce Rauner and send in the clowns.

June 26, 2013
From John Dillon’s blog:
“No one should be surprised that Bruce Rauner set foot in the Illinois governor’s race recently by trampling all over the state’s working families. Despite the billionaire venture capitalist’s efforts to portray himself as a regular guy, he took a special pot shot at our union, which represents low-wage health care and child-care workers throughout Illinois. It was a glaring illustration of how little Rauner understands the plight of the state’s poor and working class.
Our members earn low wages — sometimes poverty wages — and they don’t belong to the state pension systems that Rauner decries. In return for this meager living, they provide vital health care to hospital patients, nursing-home residents, seniors and people with disabilities, and help educate low-income children through child care and early-learning programs.
These are precisely the people who have been shortchanged by Illinois’ chronic budget morass, and yet Rauner somehow claims they have too much power in Springfield. While there is no doubt that the union has been instrumental in improving our members’ wages, working conditions and the quality of care for thousands of seniors and people with disabilities, these workers remain poor and cannot equal the power of Rauner’s billions.
Rauner’s anti-union vitriol is little more than a rich man’s distaste for the less-fortunate.”
(By permission of Keith Kellher, president, SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana.)
4 Comments leave one →
  1. mike bochner permalink
    June 26, 2013 7:29 pm

    Rauner needs to take a full walk in other people’s shoes before he opens his mouth, much less become Governor.

  2. Lee permalink
    June 26, 2013 7:35 pm

    And yet Mr. Rauner, when running GTCR private equity, made millions using retirees money to line his pocket. Hypocrisy must be his middle name.

    • Anonymous permalink
      June 26, 2013 8:22 pm

      The union pension $ managers should not be allowed to invest any funds with private equity. Why do the members allow it? Returns are pretty good though.

  3. Jason permalink
    June 27, 2013 1:04 am

    My theory is: it’s hard to elect a guy who is cross-eyed.

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