Illinois worker retirees picket the governor – who flees out the back door

CHICAGO—Never let it be said that Steelworker retirees in Illinois are passive. The 3-year budget battle between right-wing anti-union GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s public workers frequently brought them into the streets during the fray, USW reports.

But when members of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) Chicago chapter picketed a closed-door meeting Rauner held with big givers and Chicago Chamber of Commerce members, the big-talking governor fled out the back door into an alley instead of walking the gauntlet of demonstrators. “Do your job! Do your job!” they kept urging.

“District 7 SOAR involvement received some great coverage on the local news following the ordeal,” the union said.

The faceoff between Rauner and the Democratic-run state legislature left the Land of Lincoln with no budgets at all, shutdowns of key agencies, and lack of funds for basic social services. Rauner held the budgets hostage to force solons to enact his anti-worker, anti-union agenda, including so-called right to work laws and letting local governments refuse to bargain  collectively. The fed-up lawmakers finally enacted a state budget, over his veto, this July.

An enacted budget won’t stop the battle. “We have our work cut out for us, and you can be sure we are going to continue to confront Rauner at every turn — and alley,” SOAR says.

Source: PAI