BURR RIDGE—(ENEWSPF)—August 31, 2018
Contact: Bill Looby
The Illinois AFL-CIO will launch a statewide campaign starting this week calling on candidates running for office in Illinois to stand up to extreme attacks on workers’ rights by signing a “Contract with the Middle Class.” The Illinois AFL-CIO will hold events around the state with local labor leaders calling on candidates for State House, State Senate and statewide office to sign the pledge to protect wages, workplace protections and collective bargaining rights for all.
“Governor Rauner wants to run a campaign built on distractions because his record of failure is so clear, so we are asking candidates to make it clear where they stand on the issues that matter most to Illinois’ working families,” said Michael Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO. “After four years of Governor Rauner’s failure culminating in the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, voters deserve to see clearly who will stand with them to build a better Illinois and who will continue to push Bruce Rauner’s destructive agenda.”
The Illinois AFL-CIO’s “Contract with the Middle Class” calls on candidates to put the middle-class agenda ahead of Rauner’s special interest agenda by committing to opposing phony reforms that strip away workers’ rights, and instead support specific plans to create jobs while lifting up the middle class including collective bargaining rights, equal pay for women, affordable health care and retirement benefits workers have earned.