A new Rauner campaign ad focuses on how JB Pritzker's family hotels responded when union workers went on strike – actually turning heat lamps on the picketers.
Illinois workers can't trust Pritzker, the ad says. While saying he really cares about union workers, his family's actions showed otherwise.
Pritzker put out an email appealing to union workers on Labor Day:
Happy Labor Day! Thousands of Illinoisans are proud members of labor unions, and today, we honor them. These men and women work tirelessly to not only support their own families, but help our state grow and prosper.
Despite all that union workers have done for Illinois, we have a governor who fights them at every turn. Bruce Rauner supports right to work legislation, and celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, which undermines union members’ ability to engage in collective bargaining for fair wages, pensions, and other critical benefits.
As governor, I will stand up for a worker’s right to organize and collectively bargain. I will fight for a $15 living wage. I will stand up for prevailing wage and project labor agreements. And I will always stand up against Right to Work legislation.
I am proud to have the support of unions across Illinois, including AFL-CIO, LIUNA, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Illinois Education Association, SEIU, and AFSCME. As governor, I will work with our unions to bring good jobs back to our state, increase wages, and raise up the middle class.
But it can’t be just me. The more pro-union Democrats we have in Springfield, the more good we can do. That’s why I am asking that you support Democrats up and down the ballot this November.