Gov. Rauner presents his anti-union agenda in Decatur, January 26, 2015 (Photo WUIS)
Gov. Rauner presents his anti-union agenda in Decatur, January 26, 2015 (Photo WUIS)

The Rauner Report is dedicated to monitoring and reporting on the anti-union activities of Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has made it clear that eliminating the ability of IEA (and other public employee unions) to successfully advocate for students, our members and for public education is at the top of his priority list.

In Decatur on Tuesday, Gov. Rauner employed charts and graphs (many of them misleading, at best) to try to convince the public that the only person who can save Illinois is Bruce Rauner and the only way he can do it is by eliminating strong unions.

If you think this is hyperbole, please review Gov. Rauner’s 40-slide power point presentation and listen to the audio recorded during the presentation

Gov. Rauner thinks local communities should decide whether to deny union rights/fair wages to employees.

“I’m not advocating that Illinois become a right-to-work state. I do not advocate that. But I do advocate local governments, local voters, being able to decide for themselves whether to be right-to-work areas, right-to-work zones.”

Rauner claims these “right to work” (for less) zones would create jobs in communities suffering from high unemployment. In fact, what they are intended to do is reduce or eliminate the ability of unions to advocate for employees, depressing wages and hurting families.

As for whether anti-union policies guarantee prosperity, note that, in 2012, the top five states with the highest rate of children living in poverty were New Mexico, Mississippi, Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada. All are “right to work” states.

(Read more about what “right to work” really means for educators)

This is only the beginning of the Rauner assault on unions and working class families in Illinois. Despite his pre election claims to the contrary, stifling the voice of the unions that speak for working class families is Gov. Rauner’s top priority.

The Rauner Report will be updated regularly to inform our readers what Gov. Rauner is saying, what he really means and intends to do, and what IEA and other unions are doing to protect our students, our members and public education.

(Read the Capitol Fax blog’s story and reader comments about Rauner’s presentation)