At a “town hall” meeting in Springfield on Wednesday, members of various unions spoke of the ways Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” would damage public education and the lives of working Illinoisans.
The governor’s “Agenda” was the subject of the event, held at Springfield’s Union Baptist Church, and featured as speakers members of various unions, the church’s pastor and Sen. Andy Manar
Part of the Rauner agenda seeks to eliminate collective bargaining in order to diminish the ability of unions to advocate.
Crysta Weitekamp, a teacher and president of the Springfield Education Association, explained that collective bargaining gives teachers a voice in the teaching and learning conditions in Illinois schools, which is a tremendous benefit to students and public education. (Weitekamp’s remarks begin at 5:41 of this video)
Other unions represented included the Illinois AFL-CIO, SEIU, IBEW local #193, Plumbers and Steamfitters local #137, Pastor T. Ray McJunkins of Union Baptist Church and Sen. Manar.