The following is a statement from Teamsters Local 700 President Becky Strzechowski:
“Since the change in administration, Governor Bruce Rauner has made it known he has no problem slashing state programs or benefits for state workers. At today’s budget address, we heard a lot about what he’s taking away from the people of Illinois. Cuts to Medicaid, cuts to education funding, cuts to public transit funding, cuts to critical public health programs, cuts to housing services, cuts to aid for military families, cuts to agriculture and yes, deep cuts to public employee pensions.
The governor’s proposed budget makes it crystal clear where his priorities fall. His concern is not with the people of Illinois, and
it’s certainly not with the workers who keep this state running.
These cuts come as a slap in the face to Illinois workers, to union members and to middle class families across the state. The state has failed the people over the years with poor fiscal management, but the answer is not to balance the budget on the backs of working families.
While Rauner refuses to ask the wealthiest one percent and major corporations to pay their fair share of the tax burden, he sure
is quick to strip away programs that benefit all of Illinois residents.
Teamsters Local 700 stands with Illinois unions to protect the rights and livelihoods of our members and Illinois families. We call upon the governor to work constructively with state lawmakers to provide Illinois families with a fair and responsible budget that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few and corporate interests.”