“When you’re worth up to $142 million, you probably don’t need to worry about enshrining the right to bargain collectively and fight for fair wages and safe working conditions. For the rest of us, we do.”
In Case You Missed It – Earlier in September the Illinois AFL-CIO criticized Republican candidate for Congress Regan Deering and her anti-worker position that she staked out, deciding to oppose the widely popular Workers’ Rights Amendment during an interview, on Labor Day.
Deering said that she “doesn’t believe we need to enshrine union power” when asked about the amendment that would ensure the right of Illinois workers to bargain collectively in the state constitution.
“When you’re worth up to $142 million, you probably don’t need to worry about enshrining the right to bargain collectively and fight for fair wages and safe working conditions,” said Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea. “For the rest of us, we do. That’s why Organized Labor exists – to stand up for the worker against people like Regan that would exploit them. Regan left no room for doubt – she is anti-labor and anti-worker. She is advocating to pay workers less than the Illinois minimum wage.”
Nikki Budzinski made the following statement: “I am proud to have worked in the Labor Movement fighting for working families. It’s disappointing but not surprising to hear Regan’s anti-worker remarks. She inherited millions and couldn’t know the struggles of working people.”
Nikki Budzinski is a labor activist, former Chief of Staff at the Office of Management and Budget in the Biden Administration and Senior Advisor to Governor JB Pritzker. Born in Peoria, Illinois, she’s the granddaughter of a union painter and public-school teachers. Nikki has over ten years’ experience in the labor movement, working for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and International Association of Fire Fighters.