“I am proud to have spent my career working for firefighters, meat packers, and grocery store workers to make sure they got the pay and workplace protections they deserve.”
Springfield, IL – Last summer, IL13 Republican Regan Deering told voters in a forum that she is “not in favor of the national minimum wage”, a radical position meaning that Deering would allow states to set the wage employers pay their workers at their own discretion, no matter how low.
Deering, who is worth up to $142 million and inherited tens of millions of dollars from her family, then went on to complain about businesses having to pay workers $10 per hour.
Nikki Budzinski made the following statement: “Regan Deering is dangerously out of touch with working people in Central and Southern Illinois. I am proud to have spent my career working for firefighters, meat packers, and grocery store workers to make sure they got the pay and workplace protections they deserve.”
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.