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Illinois Union Attacks Rauner For Being Donald Trump-ish

State workers and union members rally in May 2016.
State workers and union members rally in May 2016.

Labor unions are attacking Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for several vetoes issues late last week. The Republican governor rejected measures that would have raised wages for state contractors that take care of the elderly and disabled.

State workers and union members rally in May 2016.
State workers and union members rally in May 2016.

Thousands of the affected workers are represented by the Illinois Healthcare chapter of the Service Employees International Union. KeithKelleher is president of the Illinois Healthcare chapter of the union. He saidRauner, like Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, is waging a "war" on working women, African Americans and Latinos.

Raunerhas previously stiffened eligibility standards for subsidized child care and banned overtime for home health workers.

"This is what we saw at Donald Trump's convention this week," he said. "It was a blur of intolerance and division and these vetoes are showing how BruceRauneris really bringing the spirit of Cleveland to Illinois."

The legislation also would have mandated training for some child-care providers.

Raunersaid he vetoed the measures because the state cannot afford the millions, if not billions, of dollars to implement them. He said Illinois must be financially responsible given the state's poor fiscal condition.

Contract talks between theRauneradministration and SEIU have been dragging on for more than a year.

The governor also used his veto power to suggest changes to legislation on prevailing wage. That’s a law that makes sure workers earn union pay rates on government construction projects.

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Sarah Mueller