For Immediate Release:
Tuesday June 27, 2018
Toby Trimmer, Communications Director
(217) 622-7547 |

Statement from Doug House, President of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association

Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31

“If there is any doubt in the Republican-led claims that Bruce Rauner is worst GOP governor in the nation, today’s Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision fortifies that truth.

Working and middle-class Illinoisans have every right to be disgusted with Bruce Rauner and his feckless celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision to erode collective bargaining rights and drop incomes and wages to levels below the worker wastelands of places like Mississippi.

Bruce Rauner and the Republicans who have funded, supported and advocated to dismantle the rights of working people are driven by a personal greed and goal of total economic control. Any talk, suggestion or rhetoric implying that taxpayers and ordinary families are winners in this decision camouflages Bruce Rauner’s vile goals to further enrich himself by silencing the collective voice of dissent.

This Supreme Court was designed by elitist Republicans and their wealthy funders to be comprised of hyper-partisan activist judges. The Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision is one of the few reasons why the GOP-led U.S. Senate refused to give President Obama his constitutional right to appoint a Supreme Court justice.

Make no mistake, the motivations for this case are rapacious and the implications of this decision are serious. But for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. As a card-carrying union member for nearly three decades, I don’t accept the loss of worker dignity as one of casualties of today’s decision. The callous work of Bruce Rauner does more to mobilize ordinary, working people all over Illinois.

The IDCCA stands with organized labor because unions fight to ensure that economic opportunity is afforded to everyone who is willing to sweat and strive for it. Neither a court decision or a costumed, lame-duck governor can strip that away.”


About the IDCCA…

The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) is a statewide, grassroots Democratic Party organization comprised of the elected Democratic County Chairs in all 102 counties in Illinois. The mission of the IDCCA is to help elect Democrats in every county and region of Illinois while continuing to grow the Democratic Party throughout the state. Rock Island County Chair Doug House is the President of the IDCCA.

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