CHICAGO - "Early to bed, early to rise, work hard and unionize," Governor Pat Quinn said gleefully in 2009 when the Service Employees International Union announced their endorsement for his first gubernatorial bid. SEIU, which represents state agency employees, delivered over $3 million to Quinn in his 2010 bid to succeed Governor Rod Blagojevich.
“Gov. Pat Quinn has been there for working families when we needed a champion,” said Flora Johnson, chair of the SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Board and a member of the Illinois State Council. “He stands with working families in their struggles to raise their standard of living. Gov. Quinn will make the right decisions in the fight to strengthen our communities as we tackle the crisis of income inequality.”
In a release announcing its endorsement of Quinn, SEIU applauded the sitting governor's support of raising the minimum wage while noting that millionaire venture capitalist and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has said he would like to see the wage pushed back to the federal level of $7.25 an hour.
The union also cited Quinn's support of a "fair tax system" and the Affordable Care Act as well as is "his efforts to maintain access to quality healthcare in low income areas, as demonstrated through his work to save Roseland Hospital on [Chicago’s] South Side."