Rauner also failed to deny reports that he is considering calling on the Illinois National Guard to replace state workers in the event of a lockout or strike.
"To say Illinois legislators are not for the middle class, but for the political class is disingenuous on the part of Gov. Bruce Rauner."
Members of federal workers and postal employee unions mobilized against Republican budget schemes that would - again - cut their pay.
The workers who run Social Security are launching a campaign against future budget cuts.
"What's another term for an insatiable monster hell-bent on savagely devouring everything in its sight? The Ryan Budget."
The target will be schemes to cut postal services, end Saturday pickup and delivery, and fire or let go by attrition hundreds of thousands of workers.
Union leaders say it unfairly hits the nation's two million federal workers - who have borne the brunt of prior budget cuts.
LAS VEGAS - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has put lawmakers on notice to stick by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid or face labor opposition at the polls next year.
The nation's politicians, from the federal government on down to city halls, are hypocritical in praising Fire Fighters and other first responders, then cutting public safety budgets.
Union leaders are criticizing President Obama's $3.78 trillion federal budget and spending blueprint for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.