Illinois is entering its tenth month without a budget; Rauner has refused to sign one without legislators agreeing to his drastic "turnaround agenda" that rolls back worker rights.
The Cadillac tax took center stage for union leaders. All - and their members - want it completely repealed. Obama opposes that.
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.