A special session of the Illinois General Assembly is scheduled for Friday, August 17. Legislators are returning to Springfield to vote on pension legislation.
One bill likely to be voted on is HB 1447, which would cut benefits for active state employees and for retirees who receive pensions through the State Employees Retirement System (SERS). This legislation is unfair and unconstitutional. Passing such legislation is bad for everyone participating in the state pension systems. IEA opposes this bill.
In addition, lawmakers are being pressured by anti-tax and anti-union organizations to take action to cut pension benefits for active employees and retirees participating in TRS and SURS. While it is not certain that lawmakers will take the politically risky action of going after pensions of teachers and higher education faculty and staff before the election, we must be vigilant and act to protect pensions during the Special Session.
Call your legislators – NOW!
IEA members are urged to contact their state senators and representatives immediately and urge them to vote NO on any pension legislation that has not been negotiated with the unions representing the employees and retirees who are participants in the state pension systems (TRS, SURS, SERS). To talk with your legislators, use the We Are One Illinois labor coalition hotline at 1-888-412-6570
Call 1-888-412-6570, follow the prompts and deliver these messages to your legislators:
Tell your legislators to vote NO on HB 1447, SB 3168 and all other pension cutting bills.
- (HB 1447 would reduce pension benefits for current state employees and retirees in their SERS pension system.
- SB 3168 is identical in many ways to HB 1447 but it targets TRS and SURS participants.
Tell your legislators to work with the labor coalition to develop a fair and constitutional resolution to the pension crisis.
- Any proposal that would alter pension benefits must also guarantee that the state will pay its portion as required. That hasn’t happened for decades, as legislatures have diverted money to other programs.
- There can be no benefit changes for current retirees, who are living on an earned and needed pension and cannot re-enter the job market.
- The state must take a true look at revenue by closing loopholes for big corporations that are not paying their fair share.
Come to Springfield on Friday, August 17
Any IEA member who is retired, or whose school is not yet in session, is encouraged to come to Springfield Friday morning to personally lobby his or her legislators and to participate in a rally in the Statehouse rotunda at 11:30 a.m. IEA will NOT reimburse for mileage and lunch will NOT be provided. Click here for the locations of parking garages in downtown Springfield