House passes pension-cutting SB1 – Call your senator!

The Illinois House on Thursday passed Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposal to cut benefits for active public employees and retirees who participate in TRS, SURS and other state pension systems that do not include judges.

The measure, an amendment to Senate Bill 1, needed 60 votes. It passed 62-51 and will arrive in the state senate next week.

IEA members are urged to contact their state senators and insist that oppose SB1. SB1 Fact Sheet_5-2-13.

Click here or call toll-free at 888-412-6570.

Here is the statement from the labor coalition:

May 2, 2013

We Are One Illinois Statement on House Passage of Senate Bill 1

The following statement is attributable to the We Are One Illinois coalition:

“Senate Bill 1 is unfair to the active and retired teachers, nurses, police, and other employees who paid out of every paycheck to fund their pensions, even as the state shorted its share. On top of that, it is blatantly unconstitutional and thus saves nothing. It simply exacerbates Illinois’ fiscal problems. In contrast, our coalition had a productive meeting today with President John Cullerton, and we hope to be able to continue the dialogue.”