Legislative Update: October 28, 2011
The two-week Illinois General Assembly veto session started on Tuesday with all of labor trying to kill the pension-cutting bill that IFT members helped stop last spring. School Funding
Numerous education advocacy organizations joined IFT in opposing HB 3793/SB 2073
, which would have a devastating impact on school children throughout Illinois.
Tell Lawmakers to Vote NO on HB 3793 Today! Pensions
The We Are One Illinois
coalition revived ads previously run during the spring legislative
session and thousands of union members rallied outside the capitol
building Wednesday to protest Senate
. IFT opposes SB 512 because
• The legislation forces IFT members to choose to either drastically
increase their contributions, opt into the second tier plan or
to a defined contribution plan, essentially creating a three-tiered
• It is unconstitutional.
• IFT members do not receive Social Security, so their pensions are
their life savings.
• IFT members have always paid their share of retirement costs; it is
state that has not kept its end of the bargain.
• SB 512 would cost taxpayers an additional $34 billion over 15 years. Take Action
• IFT members are urged to contact legislators at their district offices
between now and November 8, when lawmakers return to Springfield
for the last session days of 2011. Make an appointment for a
meeting, send an e-mail or call them and leave a message. More
information is available on the IFT Web site.
Two additional pension bills were also introduced: IFT
supports HB 3815 because:
legislation would restrict future employees from having
their public pension based upon years of service working for a union
while providing clear constitutional reform. IFT opposes HB
would freeze current employees salaries at the rate they
received when they began employment with a union while allowing for the
accumulation of service credit. IFT opposes the legislation because it
applies to current teachers and is clearly unconstitutional.
Lawmakers took no action on reallocating money in the state budget to prevent layoffs and facility closures. They will be negotiating budget issues during the legislature’s one-week layoff and are expected to act on those proposals when they return on November 8. A Look Ahead
The 2011 veto session will conclude on November 10. Until that time, it is important that IFT members remain vigilant against new pension attacks and other harmful legislation.
All members are encouraged to check your inbox for “Action Alerts,” visit the IFT Web site “Action Center
” and check the online “Legislative Update
” for the latest legislative action campaigns and information.