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Pension lawsuit filed

1/28/2014
Today, the IFT and our partners in the We Are One Illinois coalition filed suit in Sangamon County Circuit Court to overturn pension-slashing Senate Bill 1 (SB1).

Our suit argues that the “pension theft” law violates the pension clause of the Illinois Constitution, which unequivocally states that a public employee’s pension is a contract that the state cannot diminish or impair.

In addition to our union coalition, more than 20 individual active and retired public workers from every part of Illinois are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. These teachers, police officers, nurses, caregivers, prison employees, firefighters and others are standing up for hundreds of thousands of their peers by seeking justice to right the wrongs of politicians who shirked their responsibility to uphold the constitution.

Defendants in the lawsuit are Governor Pat Quinn, other constitutional officers, the state retirement systems and their boards.

Read the full complaint here.

We strongly believe SB1 should not be implemented before a court makes its decision on its constitutionality. Consequently, We Are One has sought for the past several weeks to reach agreement with the state Attorney General and the named defendants on a joint request to the court to enjoin the law’s implementation. Regrettably, the Attorney General refused. In our filing, we reserve the right to seek an injunction.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Local 1, is heading to Springfield on Wednesday, February 19 for a day of action to protest threats to their pensions. You can R.S.V.P. on the CTU website. If you can't be there, stay tuned for details on how to show your solidarity online.

For updates on the pension fight, visit the IFT website.
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