The assault on retirement security for public sector employees and retirees is going into high gear in the House of Representatives.
Please get ready and call toll-free at 888-412-6570 or click here to call your House legislator to urge them to vote NO on any pension-cutting legislation opposed by the We Are One Illinois coalition.
Just before legislators went home for their "spring break," the House passed HB 1165, with strong bipartisan support. HB 1165 was considered a "test bill" to see if enough legislators would vote to cut the pension cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for active and retired workers. You can see how your State Representative voted by clicking here.
The COLA plan they voted for in HB 1165 is the same one that is included in HB 3411 (the Nekritz-Cross bill). HB 3411 would reduce the pension benefit of an average state employee by some $50,000 over the first ten years of retirement. HB 3411 would also increase retirement ages and employee contributions, putting the whole burden of solving the pension crisis on the backs of public employees. HB 3411 is expected to be called for a vote once legislators return to Springfield. This could occur anytime after April 8.
You can call 888-412-6570 toll-free to be connected directly to your State Representative, or click here to use our click-to-call tool.
Lastly, House Speaker Michael Madigan has indicated that three pension-cutting bills already approved by the House could be combined into one "mega-bill." All together, the mega-bill will likely cap and delay COLAs, increase retirement ages, cap the amount of salary that earns a pension, and possibly more. We must be ready to stop this bill in its tracks.
It's critical that you call your State Representative and urge him or her to vote NO on HB 3411 or any similar bill. Tell your State Representative: "Don't vote for any pension bill that does not have the support of the We Are One Illinois union coalition!"
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Thank you for your continued advocacy in our long fight for a secure, stable retirement.
- We Are One Illinois