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#PensionTheft IL --ACT NOW!

by IL Fed. of Teachers category: Cause

“Illinois lawmakers are meeting on a bill to gut hard-earned retirement security. Let's stop this #PensionTheft! http://thndr.it/1bJllR7

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Ends Dec 02, 8:00 PM EST

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This campaign ended on December 02 at 8PM

#PensionTheft IL --ACT NOW!

Red Alert! Pension Emergency Days Set

Politicians are expected to return to Springfield on Tuesday, December 3, to vote on a new pension bill that will likely be as damaging to public employees and retirees as any yet proposed.

This is it – the biggest legislative threat to our retirement security that we’ve faced.

And our response has to be just as big. This is a real emergency situation. So We Are One Illinois is calling for a series of Pension Emergency Action Days beginning next week. 

*Pension Emergency Call-In Days - November 25-26, Dec. 2-3 - We will swamp the switchboards of every legislator on these four days. No matter how many times you’ve called your legislators, call again. Call both your representative and your senator. Be sure to leave a strong, clear message “VOTE NO ON ANY PENSION BILL THAT DOESN’T HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE WE ARE ONE UNION COALITION.” Our hotline is 888-412-6570 or click here to call on November 25-26 and December 2-3.

*Pension Emergency Legislative District Actions - Monday, December 2 - We’ll be targeting the district offices of key legislators all across the state for a vigorous grassroots lobbying effort with as many union members and retirees as possible in attendance. Check with your local unions and/or retiree subchapters to see if there is an event in your area -- our coalition's unions will be reaching out to involve their members and retirees in this action day. Then clear your schedule NOW so that you can make sure legislators in your area feel the heat.

The new bill will likely have the backing of all four legislative leaders. It will blend unfair, unconstitutional elements from old, failed bills – such as cutting COLAs by one-third or more, hiking retirement ages, undermining pensions by expanding 401(k)’s, and other devastating pension cuts. With the leaders’ behind this scheme, it will take everything we’ve got to stop it. So be prepared to give it your all.

It’s also likely that the leaders will unveil their scheme quickly and try to jam it through the House and the Senate without enough time for open hearings or public review.

Don’t wait to lobby till next week. You can get started TODAY. E-mail your lawmakers right now and tell them you oppose the leaders’ extreme pension scheme by clicking here. It’s fast and easy, and you can personalize your message.

Then get ready to call your state representative and your state senator on our call-action days - November 25-26 and December 2-3.

The threat to retirement security has never been greater - or more outrageous. But, together, we have defied the odds before and defeated harmful pension legislation. To be successful again, your lawmakers must hear from you - repeatedly - as a constituent and as a voter.

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IL Fed. of Teachers
@iftaft

The Illinois Federation of Teachers is a statewide organization made up of more than 200 local unions throughout Illinois.

The IFT is governed by elected leaders, including a president, executive vice president, secretary-treasurer and 40 vice presidents. All are elected by the membership and represent IFT members from locals throughout the state. Elections are conducted every three years at the union’s statewide convention.

Every local is unique and operates autonomously, with each local’s governing body and membership making decisions in its best interests. Locals vary in size from less than 10 members to more than 30,000. No matter how large or small, every IFT local receives support and assistance from the IFT.

The IFT is a proud affiliate of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the 10-million-member American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the 1 million-member Illinois AFL-CIO, the state affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

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