PBPA members are urged to begin calling their state legislators Sunday (January 6) afternoon in anticipation of a new attack on public employees’ pensions.
The call to action is a result of Gov. Pat Quinn’s announcement that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan had dropped his demand that pension-cutting legislation must include the controversial “cost shift.”
Call to action –
Starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, PBPA members are urged to use the We Are One Illinois hotline to contact their state representatives.
The hotline number is 888-412-6570. Just follow the prompts and you will be connected to your state representative (Only the House will be in session Sunday evening – the Senate could be in session Monday).
When you get your legislator on the phone, be sure to tell him/her to:
Oppose any proposal to cut benefits for retired employees.
Vote NO on any pension bill that has not been negotiated with and approved by the employee unions.
Work with the unions to develop a fair and constitutional solution to the pension problem.
Support revenue solutions to the pension problem, not benefit cuts.
It is important to understand that the votes that could be taken between today and Wednesday will be taken by the outgoing (lame duck) legislature.