blurbThis Thanksgiving lets think of the family’s who lost their homes in Washington, Il and throughout the state of Illinois.

Also emergency Pension call in days on 11/25, 11/26, 12/02 and 12/03. Below is information from AFSCME C-31’s website. We hope to have flyers handed out as well. – President Gary Kroeschel


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.

Our response has to be just as big. This is a real emergency situation. AFSCME Council 31 and our union partners in the We Are One Illinois coalition are calling for a series of Pension Emergency Action Days beginning on Monday.

  • Pension Emergency Call-In Days – November 25-26, Dec. 2-3: We’ve got to completely 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.”
  • Pension Emergency Legislative District Actions – Monday, December 2: We’ll be targeting the district offices of key “persuadable” legislators all across the state for a vigorous grassroots lobbying effort with as many union members and retirees as possible in attendance. Your local union will be reaching out to you to participate in the action if there is one scheduled in your area. When the call goes out, make sure you respond so that we can make sure legislators know just how strongly we oppose drastic cuts to our pension benefits.

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 legislative 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 until next week to lobby. You can get started TODAY. Click here to e-mail your lawmakers right now and tell them you oppose the leaders’ extreme pension scheme. It’s fast and easy and you can personalize your message.

Then get ready to call your state representative and your state senator on next week’s Emergency Call-In Days – November 25 and 26.

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.