The Conference Committee on Pensions will hear testimony this Thursday, June 27 at 11 a.m. in Rm. C600 of the Bilandic Building (Randolph and LaSalle).  Union members are encouraged to attend.

After pension-slashing SB 1 failed for a third time during the special legislative session on June 19, legislative leaders decided to form a ten-member conference committee to develop its own proposal. However, this committee is unfairly stacked with legislators who support SB 1 and have voted for deep, illegal pension cuts in the past.

We want to make sure that the room is packed with opponents of SB 1 – let us know if you’ll be there!

The committee will take testimony, but is expected to restrict who can testify. So it’s very important that we have plenty of union members in the room to send a clear message about how strongly we oppose steep cuts to pension benefits.

AFSCME and our partners in the We Are One Illinois coalition are backing SB 2404, legislation that makes far more modest changes to the pension system. But House Speaker Michael Madigan is refusing to call SB 2404 for a vote, even though it passed the Senate by a wide margin.

It’s critical that we keep the pressure on for fair and constitutional pension reform. If you can’t make it to the conference committee meeting on Thursday, here’s what you can do to help:

Click here to send an e-mail to members of the conference committee to encourage them to develop a solution that is fair and constitutional, like the unchanged version of SB 2404.

Click here or call 888-412-6570 to tell your state representative and senator to reject any plans—including any future bills developed by the conference committee—if they do not have the support of the We Are One Illinois union coalition.

Repost via AFSCME Council 31