Regarding Retirement….

With February 1st fast approaching I wanted to share some information regarding retirement.  Our contract currently stipulates that when a certified staff member submits an irrevocable letter to retire by February 1st, they will receive a 6% salary increase the following four years.  The district is willing to honor this commitment until the end of the contract in 2014-15 but not beyond, since that would be covered by another contract.   It is our contention that once a letter is submitted, the benefit should be granted.  IEA has reviewed our issue and is in agreement with us.  We will continue to work with the district on a fair resolution.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this situation.

Thank you,

John Langelund

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Upholding the Constitution….

Many Illinois legislators want to challenge both Illinois and U.S. Constitutions instead of addressing the causes of the state’s budget deficits. Illinois public employees have earned their pension. Their pension is a constitutionally-guaranteed contract.

That’s why it is important to sign a petition to The Illinois State House, The Illinois State Senate, and Governor Pat Quinn, which says:

“Illinois has a pension debt and revenue problem. Most legislators know this, and they also understand the concept of justice and what lawfulness demands: that people must keep their covenants with one another. No justice is accomplished when diminishing public employees’ earned benefits and rights because of decades of legislators’ irresponsibility, corruption and incompetence. Stop Illinois pension reform. It is immoral and illegal.”

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

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Crucial to be connected!!!!!

The Illinois House adjourned Monday afternoon without considering a proposal to cut pensions for active and retured public employees, including participants in the TRS and SURS systems. Earlier in the day, a House committee sent to the House floor a pension cutting bill. More

Between now and Wednesday, it is crucial that your state representative hear from you on the pension issue.

Call 888-412-6570. Follow the prompts to be connected with your state representative.  All the information you need is here.

A legislative “call to action” is in effect call as 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.” This could pave the way for movement on the long-stalled plan to cut pensions for public employees.

PensionCalltoActionThumbnailCall to action

IEA members are urged to immediately contact their legislators using the We Are One Illinoishotline.

The hotline number is 888-412-6570. Just follow the prompts and you will be connected to your state representative.

When you get your legislator on the phone, be sure to tell him/her to:

  • Oppose any proposal that would 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 cast by the outgoing (lame duck) legislature.

The governor’s announcement came at the same time that the second of two “Pension Preservation” rallies held last week was underway at the Statehouse in Springfield. See how those in attendance, new and veteran teachers, feel about the pension issue.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION

IEA 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.”

Over the next few days, IEA members will likely receive “robo calls” urging them to contact their legislators.

Starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, IEA 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 that would 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.

More on the pension proposal

The cost shift would cause local school districts to pay pension costs currently paid by the state. Opposition to that plan by Republicans has helped stall proposals to reduce pension benefits for public employees.

From the Tribune:

A Madigan spokesman today indicated the governor and the speaker have been talking.

“Madigan said, ‘I told him to pass whatever he can pass,’ ’’ Brown said Madigan told Quinn. “If that means we defer the cost shift for some other day, to get other things passed, we’ll try to get other things passed.”

The Democratic governor met with a group of suburban House Republican lawmakers in Wheaton, where he announced that he hopes a breakthrough can be made after Madigan adjusted his position. Quinn, however, declined to provide specifics on how a pension fix would work. 

(more on this story from the Sun-TimesDaily Herald)

The governor’s announcement came at the same time that the second of two “Pension Preservation” rallies held this week was underway at the Statehouse in Springfield. The first was held Thursday. See how those in attendance, both young and veteran teachers, feel about the issue.