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Will the state’s union leadership take its membership to the streets to fight to protect pensions? Could happen.

November 25, 2012

It is no secret that the IEA leadership is somewhat mass action averse.

But the attack on 386,000 member pensions has made for a dire situation.

Something can happen in the coming days or in the January sessions of the legislature. With the Democrats winning a veto proof majority in the election, there is little to stop Madigan from taking a knife to retiree COLAs. Or worse.

Blogger Glen Brown raised the mass action issue today on his blog.

Now that our legislators have finished carving up their turkeys and have recited prayers of thanks for their power, wealth and abundance at their dinner tables (gobble, gobble), they will be discussing how to carve up the public employees’ defined-benefit pension plan during the Veto session this week and, with voracious appetites, how to pass “pension reform” during the suitably-named Lame-Duck session in January.

They will be discussing how to “legally” challenge the Illinois and U.S. Constitutions (without ethical consideration or keeping their oath of office); how to shift the state’s pension payment to school districts despite serious consequences; how to eliminate the public employees’ compounded cost-of-living adjustment, especially for retirees; how to generate a salary cap on current teachers’ earnings (shifting the costs to school districts is one sure way to make sure this will also happen); how to increase the retirement age (with the hope that public employees will die before collecting their pension); how to increase public employees’ contributions to slowly-dying pension systems they helped create; how to pay down the pension debt that they (legislators) machinated; how to entice public employees to opt out of a guaranteed defined-benefit pension plan for a defined-contribution or self-managed savings plan that will never offer public employees a dependable lifetime income; how to continue extortive tax breaks for the wealthiest corporations that finance their campaigns; how to perpetuate lies through media; how to avoid modernizing state and local budgets and their revenue systems…

Did I leave anything out? How about having an organized demonstration of 693,000 public employees and their family and friends before the court battles begin?

Now word is circulating that something like that is being planned by the leadership of the state’s public employee unions.

It is about time.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. corrections teacher permalink
    November 25, 2012 3:52 pm

    It is time to let our voices be heard folks. The powers who think they are in control believe that silence means they are winning. I think that Afscme should be the Standard. The Illinois State Workers should send the message. We need a Strike vote now. You can;t negotiate with a proven liar!! The attack on the state work force has ramification for all of us. If Quinn gets away with this it is only a matter of a very short time before he comes for yours. Union Leaders, take the vote, give the 5 day notice, lets rock and roll with the Governor. I guarantee he can’t dance and would have trouble naming the tune being played. Enough was reached months ago. It is time to Fight and Win! Workers unite! They can’t beat us all if we stand together.

    • Fred Klonsky permalink*
      November 27, 2012 8:42 pm

      Unfortunately, I can’t speak for the IEA. But I can speak for me. And I can speak here on this blog. I’ll be there.

  2. Patricia Herrmann permalink
    November 25, 2012 3:58 pm

    Tell me when and where and I’ll be there and I’ll tell Occupy Naperville. And my retired friends. Patricia Herrmann

  3. corrections teacher permalink
    November 27, 2012 6:32 pm

    Fred! I was wondering if we the State Employees, can count on the IEA to back us in case of a Strike. Ms. Klickna gives such mixed signals at times. We have supported the CTA and other teachers unions in their struggles. If we go out can we count on the teacher to hit the line with us? The strike if it happens will probibly be during the Christmas break. Can we count on the teachers to offer their support? If not, the devide and conquer has worked, and we will all be at the mercy of Quinn and all his Toadies in the State House. Just a friendly reminder that we are all in this together. In this atmosphere, we stand together or they win! PS Happy Christmas Everyone!!!

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