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The in box. Support for the Cullerton/We Are One pension-cutting bill from a member of the NEA Board of Directors.

May 11, 2013

Tom Tully is a member of the National Education Association Board of Directors.

Thank you Bob for your summary of the past fights we have had. I also support SB 2404.
What benefits will anyone receive if the state is not mandated to make their pension payment every year? TRS will continue to have to sell assets to make the benefit payment to retired members.
SB 2404 has language mandating the state pay the systems, and allowing the systems to sue if the state doesn’t pay. Without funding, we jeopardize ever getting our benefits.

– Tom Tully

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2013 4:09 pm

    Bob Haisman, Ken Swanson, and the whole IEA Cheerleading Squad emphasize that SB2404 is the best of all possible worlds because the elected Illinois Supreme Court members are – in realpolitik terms – in the pockets of party bosses. Therefore, the Illinois Supremes would never declare SB1 as unconstitutional – never, cannot happen.
    Now cheerleader Tully tells us that we little people will be safe because “SB 2404 has language mandating the state pay the systems, and allowing the systems to sue if the state doesn’t pay.”
    Permission to sue. Permission to go to the Illinois Supremes? Bzzzzzzzzrrtttttttttttttttttfpt!!!!!!
    My brain keeps getting these signals emitted from the Propaganda battery and the electrodes strapped to my collective scalp by the cheerleading squad.

  2. Cliff Olson permalink
    May 11, 2013 5:30 pm

    Since when has the state honored any pension funding mandate. It is subordinated to other liabilities.

    Cliff Olson

  3. Paul J. Mikulcik permalink
    May 11, 2013 10:00 pm

    If the General Assembly can ignore the Illinois Constitution what will prevent them from ignoring this law. What prevents future GA’s from passing a new law without the “guarantee”? What chance of success does any action taken under this proposal have with a Supreme Court which in “in the pocket” of Madigan? It is a VERY hollow “guarantee”.

  4. Patricia Herrmann permalink
    May 12, 2013 1:58 pm

    If I understand it all, everyone is better off if we cheat today’s retirees who one would think have a constitutionally guaranteed pension benefit because it then will give a benefit to tomorrow’s retirees which wouldn’t be there otherwise, the empty bag story. Rest assured if everybody is good and complies quietly, tomorrow’s retirees won’t be cheated when their time comes because…well promises. Cheat today’s so tomorrow’s won’t be cheated. Does anyone really believe this?

    Worse, the unions give their imprimatur to this idea saying it is constitutional because… they say so. And tell me how they represent people in this matter of taking away constitutional rights? There is a difference between advocating for their members and crossing the line to participate in the stoning.

    Better yet, we cheat today’s retirees for a problem which may never happen. Let’s invent a reason the state will run out of money to pay benefits.

    And one of the reasons for the whole invented crisis is to destroy unions, which they are doing a good job of doing on their own. By forgetting the heart of being a union is organizing concerted action instead of helping their people to be polite compliant victims.

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