MUST DO NOW – Fwd: URGENT: Tell your Senator to reject bad bargain

Greetings UPI:

Did you see this message from IFT President Dan Montgomery? The current grand bargain on the budget strives to fix the Tier Two pensions system but drastically hurts those in Tier One. IFT and UPI 4100 urge you to call and ask you State Senator to reject this bill and help put together a better compromise–one that is fair to our more recent and our more senior university professionals.

Because this is a forwarded message, the link to your senator in Dan’s message may not work. Please use this link to your senator and call today after reading through the email below.
(Click the middle map of IL for state senators and then put in your home address; you can then send an email and phone. Please do both.)

In solidarity and THANKS!


Dear IFT member,

The Illinois Senate is about to vote on a massive “grand bargain” that will make unconstitutional cuts to your pension and deliver large parts of Governor Rauner’s turnaround agenda in exchange for revenue.

Call your State Senator today and explain why giving in to Rauner will harm you and your community.

Sen. –

The Governor has held our state hostage for two years now, vetoing state budgets that don’t meet his political conditions. We must work together toward a solution, but this isn’t the way.

Tying the budget to anti-worker reforms is not only wrong, it’s unnecessary. We can tax the most wealthy and close corporate loopholes to help fund our state without harming working people.

Votes on a 13-part deal are scheduled for early this week, including proposals to:

• Reduce your retirement benefits. Senate Bill 11 will force Tier 1 employees in TRS, SURS, and CTPF to make an unfair choice between two cuts. We firmly believe this is unconstitutional.

• Eliminate physical and drivers education ( aka “mandate relief”). Senate Bill 13 would freeze property taxes for two years, which would erode local support for our schools and allow districts to privatize drivers education, eliminate salary and benefit protections for non-instructional employees, and reduce or opt out of PE requirements.

Read our detailed analysis of the legislative package here – then call your Senator.

Sen. –

Urge lawmakers to VOTE NO on plans that balance the budget on the backs of workers instead of taxing the most wealthy. CALL NOW!

Thanks for all that you do.

In Unity,

Dan Montgomery
President, Illinois Federation of Teachers