Pension Update: Unions, Annuitants File for Injunctions to Stay SB 1

Recent news on pensions: two state-wide organizations have filed for injunctions in the last ten days, seeking to prevent implementation of the pension-slashing bill until courts have considered the current legal challenges to its constitutionality. May 12 – Union coalition “We Are One Illinois”: http://www.weareoneillinois.org/news/coalition-seeks-injunction May 2 – State Universities Annuitants Association: http://www.suaa.org/assets/pdf/2014/PressReleaseMotion5.2.2014%20.pdf

Our Pensions Are At Risk on December 3

Our pensions are at risk: COLA cuts, hikes in retirement age, and salary caps are going to hurt everyone if proposed legislation passes on December 3. In the current pension crisis, who is fighting the hardest to preserve fair benefits? The President of the university and the Chancellors of the three campuses have issued statements opposingContinue reading “Our Pensions Are At Risk on December 3”

Imminent pension threat – call to action!

Update: President Easter’s massmail explains the vicious pension-cutting proposals on the table in Springfield. He cannot ask you to lobby your legislators. But the Campus Faculty Association is your independent voice as a faculty member and we are working with the Illinois Federation of Teachers to make your voice heard in Springfield. Please call todayContinue reading “Imminent pension threat – call to action!”

Faculty Union Ratifies Contract at U of Oregon

… Multi-year raises, contracts, and University to cover possible pension cost increases With the ratification of a contract at the University of Oregon, a faculty union has been formed at another major state university, indicating a growing trend across the United States. As we reported last month, the contract includes an average 12 percent raiseContinue reading “Faculty Union Ratifies Contract at U of Oregon”

Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 4/7/2013

This week’s big story is that the workers at SEIU approved a new four-year contract. Legislators will be returning this week to continue trying to “reform” pensions, more from the world of MOOCs other delights. Remember: the reaction to our organizing may have moved from denial to anger, but the next stage is negotiation! ThereContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 4/7/2013”

SURS Update on Pension Activity

The latest news on pensions is covered in the SURS publication The Advocate. According to SURS, the House has passed three changes (to cost-of-living, retirement age and cap on pension size). These would have to be approved by the Senate, signed by the Governor, and validated as constitutional by the Judiciary to come into effect.Continue reading “SURS Update on Pension Activity”

Pension Alert! Call Your State Reps, Ask Them to Support SB 2404

There will likely be a vote in Springfield on a pension bill on Thursday, March 14. This information was reported to the Senate Executive Committee by John Kindt, Chair of the Senate’s Faculty and Staff Academic Benefits Committee. Kindt said that there are 3 bills on the agenda, and that several of them would haveContinue reading “Pension Alert! Call Your State Reps, Ask Them to Support SB 2404”

IFT Proposes Pension Reform Bill

Bipartisan, labor-backed pension bill introduced Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 * This Illinois Federation of Teachers e-mail from IFT President Dan Montgomery is being forwarded around all over the place… Late last week, State Senators Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) and Pam Althoff (R-McHenry) filed Senate Bill 2404, legislation that includes key components advocated by the IFT andContinue reading “IFT Proposes Pension Reform Bill”

Our Weekly Reader for the Week Beginning January 13, 2013

A new year begins. The big story this week is that the legislature continued its great tradition of punting on the pension funding situation. I won’t put any links on the top about this; there’s plenty in the e-news, and I imagine most readers are up-to-date on this. (A good op-ed is at the top.) Continue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week Beginning January 13, 2013”

Our Weekly Reader for Week Beginning December 9, 2012

1. The first big news this week is that the GEO ratified their contract with the University. The University wanted to put the tuition waivers into the revenue mix, but those crafty grad students outsmarted them once again. For details go to the GEO homepage  uigeo.org ; fortunately, there is no longer any need forContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for Week Beginning December 9, 2012”