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| IMPORTANT NEWS 6/18/2014
HB 5546 – Public Act 98-648 On Friday, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 5546. This legislation extends recall rights for teachers. The affected teachers are the ones RIFed because they were in Group 2 as the result of receiving 1 “Needs Improvement” when combined with 1 “Proficient” or “Excellent” evaluation. Recall rights are for six months from the beginning of the upcoming school year.
July 29 – Treasurers’ Training and Membership On Tuesday, July 29 there will be training offered in the office for treasurers. Additionally, that will be the day we will be distributing membership materials for the 2014-15 school year. Details of the times will be sent next months.
Please know that so far this summer, there have been four settlements: Auburn, Pawnee, Riverton and Williamsville. Others still bargaining are: Chatham (teachers), Chatham ESPs, Edinburg, New Berlin, North Mac, Pleasant Plains (teachers), Pleasant Plains ESPs, Riverton, SASED and South Fork.Thanks,
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM IEA PRESIDENT CINDA KLICKNA 5/12/14
Illinois' new pension law will not go into effect starting June 1 after a judge today granted the members of the We Are One Illinois coalition, of which the Illinois Education Association is a member, a stay in the case.
Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz heard from all sides on the issue today and granted a temporary restraining order, meaning none of the law is to be implemented until he rules on the entire case.
The law, known as SB1, was passed in December and slashes cost-of-living adjustments, reducing the value of pension benefits by one-third or more after 20 years in retirement. It also hikes the retirement age and makes other, unconstitutional cuts to the pensions of working and retired members of the Teachers' Retirement System, State Employees' Retirement System and State Universities Retirement System.
"For our members who are part of TRS and SURS, we had a victory today in being granted this stay," said IEA President Cinda Klickna. "Now we'll wait to see what the court says about the entire case."
No date has been set for that lawsuit.
SB1 was to go into effect on June 1. However, WAOI filed a motion Monday asking that the law not be implemented. Teachers and other public service workers around the state were being asked to make life-altering decisions based on a law that is still subject to a lawsuit, the coalition noted. Belz granted the WAOI request.
IMPORTANT NEWS 5/12/14
Statement from the We Are One Illinois labor coalition "This is no victory for Illinois, but a dark day for its citizens and public servants.
"Teachers, caregivers, police, and others stand to lose huge portions of their life savings because politicians chose to threaten their retirement security, rather than pass a much fairer, legal, negotiated solution in Senate Bill 2404.
"It's bitterly ironic that, on the same day legislators used the state's troubled finances to justify stealing the retirement savings of public servants, they approved millions of dollars in new tax giveaways for big corporations.
"A majority of legislators ignored and defied their oaths of office today—but Governor Pat Quinn doesn't have to. He can stay true to his oath and the legal promise made to public employees and retirees by vetoing this unfair, unconstitutional bill. If he doesn't, our union coalition will have no choice but to seek to uphold the Illinois Constitution and protect workers' life savings through legal action."
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