Illinois’ decision to provide Medicare-eigible state retirees with private insurance, called a Medicare Advantage
policy, has come under fire from union representatives who say they want
the opportunity to choose federal coverage.
Illinois higher education officials and House Speaker Michael Madigan have reached an agreement that says the state's public colleges and universities will begin to pick up their employees' pension tab.
Following Illinois’ decision to no longer provide Medicare
supplemental coverage for the largest state employee union, state officials say they are looking to address concerns that a replacement policy could potentially limit Medicare-eligible individuals’ access to doctors.
After more than 70 percent of O’Hare’s recently hired janitors voted in favor of SEIU* Local 1
union representation, a small group of workers gathered with supporting
aldermen at City Hall Tuesday to urge Mayor Rahm Emanuel to push the
contractor to recognize the union.
“In a climate where everybody
is trying to figure out how to squeeze the bottom line, the only way to
protect workers is to have union representation,” said Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) in an interview with Progress Illinois.
The Illinois Retired Teachers Association said the latest pension plan from Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is unconstitutional. The association warned that it would sue if the bill becomes law.