A coalition of Chicago unions is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to veto the controversial pension reform law that was put on ice Wednesday by a Sangamon County Circuit Court judge.
The We Are One Coalition of public employee unions issued the following statement in support of the Chicago labor groups' that are demanding a veto of the pension reform law:
Governor Pat Quinn now has even more reason to veto the unfair, unconstitutional pension cuts embodied in Senate Bill 1922.
SB 1922 jeopardizes the retirement security of teachers' aides and education paraprofessionals, nurses and public health workers, librarians, and other employees and retirees in the City of Chicago's Municipal and Laborers retirement systems. It disproportionately affects women, minorities, and low-wage earners, reducing the value of their pensions by one-third within twenty years of retirement.
The city's pension theft bill is cut from the same cloth as the state's, so we urge the Governor to veto SB 1922 and take this opportunity to encourage renewed talks between City Hall and our unions.
The Chicago unions that are pressing for a veto of the law include: the Chicago Teachers Union, AFSCME Council 31, the Illinois Nurses Association, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, and the Chicago Sergeants and Chicago Lieutenants Associations/Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 156.