April 18, 2014

Petition: Supplemental Retirement Benefits

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We ask you to consider signing our petition in support of University-subsidized supplemental retirement benefits.

Recent pension legislation, Public Act 98-599, has significantly diminished the retirement benefits for University of Illinois employees. At the January 2014 Board of Trustees meeting, University leaders decided to explore supplemental retirement benefit programs that could help minimize the impact for faculty and staff. The plan being considered will not fully offset the benefits we have lost, but they represent the University’s first and best efforts at repairing the damage.

If legislators do not support our current efforts, we may not be able to secure the supplemental retirement benefits under consideration. It would also set a precedent, making any subsequent effort by the University to secure supplemental retirement benefits that much more difficult.

We want Illinois State legislators to support University efforts to secure supplemental retirement benefits, and we are providing you an opportunity to voice your support for the supplemental retirement benefits by signing our petition.

Your participation in this petition is voluntary. This petition is open to all employees and annuitants who have paid into the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) including Academic Professionals, Faculty, and Civil Servants; as well as their colleagues, family, friends and supporters. If you wish to review and / or sign the petition, please click the link below:

(Pending: Petition Will Launch Soon!)

IF YOU WISH TO REVIEW AND / OR SIGN THE PETITION, PLEASE DO SO NOW. THE PETITION WILL CLOSE ON MAY 2nd AT 5:00 PM.

It should take about 10 minutes or less to review and / or sign the petition. While at work, you may review and / or sign the petition before work, after work, or during any normally scheduled break (such as lunch) using your work computer. Do not participate in this activity while at work if it will significantly interfere with your ability to perform your job effectively. You may also review and / or sign the petition outside of work.

Please note: University and Campus Human Resources and the Office of the Chancellor have all been made aware of the petition. We have assurances that it does not represent a prohibited political activity and it is not forbidden by the State Officials Employee Ethics Act.

This petition is being coordinated by UIC’s Academic Professional Advisory Committee (APAC).