June 26, 2011

‘We Are One Illinois’ Fighting for Our Pensions

WE ARE One Illinois is a labor coalition working on behalf of more than one million statewide members to protect public employee pensions. We Are One Illinois coalition members include the Illinois AFL-CIO, Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, AFSCME Council 31, Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Service Employees International Union, Laborers International Union of North America Midwest Region, and the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association.

INDIVIDUALS MAY join as well. For more information, call (312) 368-7533; e-mail info@weareoneillinois.org, or log on to http://www.weareoneillinois.org/. To sign up for We Are One Illinois text alerts, text 225568.

TO INCREASE awareness of the critical issue of our pensions, the coalition recently launched a new statewide radio ad that tells the truth about pensions, which says:

  • ”Nearly 80% of Illinois public employees do not receive Social Security.
  • ”For many, the modest pension they earn and pay for is their life savings-–their only source of retirement income.
  • ”While public employees faithfully contributed to their pensions each and every paycheck, the politicians failed to make the required payments into the pension systems.
  • ”Now the politicians are punishing our teachers, nurses, and other public employees. That’s wrong.”

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