• Unions plan ‘emergency days’ to lobby lawmakers

    by  • November 21, 2013 • News

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois unions are planning an intensive lobbying push in opposition to a developing plan to deal with the state’s $100 billion pension crisis. pension

    The “We are One Coalition” represents the state’s major employee unions. The group sent an email to members about “emergency call-in days” next week and Dec. 2-3.

    Members are being asked to call and visit lawmakers’ offices and urge them to vote against pension bills that don’t have union support. Legislative leaders are meeting Thursday to firm up a plan that could save close to $150 million over 30 years.

    Unions oppose the deal. They say they weren’t consulted and the plan contains elements they believe are unconstitutional.

    Lawmakers may be called to Springfield Dec. 3 for a special session.

    Legislative leaders discussed a developing plan to deal with Illinois’ $100 billion pension crisis as the state’s biggest employee unions planned a lobbying push to oppose it.

    Legislative leaders spoke Thursday about a plan they say could save close to $150 billion over 30 years. Officials reported progress but said more meetings are expected. Lawmakers have been alerted about a possible special session on Dec. 3.

    Unions say they weren’t consulted about the plan and that they think elements of it are unconstitutional.