Unions Plan ‘Emergency Days’ To Lobby Lawmakers
By The Associated Press
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.
The "We are One Coalition'' represents the state's major public employee unions. It alerted members this week about "emergency call-in days'' next week and on Dec. 2-3.
Members are being asked to call lawmakers and urge them to vote against pension bills that don't have union support.
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.