Pledge: Vote NO on the Attack on Worker's Pensions!
Illinois public employees aren't eligible for social security, and instead rely on state and local pensions that state legislators have refused to adequately fund for decades.
Instead of asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes to fund pensions for teachers, police officers, nurses and firefighters, state legislators have passed a $10 Billion tax bailout for Illinois’ version of Wall Street - the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Now, our, legislators are trying to weaken the Illinois constitution with a Scott Walker-style attack -- House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment (HJRCA) 49 -- that will undermine collective bargaining rights and hurt middle class families.
This attack on workers' rights is on the November 6th ballot as the "Proposed Amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution" -- and the full text shows it does nothing to fight pension abuses, but instead undoes constitutional pension protections for thousands of hardworking Illinois front-line workers.
We have the power to stop HJRCA 49:
Vote “NO” on this attempt to thwart the Illinois constitution and gut the pensions of hardworking front-line workers.
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Northern Illinois Jobs With Justice believes that lawmakers should uphold the Illinois Constitution and fund teachers’ and public employees' pensions by closing tax loopholes for greedy corporations like CME. If Illinois legislators want to amend the constitution, they can pass a graduated income tax that would ask the rich to pay more instead of forcing local homeowners to pick up the tab through regressive property taxes.
Learn more about HJRCA 49 from bloggers Fred Klonsky and Glenn Brown. And thanks for all you do to support living wages and economic dignity for Illinois’ working families