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We Are One Illinois Union Coalition Files Suit To Overturn New Law That Cuts Pension Benefits

Published Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:00 pm

(SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS) - Seeking to Overturn Pension-Slashing Senate Bill 1, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 and the Public Employee Union’s Partners in the We Are One Illinois Union Coalition Filed Suit This Week (on Tuesday, January 28th) in Sangamon County Circuit Court in Springfield.

“The ‘Pension Theft’ Law Violates the Illinois Constitution, Which Unequivocally States a Public Employee’s Pension is a Contract the State Cannot Diminish or Impair,” AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Henry Bayer said. “Together With the ‘We Are One’ Illinois Coalition, Our Union is Seeking Justice from the Courts to Throw Out this Unfair and Unconstitutional Law.”

In Addition to We Are One Illinois, the Lawsuits Names as Plaintiffs 25 Individual Active and Retired Public Workers from Every Part of Illinois.

They Include: AFSCME Members Gary Ciaccio (a Mental Health Technician); Information Systems Analyst Gary Kroeschel; University Library Specialist Ellen Larrimore; Child Protection Investigator Stephen Mittons; Correctional Sergeant Jose Prado and University Maintenance Worker Jim Sheridan; as well as AFSCME Retirees Ed Corrigan (a Former Correctional Officer) and Caryl Wadley-Foy (a Former Secretary at a State Developmental Center), Along With Teachers, Police Officers, Nurses, Firefighters and Others.

Defendants in the Lawsuit are the State’s Constitutional Officers, as well as the State Retirement Systems and Their Boards.


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