- The budget impasse continues. We ask you to contact your legislators to urge them to pass a reasonable budget. For a quick and easy way to send an email about the budget impasse to state leadership, go to Land of Lincoln, This is Not a Laughing Matter. Choose Send, follow the steps, and email will be sent to the appropriate people. If you sent an email a few months ago, please do it again.
- Proposed SB0011, amends the Pension Code.An article posted on the AFSCME site, Bill would cut universities employees’ pensions, summarizes the proposed change for SURS employees:
“This proposal would require State University Retirement System (SURS) participants (except those hired after January 1, 2011) to select between two options:
- Option 1: Future pay increases do not count in calculating the member’s initial pension amount upon retirement; in exchange the member would receive the current 3% annual annuity adjustment, compounded; or
- Option 2: Future pay increases count in calculating the member’s initial pension amount upon retirement; in exchange the member would receive an annual annuity adjustment that is less than the current compounded adjustment.
Regardless of the option employees choose, they would receive a smaller pension benefit during the course of their retirement compared to what they would receive under the current Pension Code.”
We ask you to contact your legislators and ask them to oppose this bill. If you are unsure as to whom to contact, go to Open District Locator – Illinois State Board of Elections.
- Attorney General Madigan filed a motion to block payroll for state employees until a state budget is passed. The motion was filed January 26 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. If the motion succeeds, it would dissolve the injunction that AFSCME received that allowed state employees to be paid without an approved state budget. The motion requests an implementation date of February 28, 2017. SUAA will continue to monitor this legal action and keep our members informed.
- Professor Emeritus Addison Woodward, submitted a letter to the editor, Higher Education Threatened in Illinois, which was published in the Daily Southtown. We thank Addison for submitting the article.
Colleen Rock Ellis
GSU SUAA President
On behalf of the GSU SUAA Board