Unions gearing up for legal fight

By Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 12/06 2013 10:02AM

Updated 12/06 2013 10:05AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Now that Governor Pat Quinn has signed a pension reform bill into law, a coalition of labor unions and other organizations are preparing to file suit. Unions and other organizations are challenging its constitutionality saying the provisions are illegal.

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) claims the law will strip public workers of their constitutionally-guaranteed pension benefits. IRTA represents about 35,000 retired teachers. They say most retired teachers don't have large pensions, with the average about $48,000 a year.

IRTA leaders say they will likely join forces with other public employee organizations to contest the constitutionality of the law. In addition to all their other concerns, groups like IRTA say the whole passage and signing happened too quick for comfort. They don't believe lawmakers or the governor had ample time to read through the 325-page bill.

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