The State of Illinois Supreme Court ruled on the case regarding State Retiree Health Insurance, Kanerva vs. Weems, UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
• IRTA applauds the Illinois Supreme Court's ruling today in Kanerva v. Weems. The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted a broad interpretation of the Pension Protection Clause that fully supports the interpretation advanced in Heaton v. Quinn.
• The Illinois Supreme Court has held yet again that, under the Pension Protection Clause of the Illinois Constitution, pension benefits shall not be diminished or impaired. This is entirely consistent with Illinois Supreme Court precedent dating back several decades. We believe that the Illinois Supreme Court's consistent enforcement of the Pension Protection Clause merits serious attention from our political leaders.
• In Kanerva, the Court reaffirmed that "it is clear that if something qualifies as a benefit of the enforceable contractual relationship resulting from membership in one of the State's pension or retirement systems, it cannot be diminished or impaired."
IRTA will continue to keep our members updated in the coming months. (July 3, 2014)
One-Bring-One Membership Drive!!!
The IRTA Membership Committee has initiated a membership drive which will end on December 31, 2015—our goal is to have 40,000+ members!! It’s an easy process: each member needs to bring a new member into IRTA!!! We have over 35,000 members today, so if we each brought ONE, we could have 70,000 members (wow!). Our goal is definitely attainable. Your local membership chairs have received ideas for local chapters to implement the drive. A list of reasons to join was also sent to membership chairs for members to use when talking with prospective members. This is NOT a staff/officer activity…it is a membership activity...so let’s all join together and ONE-BRING-ONE!!! Have you found your ONE yet??
Donate to the IRTA Legal Defense Fund
Legal action is very expensive which is the reason IRTA started the Legal Defense Fund almost two years ago. The outpouring of support from our membership has been fantastic for the fund and it continues to grow. The amount needed will be large, especially if repeated legal battles must be fought. So, we thank everyone who has contributed and ask those who have not to do so. Look at what a benefit our 3% COLA is. Could any of us afford to fight to save this benefit on our own? Certainly not! We need to join together for such action. It has been suggested that we give the value of one month’s COLA in 2014 to the Legal Defense Fund. A great idea! This money is in a dedicated fund and cannot be used for any other purpose.
Here is the address for sending donations to the Legal Defense Fund.
IRTA, 620 N. Walnut St., Springfield, IL 62702
Please write "Legal Defense Fund" on the check memo line.