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Thu November 21, 2013
Unions Plan "Emergency" Lobby Days Over Pensions
Illinois unions are planning an intensive lobbying push in opposition to a developing plan to deal with the state's $100 billion pension crisis.
The ``We are One Coalition'' represents the state's major employee unions. The group sent an email to members about ``emergency call-in days'' next week and Dec. 2-3.
Members are being asked to call and visit lawmakers' offices and urge them to vote against pension bills that don't have union support. Legislative leaders are meeting Thursday to firm up a plan that could save close to $150 million over 30 years.
Unions oppose the deal. They say they weren't consulted and the plan contains elements they believe are unconstitutional.
Lawmakers may be called to Springfield Dec. 3 for a special session.