Pension rally scheduled for January – Illinois Education Association

4 Dec

The We Are One Illinois labor coalition (including IEA, IFT, AFSCME, SEIU) will be holding Pension Preservation rallies at the Illinois Statehouse on Thurs., Jan. 3 and Fri., Jan. 4.

IEA leaders have set a goal of getting every IEA Region to fill a bus to come to Springfield to tell legislators they must not to pass a pension bill without input and approval from labor.


A video made especially for the event will provide information to bus riders on what to expect when they arrive.

Make an appointment to meet with your legislator

There are two windows of time on each rally day, during which members are encouraged to meet face-to-face with their legislators.

Appointments for legislative meetings should be made in advance of your arrival in Springfield.

If you don’t make an appointment, it’s possible you will not get to meet with your lawmakers during your Springfield visit.

Talking points and fact sheets based on the latest information will be available on the bus and online prior to the rallies.

The schedule for Jan 3, 4

9:30 – 11:00 Buses arrive at IEA Headquarters

10 a.m. – Noon Legislative Appointments (make an appointment in advance of your arrival)

Noon-1pm We Are One rally in rotunda Due to space limits, some members might be asked to observe the rally from the 2nd or 3rd floors. IMPORTANT: If the Statehouse reaches maximum capacity, the state police might order that no one else be admitted. A crowd exceeding capacity sends the right message to lawmakers. Be sure to dress warmly, should you end up outside.

1p.m. – 4 p.m. Face-to-face lobbying opportunity (3rd floor of the Capitol on “The Rail”)

Additional details

A heated tent will be set up in the IEA Headquarters east parking lot.

Coffee/doughnuts will be available upon arrival.

A box lunch will be provided after the rally for the ride home.


It is possible that IEA might ask those who are available to return to Springfield the following week if it appears legislation is moving.

Keep checking the IEA website for new information.

Start making plans today. We look forward to seeing you in Springfield in January.

via Pension rally scheduled for January – Illinois Education Association.


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