Wednesday, November 20, is PSRP Day in Illinois, an annual day to show appreciation for the more than 100,000 dedicated paraprofessionals and school related personnel.
I have never have felt more excited about our union and our members than I do right now. Dan Montgomery | IFT President
The General Assembly wrapped up the fall veto session this week. Action was taken on veto overrides, new proposals, and unfinished business from the spring.
Highlights from this issue include: the strength of the union, a heartfelt thanks to PSRPs, strike updates, and more.
This week, the Illinois General Assembly returned to Springfield to consider the Governor’s vetoes during a two-week veto session.
A national organization funded by billionaire CEOs and corporations has launched a new campaign to try to weaken our collective strength by convincing you and your members to give up your rights. The National Right to Work Foundation (NRTWF) wants to silence your voices on the job and in Springfield so that corporate interests can pass laws that take away your ability to advocate for students and our professions through union membership.
You may have received their “teacher refund” mailing or calls in the past several weeks. NRTWF is not new on the scene, but they are becoming more aggressive than ever. The group is spending hundreds of millions to push their extremist agenda in legislatures across the country; our neighbors in Michigan and Indiana are the latest states to pass so-called “right-to-work” legislation. Illinois is their next target.
The NRTWF works closely with the American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC). Together, they want to: eliminate collective bargaining; silence our voices as advocates for public education and services; take away our pensions; restrict our workplace rights; privatize education and public services; and give tax breaks to corporations and the rich.We will not be fooled by this false rhetoric. They claim that “right-to-work” is good for everyone, but here are the facts:
“Right-to-work” is simply wrong, and threatens the core of our union. As unionists, we must be educated and engaged on this critical issue. Here are a few suggestions to help you spread the facts about "right to work" to your colleagues, family, and friends:
We cannot allow right-wing billionaires to take away our rights and our collective power to make a difference. By standing together in our union, we can fight off greedy corporate attacks and protect our rights and professions.
For more information on why “right-to-work” is wrong for Illinois, visit www.wrongforeveryone.com.