Last week public sector unions, organized under the We Are One coalition, successfully blocked a pension bill that would have sought to solve the state’s economic and fiscal crisis upon the backs of its employees.
Dozens of unionists from Bloomington-Normal traveled to Springfield to lobby and rally against the pension reform, and hundreds from BloNo sent emails and made calls to their representatives.
But workers and the public faced two earlier defeats in the month. State employees had their premium-free health care taken away, and the Illinois Medicaid program – which serves 2.7 million residents – was cut by $1.6 billion.
The current fiscal crisis in Illinois is mirrored in states across the country, as lawmakers avoid fair taxation upon the wealthy and instead seek to impose measures of austerity upon working people.