Wednesday, November 27, 2013

We Are One Illinois coalition is participating in a series of events statewide on December 2nd, which has been designated Pension Emergency Day


 
Purpose:  Lawmakers are expected to convene the first week in December to act on a bipartisan proposal to slash pension benefits.  It is critical that we maximize pressure on legislators, especially those who voted for SB 1 but may be concerned about backlash from our members. To do so in Springfield is logistically difficult, but targeted actions at district offices offer an opportunity to convey such outrage, even with a limited timeframe.

Plan:  The We Are One unions will coordinate a series of such actions as part of a “Pension Emergency Day” on Monday, December 2.  We will mobilize groupings of 10-50 folks from our ranks to descend on targeted legislative offices, noisily entering the office deliver a “Pension Emergency Declaration” to the lawmakers and urge the legislator to join the “Pension Rescue Squad” and vote against the pension bill. Participants would have a whistle/noisemaker, an oversized “Declaration” to present, and a sticker designating they’re on the “Pension Rescue Squad.”

The action is not meant to be an attack on the legislator. Rather, with urgency and intensity, public employees and retirees will be urging targeted legislators to help save their pensions and be on their side.

List of events, categorized by “Lead Union”:

AFSCME
·         Rockford – Stadelman/Syverson, Jefferson
o   Start Time: 10 a.m.
o   Transportation: Self. (Parking is plentiful.)
o   Meeting Location: All three offices are located in third-floor suites at 200 S. Wyman, Rockford, IL.
o   Note: The lead local has set a meeting time in a conference room with Sens. Stadelman and Syverson and plans to fill it to overflow capacity with 50+ retirees. The event for Rep. Jefferson would follow.
o   Contact: Jay Ferraro, 815-742-6553
·         Chicago (traveling squad) – M. Davis, Dunkin, Evans, C. Mitchell, Turner, Berrios
o   Start Time: 9 a.m.
o   Transportation: Bus
o   Bus Pickup Location: Jewel-Osco parking lot, near the junction of W. 87th St. and the Dan Ryan on the south side of Chicago
o   Food: Lunch will be provided on the bus.
o   Contact: Mary Jones, 773-426-4367
·         Chicago - North Suburbs, morning wave (traveling squad) – Gabel, Biss, Nekritz/Moylan
o   Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
o   Transportation: Bus
o   Bus Pickup Location: Evanston Plaza parking lot, 1968 Dempster St., Evanston, IL
o   Order of Visits: Gabel, Biss, Nekritz/Moylan (Nekritz/Moylan share space)
o   Pledged Turnout Support: IFT
o   Contact: Charlie Hogan, 773-679-6835
·         Chicago - South Suburbs, morning wave (traveling squad) – T. Jones, Riley
o   Start Time: 9 a.m.
o   Transportation: Bus
o   Bus Pickup Location: K-Mart parking lot at 17550 Halsted St., Homewood, IL (Note: The K-Mart itself is closed, but the parking lot stages bus pickups.)
o   Contact: Mike Bouler, 708-856-5220
·         Chicago - West Suburbs, morning wave (traveling squad) – Willis, Landek, Harmon, Radogno, Durkin
o   Start Time: 10 a.m.
o   Transportation: Bus
o   Bus Pickup Location: Melrose Crossing shopping center parking lot at 1903 N. Mannheim Rd., Melrose Park, IL
o   Contact: Al Drantz, 708-453-4641
·         Aurora (Kane County) – Kifowit
o   Start Time: 10 a.m.
o   Transportation: Self. (Parking is ample.)
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Kifowit’s district office at 1677 Montgomery Rd., Ste. 116, Aurora, IL
o   Pledged Turnout Support: IEA
o   Contact: Marcia Little, 630-365-0569
·         Metro East – Kay
o   Note: There was a fire very recently at Rep. Kay’s office, and it is unclear if this event will take place or whether he has even made temporary district office arrangements yet. If there is no office, the event may be cancelled.
o   Contact: Dorothy Asbury, 618-401-0498
·         Southern Illinois (Marion) – Bradley
o   Start Time: 10 a.m.
o   Transportation: Self. (Parking is limited, so members/retirees should carpool if possible.)
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Bradley’s district office at 510 W. DeYoung St., Ste. 5, Marion, IL
o   Pledged Turnout Support: IEA
o   Contact: Al Latoza, 618-303-3542

IFT
·         Lake County/Hainesville – Yingling
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Yingling’s district office at 20 W. North St., Hainesville, IL
o   Contact: Matt Beverly, 815-271-2530 (mbeverly@ift-aft.org) and Michelle Standridge, 262-308-9340 (mstandridge@ift-aft.org)
·         Will County/Joliet – Manley
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Manley’s district office at 2701 Black Rd., Suite 201, Joliet, IL
o   Pledged Turnout Support: AFSCME
o   Contact: Dan Mercer, 815-878-9130, dmercer@ift-aft.org
·         Will County/Romeoville - McAsey
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. McAsey’s district office at 209 W. Romeo Rd., Romeoville, IL
o   Pledged Turnout Support: AFSCME
o   Contact: Dan Mercer, 815-878-9130, dmercer@ift-aft.org
·         Grundy County/Morris – Rezin
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Sen. Rezin’s district office at 103 Fifth St., Peru, IL
o   Pledged Turnout Support: AFSCME
o   Contact: Todd Stachowiak, 815-228-1331, tstachowiak@ift-aft.org
·         Peoria – Gordon-Booth
o   Start Time: TBD
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Gordon-Booth’s district office at 300 E. War Memorial Dr., Suite 303, Peoria, IL
o   Contact:
·         Peoria – LaHood
o   Start Time: TBD
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Sen. LaHood’s district office at 5415 N. University, Suite 105, Peoria, IL
o   Contact:
·         Quincy – Tracy
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Tracy’s district office at 3701 East Lake Centre Dr., Suite 3, Quincy, IL
o   Contact: Michelle Eberlin, 217-440-2435, meberlin@ift-aft.org

IFT – second waves in Rockford and around Chicago to try to accommodate actives
·         Rockford, second wave – Stadelman, Syverson, Jefferson
o   Start Time: TBD
o   Transportation: Self. (Parking is plentiful.)
o   Meeting Location: All three offices are located in third-floor suites at 200 S. Wyman, Rockford, IL.
o   Contact: Chris Weaver, cweaver@ift-aft.org
·         Evanston/Chicago North Suburbs, second wave – Gabel
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Gabel’s district office at 820 Davis St., Suite 103, Evanston, IL
o   Contact: Pankaj Sharma, 847-530-9425, pmsharma25@gmail.com
·         Glenview/Chicago North Suburbs, second wave – Fine
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Fine’s district office at 1812 Waukegan Rd., Suite A, Glenview, IL
o   Contact: Lenny Nieves, 224-622-5409, lnieves@ift-aft.org and Bob Shaevel, 847-997-4352, bshaevel@ift-aft.org
·         Chicago North Suburbs, second wave – Silverstein
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Sen. Silverstein’s district office at 2951 W. Devon, Chicago, IL
o   Contact: Deb Takehara, dtakehara@ift-aft.org
·         Skokie/Chicago North Suburbs, second wave – Biss
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Sen. Biss’s district office at 3706 N. Dempster St., Skokie, IL
o   Contact: Steve Grossman, 773-991-0793, stevegrossman@nstu.org
·         Northlake/Chicago West Suburbs, second wave – Willis
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Willis’ district office at 112 N. Wolf Rd., Northlake, IL
o   Contact: Tom Smith, 708-204-3243, tsmith@ift-aft.org and Arnavez Mistry-Mujthaba, amistry@ift-aft.org
·         Burbank/Chicago West Suburbs, second wave – Landek
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Sen. Landek’s district office at 6215 W. 79th St., Suite 1A, Burbank, IL
o   Contact: Tom Smith, 708-204-3243, tsmith@ift-aft.org and Arnavez Mistry-Mujthaba, amistry@ift-aft.org
·         Villa Park/Chicago West Suburbs, second wave – Conroy
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Conroy’s district office at 28 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, IL
o   Contact: Tom Smith, 708-204-3243, tsmith@ift-aft.org and Arnavez Mistry-Mujthaba, amistry@ift-aft.org
·         Burr Ridge/Chicago West Suburbs, second wave – Durkin
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Durkin’s district office at 16W281 83rd St., Suite C, Burr Ridge, IL
o   Contact: Tom Smith, 708-204-3243, tsmith@ift-aft.org and Arnavez Mistry-Mujthaba, amistry@ift-aft.org
·         Lemont/Chicago West Suburbs, second wave – Radogno
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: 1011 State St., Suite 210, Lemont, IL
o   Contact: Tom Smith, 708-204-3243, tsmith@ift-aft.org and Arnavez Mistry-Mujthaba, amistry@ift-aft.org
·         Oak Park/Chicago West Suburbs, second wave – Harmon
o   Start Time: 4 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: 6933 W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL
o   Contact: Tom Smith, 708-204-3243, tsmith@ift-aft.org and Arnavez Mistry-Mujthaba, amistry@ift-aft.org

IEA
·         Streamwood -- Crespo
o   Start Time: 3:30 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Crespo’s district office at 1014 E. Schaumburg Rd., Streamwood, IL
o   Contact: Connie Campbell, cell 847-754-5377
·         Schaumburg -- Mussman
o   Start Time: 3 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Rep. Mussman’s district office at 15 W. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg, IL
o   Contact: Connie Campbell, cell 847-754-5377
·         Bloomington -- Brady
o   Start Time: 3:45 p.m.
o   Transportation: Self.
o   Meeting Location: Sen. Brady’s district office at 2203 Eastland Dr., Suite 3, Bloomington, IL
o   Contact: Ben Matthews, Ben.Matthews@ieanea.org


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