Update: Agreement On Reform "Fixes"

Update:  Agreement On Reform "Fixes"

Legislators address teachers union objections to bill on strike rights, tenure
A favorable vote (30 voting "yes") in the Senate would send the bill
back to the House for a vote to concur with amendments adopted in the
Senate...Sweeping School Reform Bill Moves Forward:
The changes approved Wednesday clarify that only the union's 26,000
dues-paying members would be allowed to vote to strike, and a 75
percent threshold of those members must be reached. Lawmakers look to tighten up who votes on Chicago teacher strike:
State lawmakers today started to clarify who gets to weigh in should
the Chicago Teachers Union ever decide to pursue a strike vote. At
the heart of the matter was the wording...



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  • Here comes trouble

    If you look at the Illinois Legislative Web Site you will find a strange
    Thing happened on the way to Springfield House bill 512 suddenly went
    From one paragraph to 274 pages!!! It just passed committee and is on
    Its way to the second reading here is it in a nutshell.

    Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Articles of the Illinois Pension Code that create the State-funded retirement systems, other than the Judges Article, as well as various Articles affecting employees of Cook County and Chicago, and the Reciprocal Act. Requires current participants in the affected systems to make an election of one of the following: (i) the traditional benefit package under the applicable Article of the Pension Code, (ii) the existing benefit package for new hires, or (iii) a self-managed plan. Authorizes persons who become participants on or after January 1, 2011 to elect either: (i) the benefit package for new hires or (ii) the self-managed plan. Sets forth the requirements for the self-managed plan. Specifies the required employee contributions for persons who make each type of election. In the Chicago Park District Article, provides that beginning January 1, 2012, the fiscal year of the Park Employees' and Retirement Board Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund will run from January 1 to December 31 (instead of July 1 to June 30) and makes corresponding changes in other provisions of the Article. In various Articles affecting employees of Cook County and Chicago, freezes the tax levy rate. Makes changes concerning the required State contributions for the 5 State-funded systems. Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to provide that the changes made by the amendatory Act control when there is a conflict with the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

    I have not read the whole thing but looka like another midnight massacre.

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