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Support the repeal of the 3 percent cap!

Please contact your legislators and ask them to support Senate Bill 60 (Bertino-Tarrant, D-Plainfield) and House Bill 350 (Willis, D-Northlake), which would repeal the 3 percent salary cap placed on the salaries of members of the Teachers’ Retirement System and the State Universities Retirement System, and undo the educational pension cost shift that was passed in 2018.


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Save the Profession - Repeal the 3 percent!
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As your constituent and a voter, I am asking you to please support Senate Bill 60 (Bertino-Tarrant, D-Plainfield) and House Bill 350 (Willis, D-Northlake), which would repeal the 3 percent salary cap placed on the salaries of members of the Teachers’ Retirement System and the State Universities Retirement System, and undo the educational pension cost shift that was passed in 2018.

Throughout the state, school districts and higher education institutions are arguing for a 3 percent limit on all increases across the entire contract regardless of whether the educator goes the extra mile to become the best in their field for their students. They are doing this based on the fear of a pension payment penalty that will require districts to divert local money to Springfield that would have gone to the hometown classroom. Districts are doing this simply because they do not know when an educator may leave the profession and when they may retire and do not want to worry about this Springfield-mandated payment.

The 3 percent threshold applies to lane changes and step increases. It applies to extracurricular duties. It applies to continuing education. It applies to coaching positions, directing the school play and even writing curriculum during the summer.

This is extremely detrimental to a profession that is already facing a teacher shortage and to a higher education system that has been underfunded for years. It’s a counterproductive move by the state legislature if it wants to help solve the shortage or save higher education in Illinois, forcing good candidates to seek positions in the private sector or in other states.

The 3 percent limit is a cost shift – a way to make local institutions of public education pay for pensions and a way to further push the cost of education onto local property owners and away from the state.

Educators are professionals and will continue to work to become the best we can be for our students. We should be treated as such. Please support these bills and “Save the Profession – Repeal the 3 percent!”
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