Legislative Issues

To get involved with Local 1600’s legislative work, contact Legislative Chair Sean Noonan at noonan.ccctu@gmail.com

Issues:

Elected School Board:

Legislative Chair Sean Noonan spoke at a panel discussion about the need for an elected school board for the City Colleges of Chicago.

Representative Robert Martwick introduced HB 4312, which would bring an elected board to the City Colleges of Chicago. An elected school board at the City Colleges of Chicago would keep the “community” in our community colleges by giving Chicagoans a voice on behalf of students and their community.

Local 1600 has been working with AFT organizers at each City College campus to collect signatures and support for HB 4312. We have managed to collect 1,200 cards from our members in support of HB 4312! The fight is far from over though. Click here to read to full story on HB 4312, what Local 1600 is doing to make sure this bill gets passed, and what you can do to get involved!

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Community College Funding:

Join us in our email campaign to protect community college funding. The massive cuts Governor Rauner reportedly desires will destroy our schools. Click here to email your legislator urging them to protect community college funding!

Pensions:

After decades of underfunding the Illinois retirement systems, Governor Quinn and In Illinois lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1, unconstitutional legislation that will unfairly burden workers and retirees.

The Supreme Court unanimously rejects pension cuts and upholds the Constitution by declaring pension-slashing Senate Bill 1 unconstitutional. The seven justices unanimously upheld the Circuit Court’s previous decision. Read the ruling here.

Read the latest pension committee report from Pension Chair Mike Ruggeri.

Minimum Wage:

On November 10, thousands gathered at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago for a National Day of Action and to rally for a $15 minimum wage. People from Locals across the city, like SEIU, to student activist groups, to Aldermen Carlos Rosa and Ricardo Munoz attended the rally. Read the whole story of the National Day of Action and Fight for 15 here.

State Senate passes minimum wage hike on Feb. 5, 2015 raising wage to $11 by 2019. Governor Rauner has spoken in favor of only a $10 minimum wage over seven years.

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Local 1600 Legislative Agenda Bills – Spring 2015 Legislative Session

 Issue/Bill  Number  Sponsor  Status  Date
Minimum
Wage Bill ($11)
SB11 Sen. Kimberly Lightfoot
(D-Maywood)
Referred to Rules Committee 2/9/2015
Minimum Wage Bill ($15) HB124 Rep. Mary Flowers
(D-31)
Referred to Rules Committee 1/14/2015
Elected
School Board
HB4312  Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)  Referred to Rules Committee  10/14/2015
Financial
Transaction Tax
HB106 Rep. Mary Flowers
(D-31)
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee 3/27/2015
Progressive
Income Tax
SJRCA0001 Sen. Don Harmon
(D-39)
Assignments Refers to Executive 8/4/2015
State Bank HB107 Rep. Mary Flowers
(D-31)
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee 4/24/2015

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