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Retired teachers’ group opposes amendment

Posted: Friday, Oct 26th, 2012

CLINTON — The DeWitt-Logan County Retired Teachers Association is urging voters to reject an amendment to the state constitution that the organization believes would severely restrict the rights of teachers currently working in Illinois.

The November 6 general election ballot this year includes a question that would require a three-fifths majority vote of government bodies to improve benefits for public employees. There is no similar extraordinary majority requirement to diminish benefits or pensions under current law or in the discussion stages.

“This is a serious threat to young people who aspire to enter the teaching profession,” said Ed Wollet, president of the DeWitt-Logan County IRTA. “If approved, a constitutional amendment would inject severe restrictions on both local boards and public employees into the collective bargaining process.”

Wollet said the impact on those already retired is still under question but would probably not be significant, if it exists at all.

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