Illinois public employee unions are getting ready for the inevitable court battle over pension changes passed by the legislature. Unions contend the changes are unconstitutional because they diminish benefits.
The Michigan constitution has similar iron clad pension language, yet a bankruptcy judge determined Detroit pensions are not protected in bankruptcy.
“Judges always have the ability to rule,” said Roberta Lynch, deputy director of AFSCME Council 31. “We’re by no means sanguine about going to court, and I don’t want to give anyone that impression.”
The difference, Lynch says, is Illinois is not in bankruptcy.