With the Chicago Tribune reporting vigorously on Chicago union labor leaders taking high city pensions under questionable but legal circumstances, CBS Chicago has found a top CTA manager collecting a $91,000 annual pension from the city on top of his $105,000 a year CTA salary.
And it's perfectly legal, though some call it double-dipping.
John Malatesta is the CTA's general manager of customer facilities maintenance. He retired from the city of Chicago more than 13 years ago as the head of its snow-removal team. And Malatesta is a friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and CBS reports.
(Mayor Emanuel with his friend Malatesta. Photo by CBS Chicago news.)
But, as Emanuel said himself in talking about the union leaders:
“This is not about individuals. We have a system-wide problem in our state and our city. … At the end of the day the taxpayers are on the hook, and I do not believe taxpayers should be left on the hook for a system that is not honest to them and not honest to the people that are contributing to it.”
Right. It's not about individuals. And certainly many Chicago employees - especially cops and firefighters - retire in their 50s with a nice pension and then begin a new career. But going back to the city trough is what's unusual -and legal.
That's a nice gig, if you can get it.