Category: Organized labor

Don't count out Illinois public employee unions just yet

Widespread speculation predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in  Janus v. AFSCME will change America’s political landscape, especially in Illinois, the bluest of blue states where public employee unions have driven the state into near bankruptcy. By giving employees in such unions as the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 in... Read more »

Bet you don't make as much as these Illinois "public servants"

Recently, we found auto pound supervisors in Chicago making $144,453; nurses at state corrections earning up to $254,781; junior college presidents making $465,420; university doctors earning $1.6 million; and 84 small-town “managers” out-earning every U.S. governor. This is from Adam Andrzejewski‘s article in Forbess, “Why Illinois Is In Trouble – 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries... Read more »

Organized labor chases 4,000 jobs out of Illinois

Illinois thought it was in the high-stakes competition for a 4,000-job assembly plant that Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda are aiming to build in the United States. But news comes today from Greg Hinz at Crain’s Chicago Business that Illinois won’t get this plum. As Hinz reported: The apparent reasons: lack of shovel-ready sites and the state’s failure... Read more »
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Right to Work is growing

“Governing” reports: Several states have already passed right-to-work laws this year — and their reach may finally expand into the Northeast…. “Twenty-five years ago, right-to-work was not a marquee issue, but support has been steadily growing,” said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee. “The battle over public-sector unionization in Wisconsin helped... Read more »

Donald Trump scorecard: He hits a home run with his nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary

The Donald Trump Scorecard(c) tracks his decisions and actions Just when you thought that progressives and the far left (they’re the same) were calming down after the election of Republican Donald Trump as president, they have hurled themselves back into orbit over his nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. Karen Lewis, boss woman of... Read more »

The grim truth about Chicago's pension mess...

and a possible solution. While the Chicago Teachers Union and other mouthpieces for those luxurious government pensions prattle on about how unfair they’re been treated, the grim truth is that Chicago’s public pensions are in much worse shape than we’re being led to believe. If you doubt it (and can get past your built-in, blind... Read more »
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Not Parody: CTU's Karen Lewis blames everyone except herself and Madigan

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis blamed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Chicago Public School district leadership for Chicago and the state’s school funding mess. That’s rich. Can you think of anyone who is more responsible for Chicago and some state public schools tripping over  the brink of financial collapse than Lewis, the... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union greed maims Illinois

When the Chicago Teachers Union blitzed Springfield on Wednesday to intimidate lawmakers into collapsing before the teachers’ outrageous demands for more, more and more, they unfurled a sign hanging from the gallery proclaiming, “Rauner’s Greed Hurts Illinois.” They got that wrong. It’s the Chicago Teachers Union greed that is maiming Illinois, sending it into hospice... Read more »

The real reason for the Chicago Teachers Union strike against the students

At first, the Chicago Teachers Union said that the one-day walkout on Friday, April 1, was because its members were getting shafted by the Chicago Public School system. Shafted, as in being asked to shoulder some of the efforts to keep CPS’ from falling into bankruptcy. Then, gee, someone must have realized that depriving students... Read more »
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Illinois turns retired state college employees into millionaires. How does your pension compare?

Total up what you expect to receive from your private pension and social security and see if it matches the astonishing rich pensions that the state of Illinois (i.e. taxpayers) gives to its public university employees. There’s a guy who, believe it, is expected to receive a $22.3 million lifetime state sponsored pension. He leads... Read more »
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