Category: Organized labor

Illinois taxpayers are NOT required to keep feeding the state workers' pension funds

Why has feeding Illinois government workers’ pensions funds taken precedence over other desperate needs, especially as the coronavirus has added another crippling dimension to state’s already deadly fiscal crisis? Here’s a surprise: Illinois taxpayers don’t have to.  Not even to conform to the state’s constitution requirement that no government worker’s pension benefits can be diminished. No doubt... Read more »

Government pensions gobble up money that should go to the developmentally disabled

People with developmental disabilities in Illinois are going without services that make their lives better because there’s not enough money, according to a Chicago Tribune article. “Nearly 20,000 adults with developmental disabilities are waiting for help from the state to live on their own”, describes how the state has failed to meet court-approved targets that... Read more »

"Illinois is the class dunce"

That’s what the Economist called Illinois in this article: State of denial – America’s public-sector pension schemes are trillions of dollars short* Police officers, teachers and other public workers face a brutal reckoning As the Economist reported: Illinois is the class dunce, with six languishing [pension] schemes. Chicago Municipal is just 25% funded and the... Read more »
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Will taxpayers subsidize striking teachers?

Will taxpayers end up paying teachers for every day they are on strike? Not a silly a question. In the private sector, striking workers actually give up their pay and they never recover the lost money. No so with Chicago schools. Every day a strike closes the schools is a day that in many cases must... Read more »

I've had enough. Hasta la vista, Chicago and Illinois

So long, Illinois. Goodbye, Chicago. Here, I was born and raised. Schooled and worked. Practically my entire life has unfolded in Chicago and close by. As a kid, I rode on Chicago street cars and the wooden “L” cars before there was a CTA. Took the old North Shore Line to high school and college.... Read more »

How to play hardball with the Chicago teachers' hardball strike

(1) Go to court to get an injunction against the Chicago Teachers Union’s illegal strike. (2) Fire teachers who are illegally living outside of Chicago. We read that this strike against Chicago’s public school children is about power. Very well, then play hardball against the Chicago Teachers Union that has decided to play hardball. This strike... Read more »
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Hey, CTU, you're not the school czar

The people, taxpayers and voters of Chicago are. Or at least they should be. But here comes the Chicago Teachers Union, bargaining as if it was the school board and the Chicago Public Schools board was the union’s underlying. Here comes the union, demanding all kinds of things that Illinois law says are outside of... Read more »

More Chicago Teachers Union baloney

The Chicago Teachers Union said in an email that “Despite CPS spin, ‘offer’ falls far short for low-wage teaching assistants, classroom needs.” But it’s in the union’s hands to make sure that the low-wage teachers get a better deal. The CTU moans that: ” Yet the wage floor for teaching assistants still hovers at $30,000/year—less... Read more »

Why the Chicago Teachers Union demands are outrageous

You don’t have to do a detailed statistical analysis of the Chicago Teachers Union costly demands are outrageous. But if you want more detailed information, turn to the analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute. Before we begin, the union response will be that the Institute is just a right-wing, anti-tax, anti-union outfit that should stick its... Read more »
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High and mighty Chicago Teachers Union president warns Mayor Lightfoot

Jesse Sharkey, fresh off re-election as Chicago Teachers Union president, huffs and puffs that if new Mayor Lori Lightfoot doesn’t “transform” Chicago Public Schools (the way the union wants) then she better watch out. The Chicago Tribune quotes Sharkey announcing immediately after his re-election,  “We hope that the new mayor makes good on her promises to transform... Read more »
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