It is appalling that the politicians considered legislation that would have a negative impact on teacher’s pensions. Legislators are contemplating giving retired schoolteachers a choice between health benefits and a 3% annual rise on their pension, fixed incomes.
Shame, Shame and shame. One of the hardest jobs there is these days is teaching school. Teachers are not allowed to just teach. Sometimes they are surrogate parents, social workers, policemen and counselors to both parents and students. It goes with the territory. And by the way the teacher doesn’t know if little Johnny is packing and she might have to stop the fight.
Teachers are being asked to work longer hours but with the same pay. So, then when they meet retirement in the face, they will then have to choose between medical care and a modest raise. NOT Fair. First of all, health benefits becoming increasingly important as we age and secondly on a fixed income, does not mean that your expenses won’t continue to go up.
To ask teachers to work longer days with no additional pay and then retire with limitations is insulting to the profession.
Understood that the state is broke and these measures are attempts to balance the budget and to save money. But why not consider other alternatives. Namely,
Casinos. Raise the taxes on alcohol beverages; raise income taxes by 1%. And in so far as the City of Chicago is concerned, why not adjust the parking meter fees for its ridiculously high rates, particularly on no parking days.
Maybe these adjustments would get the teachers paid. By the way did the politicians adjust their pensions?