Hyatt’s Pritzkers out to destroy teacher pensions. So the IEA remains a loyal customer.

As the Hyatt’s hotel workers organize for decent pay and working conditions, led by their union Unite Here, and the IEA ponders whether to hold our state convention at the Pritzker family owned Hyatt Regency O’Hare, I received some interesting information.

One of the loudest, most powerful corporate organizations in the state, the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, has been the leading voice in advocating the destruction of public employee pensions, most particularly the Teacher Retirement System.

The President of the Civic Committee is R. Eden Martin, a lawyer and vocal advocate against public school teachers and our retirement system.

And who else sits on the Civic committee?

Why Tom Pritzker  and Penny Pritzker.

By the way, the Hyatt Regency O’Hare unlike many other Hyatt properties is not just managed by the Hyatt corporation. It is a Pritzker family owned property.

The obvious question? Why does the IEA ever hold its convention at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare? What is the problem? In this economy we can’t find another facility in the Chicago area that can accommodate 1,000 delegates? And, please don’t tell me about the time line. This was all raised a year ago before the last state representative assembly.

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