American Federation of Teacher President Randi Weingarten gave her stamp of approval to the awful pension deal worked out between the We Are One coalition and Senate President John Cullerton.
“Instead of focusing on blaming, scapegoating and trying to eviscerate public workers—as is the sport in so many states—there was a real effort in the Senate-passed measure to reach consensus with state workers and find a fair solution to fixing the pension system.”
This continues the tradition of the leaders not just claiming they cut a deal that needed to be cut.
It “fixed the pension system.”
How is that possible?
The deal does barely anything to address the $100 billion dollar pension liability.
And the only ones paying more going forward are members of the pension system. Teachers and other public service workers.
This reminds me of the leaders’ pronouncement that Senate Bill 7 wasn’t just a bad deal that they were forced to agree to (which they weren’t).
It was a model for the nation.
It was teacher-led reform.
Here’s the news, Randi.
Nothing is fixed by this.