I posted earlier today about Rahm’s claim he had a city pension deal.
He claimed a few days ago through the Sun-Times reporter Fran Spielman that a pension deal with the CTU was “hours away.”
The CTU quickly shut that nonsense down.
Back before the elections Senate President John Cullerton declared that passing a bill cutting city pensions was job one when the General Assembly got back in session.
But they’ve been back in session over a month it doesn’t even look like job ten.
And why should it be? The smart thing would be to wait until the courts decide on Senate Bill 1.
Plus state employee’s are pissed at Quinn enough now because he signed the pension bill he had declared he was put on earth to enact.
Beating Rauner is going to take every single union member voting for Squeezy and from what I hear from teachers around the state, that is going to be one tough job.
Rahm’s claim that he has union agreement on this latest plan appears as truthful as his claim that a CTU agreement was at hand.
Most employees covered by this alleged agreement are members of unions that are part of We Are One Chicago.
We Are One is not on board. So, who did he make this bargain with?
Reports are that the Governor, Cullerton and Madigan all met prior to the Quinn’s budget address. The continuation of the 5% flat income tax, the Millionaire’s tax and other parts of the Quinn budget are basically a done deal, according to these reports.
National and state Democratic Party leaders don’t want a Republican governor in Springfield.
It may not get us the revenue plan we want, but it will be a revenue plan.
It doesn’t seem to me that another pension cutting bill, this one aimed at Chicago public employees, fits into that plan.
Unless they want to change the name plate over the governor’s office door.