On our F/B site, City Workers Present and Past, the media’s interpretation and the politicians’ interpretation has been sickening to say the least.
There has been 99 different versions of just 1 ruling. As Hugh has stated a retiree would be out of their mind to re-bargain what they already have, and we agree. These twisters of facts to which 9 fingers is a master of ( he hasn’t told the truth in 5 years on anything ) just keep on going.
They keep referring to the unions as our happy go-betweens. These same unions are not the unions of old, as the CTU or a few other unions that still have honor and trust. Oh no, the opposite is true. They have turned into backstabbing, dues collecting , sheep herders, who only look out for themselves.
The Labors Pension board in Chicago is rigged the same way with 4 suits from City Hall appointed by the great bullshitter on 5 and 4 members from the union, all in bed with the devil on 5. IT IS LAW…A UNION CANNOT REPRESENT A RETIREE ON ANYTHING.
But yet that is never mentioned in media or these interpretations. So please to those politicians that have to say anything to justify their paychecks, do us retirees a favor: Pick up a broom and start sweeping the city if you want to earn a pay check, leave us retirees out of your conversations. There is no door left open when in fact that door has been slammed shut in your face by the courts.
What’s troubling is our current work force that these Judas’s can bargain for. We have warned them on our site that they better watch them good, in fact a few options should be explored. Consulting of outside help either from the goverment or legal council. The handwriting is on the wall with 1001 Laborers Union. Last election after they (ahem) bargained away benifits for the current workforce they donated 100,000 to 9 fingers campaign. Yes the same money that was collected from their membership.
In our lawsuits against the City we have also carried our currents with us. The COLAs of 3 % are in place as they retire and the second case on the theft of our promised health care is also fought with the intention of our current workers.
These are our brothers and sisters and if the union won’t protect them we sure in hell will do our best to protect them. But we can only go so far and can’t protect them if their union back stabs them again. They must be on their toes.
Attend every meeting, let it be known that ..NO, DON’T DIMINISH OUR BENEFITS AGAIN!
And before anyone paints me as anti-union, I am not.
I started in the alleys of Chicago as a laborer at age 15 ( yes I lied about my age). For my 36 years with the City I was union sponsored, 18 as a laborer, 9 as a foreman, and 9 as a District supervisor. Also 9 as a union stew. But it was a different union that was for its workers. They had honor and trust, never forgot that they were our protectors. Our pension fund was always funded between 90% and as high as 135%…YES 1 3 5 %. So you see I’m no way anti union but I’m anti-getting SCREWED.
And our brothers and sisters must watch their backs in all this.