How the shift away from traditional pensions has widened the retirement wealth gap.

Reposted from RetirementRevised.com Monique Morrissey is an economist specializing in retirement security and financial markets at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. EPI has made its mark as the premier think tank in D.C. focused on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans. Notably nearly 30 percent of its support comes from organized labor, […]

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Union democracy, PACs and dues.

When I was in charge of an Illinois Education Association local we were very careful about keeping dues money and political action money separated into totally different buckets. We had to be very careful, and I was warned over and over again by union leadership in Springfield – and by my IEA Uniserv Director – […]

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Cannabis in a historical context. Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers with Anton Seals Jr.

While Chicago community organizer Anton Seals Jr. has an infectious laugh, he is dead serious about economic development and equity for the city’s south side and west side African American communities. He grew up in South Shore of activist parents. His Dad was a south side field organizer for the Harold Washington campaign. “I got […]

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Friends of Michael Madigan has twice the money as the state Democratic Party. Guess where teacher dollars went?

To be clear, teacher union dues do not go to political campaigns. That is a lie spread by those like the Illinois Policy Institute. The IPI was a big backer of Mark Janus in the case where the Supreme Court banned agency fees and fair share. Union teachers can donate to the political campaigns which […]

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Steelworker. Steelworker Park.

The Chicago Park District’s Stephen Bell met me at the entrance to Steelworker Park by the statue of a steelworker family. The statue was created by local artist Roman Villarreal. Stephen Bell is responsible for a large area of parkland that covers the south east side of the city. It’s known as the Big Marsh. […]

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Las Vegas teachers union, Nevada’s largest, bets on Bernie. A year ago they disaffiliated from the NEA.

After the fiasco in 2016 when the national teachers unions manipulated an endorsement of Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, a number of big teacher locals are taking matters into their own hands. The Los Angeles Teachers Union has already endorsed Bernie. And now the Clark County Education Association has […]

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IEA member’s voluntary PAC money went to pay for Madigan #metoo scandal.

In December it was revealed that nearly $900,000 was paid out by the political action committee, Friends of Michael J. Madigan, in the case of Alaina Hampton. Alaina Hampton has accused Madigan operative Kevin Quinn of sexual harassment.  Hampton agreed to a $75,000 settlement. The remaining nearly $900,000 went to lawyers. Madigan is reported to […]

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