A response from Glen Brown to Crain’s Chicago Business. We are tired of skewed coverage regarding so-called pension reform, and we are tired of the media’s omission of the most significant facts about public pension debt and anyone who talks or writes about “spending money on pensions overtakes spending on children’s education,” or the state’s […]Read More Responding to Crain’s: “Illinois policymakers have favored corporate interests.”
A voice for Chicago’s corporations, Crain’s Chicago Business is taking the opportunity of a new Illinois governor and new Chicago mayor to weigh in on the state’s pressing issues. This month it is pensions. They even take credit for Mayor Lightfoot’s speech last week at the luncheon of the Chicago Federation. Without any details, Mayor […]Read More Crain’s pension forum: Death and double talk.
Troy LaRaviere was on our first Hitting Left over two years ago. This makes his third visit, his first since a try at running for Chicago Mayor. Rahm hadn’t yet dropped out when Troy announced. On this week’s radio broadcast/podcast Troy spends some time reflecting on why his campaign didn’t play out the way many […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Troy LaRaviere returns to the show.
I am still thinking about how Ta-Nahesi Coates made the case for reparations yesterday, Juneteenth, in testimony before a Congressional committee. I’m no advocate for a national curriculum. However, if I were king, Coates’ presentation – only 8 minutes in length – would be required in every high school in America. The hearings were all […]Read More Write the check. Pass the workweek ordinance.
2018 was the year of the Red State Teacher Revolt. Tens of thousands of teachers across the country in right-to-work states, where collective bargaining is illegal, took to the streets. It was inspiring. One of those who was inspired was Evanston teacher, Clare Kelly. Clare and her teacher colleague Trisha Connolly, NEA members and delegates […]Read More Red state teacher revolt. Why did the NEA hide the support page?
Janus was supposed to spell the end of public employee unions. When the Supreme Court ruled against the unions and ended the right to a union shop, membership was expected to decline. It seems to have declined, but not by as much as was expected by union busters and union leaders. The National Education Association’s […]Read More Teacher union shows membership numbers stabilizing but they can’t seem to get it right on presidential endorsements.
A few months back I got into a discussion with State Representative Robert Martwick about Tier III teacher pensions. Martwick, a Democrat, heads the legislative pension committee in Springfield and parades as a friend of teachers. He argues for a plan to privatize teacher pensions and move them from a defined benefit plan to a […]Read More State Representative Martwick and the move to privatize teacher pensions.
A social justice reform prosecutor. It sounds like an oxymoron in a country that has 25% of the world’s prisoners. Our prison population rate is the highest in the world. Our criminal justice system is racist and targeted at poor people and Brown and Black people. We have a cash bail system that jails the […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Chesa Boudin is running for San Francisco District Attorney.
Chicago Sun-Times. Retired Cook County workers are entitled to county health care even if they later worked elsewhere. An appellate court rejected a Cook County retirement board’s “last-employer” rule. The court’s decision allows retired county employees to keep their county health care even if they go on to another employer. In an opinion released last […]Read More “Retiree health care is probably the most important expense most retirees have, and without health care coverage, people — senior people — have more than they can pay.”
Ah, let us not forget that defined-benefit pension plans have an economic impact of several hundred billion dollars each year and support several million American workers in their jobs; they contribute over a hundred billion dollars to annual local, state, and federal revenue, while reducing government expenditures; they also provide capital to the financial markets, […]Read More The IPI calls me a Red for defending pensions. I don’t mind. But Glen Brown explains how our defined benefit pensions benefit the capitalist system.