I’m thinking back to 2003 when our little suburban teachers union local went out on strike. It was one of the proudest moments of my working life as a union activist. The issue we walked out over was health insurance costs for the families of district employees. District employees had their insurance paid for as […]Read More On M4A, “I’m with Culinary,” Weingarten told me. It turns out, she isn’t listening.
Anne and I have been to Vegas a couple of times. We always have a good time. Never have as good a time as Bernie had Saturday. If you’ve never been you might not realize what a union town it is. It is solid. My main take away from the election, aside from pleasure at […]Read More Nevada illustrates the union divide between leadership and rank and file on health care.
When JB Pritzker submitted a budget proposal that quietyly eliminated the necessary state subsidy to retired teacher health benefits, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association immediately sent out an email blast. Today, Governor Pritzker delivered his budget address for fiscal year 2021. The Governor’s Budget Book outlines a reduction in the contribution for retired teacher health insurance […]Read More IEA on retiree benefit cuts. Don’t worry. Be happy.
The idea was that Hitting Left was going to be a weekly show. But sometimes you have to work overtime, even in retirement. Three shows this week. Veteran democratic educators Debbie Meier and Monty Neill last Friday. Historian and critic of standardized testing, Diane Ravitch on Thursday. Susan Sadlowski Garza, John Heroff and Curtis Black […]Read More A busy week at Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Deb Meier, Monty Neill, Diane Ravitch, Sue Sadlowski Garza, John Heroff and Curtis Black.
We don’t usually do two broadcasts and podcasts in one week. But Diane Ravitch was in town and we wanted her to be on our show. Her schedule was tight. So it had to be Thursday. The great host of Lumpen Radio’s News from the Service Entrance Mario Smith normally does his show on Thursday […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers with Mario Smith and Diane Ravitch.
JB Pritzker gave his budget address on Wednesday. There is much in it that was good. What he didn’t say in his speech is that he plans to shift – cut – state support for pension benefits in the form of cuts to payments to the health insurance provided to retired teachers. It might be […]Read More Pritzker’s budget cuts state payments to retired teacher pension health care benefits. It’s unconstitutional.
Former Governor Rod Blagojevich is back home in his north side house this morning, having been pardoned by the Criminal President. I agree with Mayor Lightfoot. “Blagojevich is a real touchstone for a lot of people of what is wrong in Illinois politics,” Lightfoot said, noting that the crimes for which Blagojevich was convicted were […]Read More Blago’s release should remind us that millions remain in jails and prisons in the United States. Vote Kim Foxx.
Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers will be joined by Diane Ravitch, live at a special time, Thursday, February 20 at 1pm. We broadcast at 105.5fm in Chicago and live stream at http://www.lumpenradio.com A shout out to Mario Smith who is sharing his show time so we can have this conversation with Diane about her […]Read More Diane Ravitch. Slaying Goliath. Live on Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. February 20th.
Crain’s is back at it again proposing unconstitutional solutions to the Illinois pension liability (cut benefits) and politically untenable ones (tax all retirement income). In a September op-ed, Ralph Martire, head of the non-partisan Center of Tax and Budget Accountability, argues for different and practical solutions: A graduated income tax and reamortization of the the pension […]Read More There’s a solution to the Illinois pension debt. They keep ignoring it.
Les locaux de #BlackRock pris pour cible à Paris après une intrusion au siège français. pic.twitter.com/F08RiVT7uK — Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) February 10, 2020 Siege underway of the (massive) BlackRock headquarters in Paris. Doors have been chained shut to keep the police out while protestors give offices an extreme makeover.#greve10fevrier pic.twitter.com/WoEhQdNX4X — Trey Sterling […]Read More France and a U.S. investment giant are rocked by pension protests.