Pension thieves and union busters.

Mark Glennon was one of Governor Rauner’s point men on pension thievery. Glennon publishes an online site called Wirepoints. What is helpful about Glennon is that he and his web site embody the right wing’s key anti-worker agenda items in a single one-stop shop: Pension thievery and union busting. It also demonstrates how out of […]

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The Tier II pension time bomb.

  Andrew Bodewes, legislative director for the Illinois Teacher Retirement System, told a legislative panel back in March that Tier II pensions soon are likely to fail to meet the federal adequacy test. “So that means once the Tier II teachers are retiring, each and every school district will have to perform a test on […]

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Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. An Israeli helicopter fighter pilot and a barrio reporter.

In September of 2003, 27 Israeli pilots signed the Pilots Letter. In the letter they announced their refusal to fly missions over the occupied territories. Our in studio guest, Yonatan Shapira, author of the letter and one of its signers, was an officer in the Black Hawk helicopter squadron who had flown hundreds of missions […]

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Illinois’ Tier II is in violation of the law and Pritzker’s pension panel almost says so.

It was a decade ago that I stood on the floor of the Illinois Education Association’s Representative Assembly as a delegate and pleaded with them not to open the door to discussions with the General Assembly on pension reform. Madigan would read it as our concession, I warned. And that’s just what he did. We […]

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The democratic part.

We landed at O’Hare last night just before midnight. It’s a ten hour flight from Athens to JFK. We then had a four hour lay-over until the final two hours to Chicago. I’m feeling good this morning, although I will probably crash pretty early this evening. Athens, Delphi and the island of Paros made our […]

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Weingarten and conservative Dems want a two-tier health insurance system.

  In a previous post I wrote how American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten has broken with the position of her own union in advocating for work-based health insurance in opposition to those running for president like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Sanders and Warren advocate for universal healthcare in the form of Medicare […]

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What if everything you know about teacher pay was provided by a racist who thinks immigrants are mentally deficient?

Libertarian union-hater, Michael Antonucci, has always been a teacher low pay denier and teacher shortage denier. But now Antonucci has reached down into the racist gutter for his latest attempts to discredit the data on teacher pay and teacher shortages. Antonucci in The 74 Union Report: Nowhere is this better illustrated than in an extensive […]

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