Pensions and Politics as UsualLatest, Pension Reform

by admin on September 25, 2012 with 3 comments

View release as a PDF CHICAGO – It’s politics as usual in Chicago, despite growing national attention to the government employee pension crisis, according to the president of one of the country’s largest taxpayer organizations. “Despite such articles as the Wall Street Journal’s 9/22/2012 ‘Pension Crisis’ proclamation, elected officials here and across the country seem …

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Fox News Illinois | Taxpayer advocate says Chicago teachers’ salaries ‘out of this world’

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Fox News Illinois | Taxpayer advocate says Chicago teachers’ salaries ‘out of this world’Illinois Press, Press

by admin on September 14, 2012 with 0 comment

TUA’s press releases on the Chicago Teachers’ Union and CPS administrators was featured in the following article at Fox News Illinois. SPRINGFIELD – As striking Chicago public school teachers took to the streets to picket Monday, one taxpayer-minded organization criticized the current salaries of the district’s school administrators and teachers, saying they add up to …

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Examiner | Both sides dig in for Chicago teachers strike

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Examiner | Both sides dig in for Chicago teachers strikeIllinois Press, Press

by admin on September 14, 2012 with 0 comment

TUA’s release on the Chicago Teachers’ Union was featured in the following article at examiner.com. Chicago. When the rules were changed to make it harder for Chicago teachers to strike, administration officials quietly bragged that the union would never garner the necessary votes to authorize a walk-out. Then, officials arbitrarily eliminated contractual raises the teachers …

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Charlotte Observer | Group: Redo state pensions

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Charlotte Observer | Group: Redo state pensionsNorth Carolina Press, Press

by admin on September 14, 2012 with 0 comment

Findings from TUA’s pension project on Charlotte, North Carolina, are featured in this article from the Charlotte Observer. A taxpayer advocacy group on Wednesday called for North Carolina leaders to reform the state’s pension system for government employees, including paying workers a fair wage so they can save more for retirement. Taxpayers United of America …

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News & Record | Comfortable retirement for many local public employees

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News & Record | Comfortable retirement for many local public employeesNorth Carolina Press, Press

by admin on September 14, 2012 with 0 comment

Findings from TUA’s pension project on Greensboro, North Carolina, are featured in this article from News & Record. An organization called Taxpayers United for America says state and local governments should reform their employee pension plans or face financial trouble down the road. It has provided information on pensions paid to local retired public employees. …

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Chicago Homeowners To See Big Property Tax Hikes Due To Government-School Retiree PensionsIllinois, Latest, Pension Reform

by admin on September 13, 2012 with 0 comment

View release as a PDF CHICAGO–Not only are Chicago homeowners going to see big increases in their property taxes due to the unconscionable 16% pay raise offered to striking Chicago government-school teachers, but the lavish, gold-plated pensions being paid to retired Chicago government teachers will result in additional hikes in their property taxes, according to …

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Union Label | Raises? Chicago Teachers Already Make An Average of $76,000 a Year!

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Union Label | Raises? Chicago Teachers Already Make An Average of $76,000 a Year!Illinois Press, Press

by admin on September 12, 2012 with 0 comment

TUA’s release on the Chicago Teachers’ Union was featured at the Union Label. One of the main reasons that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is striking is over what they consider the “insult” of a mere 16 percent offered pay raise. They want a 30 percent raise. But Chicago’s teachers already make an average $76,000 …

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