Archive for September, 2012

Pensions and Politics as Usual

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 [...]


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

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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 [...]


Examiner | Both sides dig in for Chicago teachers strike

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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 [...]


WCNC NewsChannel 36 | City, County employees retire in their 50′s and earn $100K+ pensions

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Charlotte, North Carolina, are featured in this story from WCNC NewChannel 36. To see video of the story, click below.


Charlotte Observer | Group: Redo state pensions

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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 [...]


News & Record | Comfortable retirement for many local public employees

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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. [...]


Chicago Homeowners To See Big Property Tax Hikes Due To Government-School Retiree Pensions

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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 [...]


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

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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 [...]


Charlotte Taxpayers Grapple With Crushing Government Pensions

View release as a PDF Charlotte—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of a new pension study of Charlotte Municipal and Mecklenburg County government retirees. “North Carolina lawmakers have only flirted with reforms of the government pension system, and not without boosting their own pensions,” stated Rae Ann McNeilly, Director of Outreach for [...]


Mayor Emanuel: Fire Striking Teachers, Or Be Fired Yourself

View release as a PDF CHICAGO–Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should, for once, take the side of Chicago taxpayers and fire the city’s striking teachers, said Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Huge raises have been offered to striking teachers. Four percent raises per year would take the average salary of Chicago government-school [...]


Platinum Pensions Crushing Taxpayers in Greensboro NC

View release as a PDF Greensboro—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of a new pension study of Greensboro and Winston-Salem municipal, and Guilford and Forsyth County government retirees. “North Carolina lawmakers have only flirted with reforms of the government pension system, and not without boosting their own pensions,” stated Rae Ann McNeilly, [...]


Chicago Government-School Administrators Really, Really Rake in the Bucks!

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO–The news that well-paid Chicago government-school teachers have gone on strike because they didn’t get a 29% increase in salaries over 2 years draws attention from the even more outrageous salaries that Chicago government-school administrators are getting, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Our recently-obtained [...]


Raleigh Taxpayers Crushed by Platinum Government Pensions

View release as a PDF Raleigh—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of a new pension study of Raleigh, Wake County, and North Carolina State government retirees. “North Carolina lawmakers have only flirted with reforms of the government pension system, and not without boosting their own pensions,” stated Rae Ann McNeilly, Director of [...]


Chicago Teachers’ Strike Would Be Just Plain Stupid!

View release as a PDF CHICAGO–Chicago teachers, who are the second-highest paid big-city teachers in the nation, are demanding an unconscionable pay hike while workers in the private sector struggle to keep their jobs, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “The average Chicago teacher makes $76,000 a year, according to [...]