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Monthly Archives: 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’

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

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

Examiner | Both sides dig in for Chicago teachers strike

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

News & Record | Comfortable retirement for many local public employees

News & Record | Comfortable retirement for many local public employees

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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