June 26, 2011

The Continuing Crisis

Henry Bayer of AFSCME 31 and the We Are One Coalition
defends pensions on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.

ILLINOIS SHOULD honor current pensions. See Chicago Tribune, May 6, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-oped-0506-pensions-20110506,0,7486051.story.

ACADEMIC PROFESSIONALS at U of I Champaign-Urbana say reclassifying jobs as Civil Service a bad idea. See News-Gazette, May 8, http://www.news-gazette.com/news/education/2011-05-08/academic-professionals-say-reclassifying-ui-jobs-bad-idea.html.

MOVES TO reclassify APs to Civil Service at UIC catches the notice of the News-Gazette downstate. See News-Gazette, May 8, http://www.news-gazette.com/news/education/2011-05-08/moves-reclassify-300-chicago-add-worries.html.

HENRY BAYER, of AFSCME 31 and the We Are One Coalition, defends pensions on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight at http://tinyurl.com/65g2tgs.
The clip is taken from a longer piece on the Governor's budget plan and the rebuttal by the Civic Federation which is at the Chicago Tonight Website, http://tinyurl.com/5r2vafc. For clarification, the Civic Federation is a different group from the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago.

STATE EMPLOYEES—raises or jobs? See State Journal-Register, May 12: http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x447609496/State-employees-will-have-to-choose-raises-or-jobs-lawmakers-say.

THE TRUTH about the pension fight. See Progress Report, May 12:

PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS could cost double. See Springfield Journal-Register May 26: http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1355383674/Cross-pension-bill-spells-out-employee-contribution-levels.

THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE attacks Illinois public employee pension benefits, including scathing remarks impugning the three legislators who did not vote "Yes" for SB512 in the Personnel and Pension Committee hearings May 26. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-pension-20110526,0,5063662.story

SALARY INCREASE likely, says June 15 UIC News: http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/uicnews/articledetail.cgi?id=15438.

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