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From Jo Patton, speaker at August 19 meeting
Governor Rauner is making extreme and harmful demands at the bargaining table that he knows state workers can’t possibly agree to. Here’s what member should do.
PRIVATIZATION TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE ORDINANCE.
Sample letters to editors for members who wish to express their opinions publicly.
From Charlie Hogan
From Lori Clark, Jane Addams Senior Caucus–Moral Monday rally
From Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax, Roberta Lynch’s response to Governor Rauner
From Crain’s Chicago Business, Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The Illinois pension disaster: What went wrong
It didn’t happen by accident. Governors and legislators, Republicans and Democrats, repeatedly approved financially toxic changes that created the worst-funded pension system in the country. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/pensions
From WEEKLY RETIREE NEWS DIGEST, Volume 20, August 8 – August 14
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SPECIAL AFSCME VIDEO: Kids Try Out Right-Wing Ideas
This video was released Wednesday morning has a follow up to the first Republican debate.
AFSCME Press Releases/Statements from Pres. Saunders
Here’s to 80 Years of Social Security — and at Least 80 More
by Lee Saunders | August 14, 2015
Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act 80 years ago this week, but if you read what his critics were saying about it at the time, you might think it was just yesterday. It was a job killer and an attack on Big Business. In the words of Delaware Sen. Daniel Hastings, it would “end the progress of a great country.”
Retirement: A Party We All Want to Attend
Bailey Childers | August 14, 2015
Today we are wishing a happy 80th birthday to Social Security, one of the foremost accomplishments of the last century in providing Americans with a secure retirement. Formed in the wake of the Great Depression, Social Security helps Americans who work hard and play by the rules have a chance at a modest and secure retirement.
From the AFSCME Blog
After 66 Years on the Job, No Worries
by Pablo Ros | August 10, 2015
Tim Hyman in his office at the Maryland State Highway Administration explains the use of the Speed Graphic camera on his desk.
The longest-serving state employee in Maryland is about to retire, but don’t ask him about his retirement plans. After 66 years on the job as staff photographer for the State Highway Administration, Tim Hyman says he doesn’t have any.
(Corporate) America’s Embarrassing Income Gap
by Omar Tewfik | August 12, 2015
In yet another sign that rising income inequality is unsettling our nation, the SEC ruled that starting in 2017 most publicly traded companies must identify and disclose how much CEOs make relative to the median salary of rank-and-file employees.
In yet another sign that rising income inequality is unsettling our nation, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled that starting in 2017 most publicly traded companies must identify and disclose how much CEOs make relative to the median salary (middle salary) of rank-and-file employees.
Letter: AFSCME responds to Rauner claims
Darren Williams, President, Local 3600, Lawrence Correctional Center. Daily News, 8/10/2015 3:08:00 PM
As he attacks teacher pensions, Rauner also makes money from them
Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, August 12, 2015
For better and for worse, Governor Bruce Rauner has never made a secret of his deep contempt—bordering on hatred—for the Chicago Teachers Union …. So imagine my surprise when I got a call from a source I’ll call Cockburn—because he doesn’t want to be identified—informing me that Rauner’s old private equity firm was a paid consultant to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund. …. A spokeswoman for Rauner now stresses he retired from day-to-day control of GTCR before running for office—so stop bugging him about this stuff. But he hadn’t retired when he made those comments three years ago, and he still has an ownership stake in the firm.
From Chaya Rubenstein (S.O.R.E):
Next meeting of the Coalition to Restore Democracy
From Ron Cox (guest at last lunch meeting, retired CPS teacher)