Monopoly Bargaining Creating Teacher Pension Crisis in Illinois

It’s almost become an everyday occurrence in states that allow teacher union officials to control working conditions.  Although the Janus decision has freed teachers from having to pay forced dues, they are still subject to the compulsory unionism of exclusive representation and monopoly bargaining, as are taxpayers.  Teacher union officials have bargained and bought Illinois lawmakers to such a point that their own salaries may be in jeopardy if the pension crisis continues there.  Then there is the probability that the state will turn the Teacher Retirement System over to local school boards leaving them to figure out how to pay for the wages of monopoly bargaining.

Dan Haley has the story on

A year ago, in a moment of fiscal sanity, state legislators reduced the maximum amount local school districts could bump the salaries of retiring teachers over their final four years of work. The cap went from 6 percent (multiplied by four years = 24 percent pay hike) to 3 percent (multiplied by four years = 12 percent).

Now in the blaze of end-of-session lawmaking that captured our attention a month ago, it turns out that the Democrats who run Springfield — house, senate and the governor’s mansion — very quietly did the bidding of union teachers and reset the bump to 6 percent.