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Who’s Making Decisions About Your Pension Fund?

June 24, 2011 by clong  
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By Cindy Long Some states are pushing to replace educator representatives on pension trustee boards with political appointees. They claim it’s to restore health to the funds, but research shows that boards with strong member representation deliver better pension fund earnings. The Tennessee state senate approved a bill this month that would strip the Tennessee Education [...]

A Wave of Teacher Retirements on the Horizon

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By Mary Ellen Flannery In Wisconsin, the number of state employees who have applied to retire this year is already 73 percent over last year – and public schools are bracing for a full-on stampede before contracts end in June. Educators simply can’t afford to stay on. With Gov. Scott Walker’s success in gutting collective [...]

Four Things You Need to Know About the Pension “Crisis”

March 17, 2011 by twalker  
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Across the United States, public employee pensions are being held up as the embodiment of all that ails state budgets. Listening to the panic and misinformation, you’d think pensions were overblown, excessive, and headed for ruin. To avoid a fiscal meltdown, these lawmakers insist drastic measures are essential because retirement systems are causing a  “crisis.” [...]

Behind the Right-Wing Attacks on Collective Bargaining

March 4, 2011 by clong  
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By Cindy Long Despite opposition within its own GOP ranks, and several national polls showing that the public supports collective bargaining, Republicans in Wisconsin, Ohio, and a growing number of other states around the country are determined to strip the rights of public employees under the guise of balancing state budgets. “We’re staying focused on [...]

Standing Up For Pensions

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By Mary Ellen Flannery It’s certainly not the fault of union employees that state legislators have broken their promises to fund their pension systems or that Wall Street crashed the economy, costing over 8 million jobs and devastating state budgets. And yet, all over the country, lawmakers are unfairly demonizing teachers and other public employees, [...]