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Union Lobbyists Substitute-Teach for One Day, Get $1 Million Pensions

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From the Twitter feed of Michael Hewlett comes this incredible tale of union flim-flamming of Illinois taxpayers.

Writing at Forbes, OpentheBooks.com founder Adam Andrzejewski explains that in 2012, Illinois reformed its particularly loose public-pension rules specifically to squeeze out a lot of recipients who shouldn't really have qualified for taxpayer-funded retirements. The new law specifically came about after news leaked that two teachers-union lobbyists, Stephen Preckwinkle and David Piccioli, had managed to get pensions worth more than $1 million after substitute teaching for just one day apiece.

A couple of weeks ago, we spotted Preckwinkle and Piccioli within a long list of 30 state retirees from the Illinois Federation of Teachers (private sector teachers union).  Sure enough, in 2014, Piccioli is receiving $30,564 and Preckwinkle $37,416 pensions (click here for their life expectancy pension payouts of nearly $1 million each). The experience was a bit overwhelming, even for our seasoned team of forensic investigators….

Sadly, these cases represent a systematic problem. The Washington Times recently ran a story based on data collected at OpenTheBooks.com exposing 40 private sector union leaders from the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers who cleaned out $5,000,000 a year in Illinois teacher pensions.

Data at OpenTheBooks.com shows that twenty-four of those union employees have already collected more than $1 million in retirement pensions.  Because the union is a private sector employer, taxpayers have no say in the active salaries awarded to the union employees, but guarantee funding for the lifetime pension payouts.

Such antics help explain why the five public pensions in Illinois have a liability of $100 million and may run out of money by 2029, says Andrzejewski.

Whole thing here.

Take it away, Lulu:

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  1. Wow. Just wow.

  2. The problem with the schools is that they’re underfunded.

    1. Nothing left to cut! Also, teachers’ unions are on the side of the angels.

      1. If it weren’t for them, we’d all be working 7 days a week for $3 an hour!

    2. Why do you hate the children?

      1. They require too much cooking time.

        1. Dude. Sous vide. Yeah, it takes a long time, but you can just ignore it until its done.

          And man, talk about tender. . . .

    1. [B]ut in 2023, the infamous “year of perpetual summer,” lived up to its name, taking 500,000 lives worldwide and costing nearly $500 billion in losses due to fires, crop failures, and the deaths of livestock and companion animals. The loss of pet cats and dogs garnered particular attention among wealthy Westerners, but what was anomalous in 2023 soon became the new normal (p. 8-9).

      1. Perpetual summer? Imagine what I could save on heating costs? I use propane!!

    2. Another disaster-porn book for the eco-nuts to stroke off with. These people are truly ill in the head.

  3. And teachers have the nerve to bitch about taxpayers not covering their pension shortfalls. There wouldn’t be any shortfall if the cheaters were removed from the pension plan.

  4. It’s a labor of love.

    For the children.

  5. Because the union is a private sector employer, taxpayers have no say in the active salaries awarded to the union employees, but guarantee funding for the lifetime pension payouts.

    Ho-lee shit. That is some racket. Remind me again why we-

    Oh, right. It’s for the childrunz and teachers are underpaid, overworked self-sacrificing heroes of the modern age.

  6. my co-worker’s half-sister makes $61 every hour on the laptop . She has been without a job for ten months but last month her payment was $18461 just working on the laptop for a few hours. use this link……

    ???? http://www.netjob70.com

    1. Is your co-worker’s half-sister hot?

      1. Well, 18461 / 61 is ten hours a day. If she’s actually ON the laptop that much, I’d say she’s got a hot ass at least.

        Is she a Mexican lesbian?

    2. When you say half-sister, do you mean she has no arms or legs?

      1. Hermaphrodite.

  7. I was having dinner with some friends who have kids about the same age, and the three of them were all complaining about Mrs. X, a notoriously lousy teacher in the high school. Unable to help myself, I pointed out that the reason nothing could or would be done about Teacher X is the union cares about the teacher, not your kid.

    As you might expect, the conversation turned to what a horrible person I am for saying teachers don’t care.

    Moral of the story: most people can’t connect the dots.

    1. So, after bitching that this teacher doesn’t care, they yell at you for saying the teacher doesn’t care?

      1. Pretty much. My point was that the union doesn’t care. They protect teacher x, regardless of whether your kid is getting an education, which apparently (s)he is not, which is what they were griping about to begin with. I was just doing a little root cause analysis.

    2. Well, personally, I’d have learned my lesson from that. Next time the topic came up, I’d say something to the effect of “Well, I’m sure the teachers’ union cares about your little snowflake. Why don’t you post a complaint to them about their lackluster member.”

  8. Moral of the story: most people can’t connect the dots.

    Intentions, man; that woman must have gone into teaching because she loves children and wants to nurture their inquisitive little minds. She just gets a little tired, some days.

    1. You know what would make her a better teacher ? A Masters Degree. Let’s buy her one of those, and give her a raise for having it.

  9. Nick Gillespie, you made a giant typo. The liability is not $100 million, it is $100 BILLION.

  10. These abuses are indeed an incredible disgrace but there’s an error in the article’s first sentence. “Union flim-flamming” isn’t to blame. Blame the corrupt INDIVIDUALS collecting pensions they didn’t earn AND blame the corrupt or just plain incompetent Illinois legislators that drafted the pension reform legislation that allows those individuals to steal pensions. Additionally, Illinois taxpayers aren’t the ones being hit the hardest by these cheats. These two featherbedding lobbyists and others like them are stealing from the pension funds union members have contributed to for thirty or forty years just like Illinois legislators have been doing for years.
    I wonder- is STEVE Preckwinkle related to Cook County Board President and Executive Vice Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party TONI Preckwinkle?

    1. Preckwimkle is a very common name in IL, so who an tell? I think it’s Dutch.

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