The same folks that picketed the State Capitol, demanding 2011's 67% state income tax hike, are now attempting to stir public sympathy by telling taxpayers in a "We are One" video how they've made sacrifices for their pensions. Now they want those generous pensions to be "guaranteed."
Perhaps AFSCME, SEIU and teachers' union employees should be reminded that 100 percent of their paychecks come from taxpayers, who've also been forced to make financial sacrifices to pay the portion of their pensions they've not paid in.
"We are One" is a coalition of state employee union members who are demanding their pensions payments be made by the state - and want those payments to be guaranteed. They say they are willing to pay more into the pension kitty, but are unwilling to limit COLA benefit raises or wage hikes.
At the same time, they want to repeal the corporate tax deals that kept major financial entities in Illinois, threatening thousands of jobs and job creators.