Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Yikes, even Dems are pushing back against Govt Unions

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants county employees to pay more toward health care costs and pension plans as part of a long-term strategy to rein in spending.

"We're now in a position where public employees are seen as privileged in relation to the rest of the population because we have both decent salaries and very good benefits," Preckwinkle said Wednesday at a news conference marking her first 100 days in office.

She said the 4 percent share employees pay of their health care costs is "just not sustainable." An aide said the administration will research alternatives before negotiating with unions on potential changes.