Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sun-Times: Chicago Labor boss Gannon quits, will try to survive on pension

Chicago labor boss Dennis Gannon quits :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State

Gannon is a former steamroller operator for the city of Chicago.

He also collects the largest pension of any retired city employee, though his city pension of $153,649 a year isn't based on the salary he earned as a steamroller. Instead, Gannon used a little-known state law that allows him to have the amount that he gets for his city pension be based on the salary he made as a top union boss.

Even as Gannon collected a city pension based on his Chicago Federation of Labor salary, he was able to continue working for the CFL, which, according to the most recent records available, paid him $215,484 in 2007.

He'll just have to try to scrape by, poor dear. Notice that he's not exactly being accused of anything here, because there's no dispute that the law allows him to collect that money. The city of Chicago pays him a pension that's probably double what he made working for them, because they pay him a pension based on what he made working for someone else.

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