Retirees who substitute teach in Chicago got double trouble in May 2007

Retired Chicago teachers who work as substitute teachers in the Chicago system were reminded twice in May of the good old days when they were still working for one of the most dysfunctional organizations in the USA.

When the Board of Education changed to its new computer systems for payroll, not only did regular teachers and other workers miss their pay, but retired teachers had “pension” deducted from their paychecks even though they are already collecting pension and no longer have to pay into the pension fund.

Apparently, nobody told the multi-million dollar consultants who reorganized the computer software for the school system to include that little warning in the payroll system: Don’t take out pension for people already receiving pension.

A second problem in May arose when the Board of Education’s computerized calling system for substitute teachers broke down. With CPS trying to replace people with robots wherever possible, this meant that teachers who wanted to substitute teach had no place to call in to make themselves available, and schools that needed substitutes could not get them unless they maintained their own lists. A Board spokesman said the problem had been fixed by month’s end. 


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