CPS to phase out pension pickups for nonunion

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CHICAGO--Chicago Public Schools' non-union staffers will have to start paying their own pension contributions.

The new boss of CPS made the announcement in a letter to workers Wednesday.

About 2,100 staffers currently chip in 2% of their pay for pensions. The school system picks up another 7%.

CEO Forrest Claypool says the pickup will be phased out over the next three years and the employees will pay the full 9%.

The change doesn't affect teachers, but the head of the Chicago Teachers Union says, if Claypool tries to cut teachers' pension pickup, they're ready to strike.