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  • Supreme Court case could impact public unions

    05/27/2014 8:59:24 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 6 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 05/27/2014 | Nicandro Iannacci
    A largely overlooked Supreme Court case has the potential to fundamentally alter the right of public employees to unionize — and a ruling could be handed down as early as this week. That case, Harris v. Quinn, comes from the great state of Illinois, which recognizes a union for its home health care workers. One of those workers, Pamela Harris, is the lead plaintiff. At issue are two critical questions. First, can the state actually recognize a union of such workers? And second, do these workers have a First Amendment right to refuse to pay their “fair share” of the...
  • ‘Out of touch’ unionized public employees strike over 14.5 percent raise

    11/19/2013 12:50:46 PM PST · by Q-ManRN · 11 replies
    Illinois Watchdog ^ | November 19, 2013 | Benjamin Yount
    Taxpayers in Will County have offered its public employees a hefty pay raise and are willing to pick up 90 percent of the cost for their health insurance, but that’s not good enough for members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 1028. The labor stats show 35 percent of government workers are in a union, compared to just 6 percent of private-sector workers. The same report shows that unionized public sector employees are paid 27 percent more than private-sector workers. “County employees pay one percent of their salaries for single coverage and two percent for...
  • Massachusetts public workers protest bill that would cut retiree health benefits

    10/31/2013 1:52:38 PM PDT · by matt04 · 20 replies
    Hundreds of people, many of them union members, turned out at the State House on Thursday to oppose a bill that would save the state and municipalities a significant amount of money by cutting retiree health benefits for public employees. Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed the bill as a way to address the approximately $46 billion unfunded liability for retiree health benefits faced by state and municipal governments. “Modifications to retiree health care coverage are essential to keep the system sustainable for future state and municipal career employees and to maintain core government services for future generations,” said Secretary...
  • Greece starts firing civil servants for first time in a century

    04/27/2013 4:18:29 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 34 replies
    Christian Science monitor ^ | April 26, 2013 | Nikolia Apostolou
    The Greek government began its first mass-firing of public-sector workers in more than 100 years this week, part of an effort to lay off 180,000 by 2015 under Europe-imposed austerity. Pushed by its European creditors amid its crippling economic crisis, Greece began this week to do something it hasn't done in more than 100 years: fire public-sector workers en masse. Following weeks of tough negotiations with its lenders – the "troika" of the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the European Central Bank – the Greek government started laying off public-sector workers in an effort to implement the austerity...
  • The elephant in the room

    12/16/2012 2:37:47 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 3 replies
    Athens News ^ | 11/08/12 | Athens News
    Of course, Greeks must tighten their belts. But is the decimation of the middle class - through a change in labour laws and unbearable tax burdens - the way out of Greece’s financial impasse? At the same time, next to nothing has been done about the ineffectual and massively unproductive public sector which brought the country to its knees in the first place. The entrenched fear of unions and political cost has for decades prevented successive governments from taking drastic action to reform and modernise an antiquated civil service which, in many ways, instead of serving citizens and their interests...
  • Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike

    09/16/2012 5:24:13 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies
    Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike By STEPHANIE BANCHERO The Chicago public school teachers strike entered its second week after the teachers union declined Sunday to call off a week-long walkout that has catapulted the city into the national debate over teacher evaluations and job security. Only hours earlier, Chicago Teachers Union officials had trumpeted new concessions they said they had extracted from Mayor Rahm Emanuel during talks to settle the strike that started last Monday and has canceled classes for 350,000 students in the nation's third largest district. The vote to continue the strike came Sunday night by the...
  • Video Gov. Christie: Please Don't Send Me Any More Money To Hire More Public Employees

    08/08/2012 8:05:02 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/8/2012 | Chris Christie
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he doesn't want the federal government sending more money to the states for a variety of reasons.
  • Miami seeks $40 million in union concessions - “financial urgency” needed to balance budget

    07/14/2012 3:34:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 13, 2012 | KATHLEEN McGRORY
    Miami city administrators say they can balance the city’s $485 million operating budget without raising taxes, but it involves winning $40 million in union concessions. That may be easier said than done. Negotiations with the police union are stalling, Fraternal Order of Police President Armando Aguilar said. “I didn’t close the door, but I told them my ultimatum: I’m not willing to give up what we gave last year, and not what they want this year,” Aguilar said. Mayor Tomás Regalado said the city will likely have to declare financial urgency, a provision in state law that allows municipal leaders...
  • Police chiefs in California getting huge final paychecks

    07/11/2012 9:27:42 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 23 replies
    http://www.latimes.com/new ^ | 7/11/2012 | Sam Allen
    El Monte Police Chief Thomas Armstrong oversaw a modestly sized department, with 120 officers But when Armstrong stepped down last year, he was paid nearly $430,000 The payday was possible thanks to a clause in Armstrong's contract that allowed him to accrue unlimited sick and vacation hours and sell them back to the city at the end of his career. By the time he retired at age 56, Armstrong cashed out for roughly $200,000. And he's not alone. Similar payouts have been made in city governments across the state. Those employees include Roy Campos, Downey's former police chief, who was...
  • The Bell Tolls for the Government Unions

    06/08/2012 7:33:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    In 1919, after Boston police went on strike to protest the city's refusal to recognize their new union, Gov. Calvin Coolidge ordered the National Guard into the streets. Sam Gompers, the legendary father of American labor, wrote the governor that the Boston police had been denied their rights. Coolidge's terse reply put him in our history books: "Your assertion that the Commissioner was wrong cannot justify the wrong of leaving the city unguarded. ... There is no right to strike against the public safety by anyone, anywhere, any time." Ronald Reagan's firing of the striking air traffic controllers, whose union...
  • The Anti-Democratic Party [Wisconsin Recall]

    06/05/2012 1:53:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | June 5, 2012 | Matthew Vadum
    America’s Democratic Party lost its enthusiasm for democracy a long time ago. Today’s gubernatorial recall vote in Wisconsin a short time after the most recent general election is just another reminder of how far the party of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson has strayed from its honorable roots. Founded as a reaction against the elitist ways of the we-know-what’s-best-for-you Federalists of the early Republic, the modern Democratic Party can’t stop telling Americans what to do. Democrats are acutely mindful of Joseph Stalin’s aphorism that “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”...
  • Why Wisconsin Fights

    06/05/2012 1:38:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 5, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    As Wisconsin voters head to the polls for Tuesday’s gubernatorial recall election, they and citizens across the country will confront an enduring myth that has fueled public spending and debt from coast to coast: Government workers, Americans have been led to believe, sacrifice for the public good, earning less money than if they quit their posts and entered the vastly more lucrative private sector. While this meme may have held water at some point, it does not now. A website and quiz developed by the Independent Women’s Voice provides a quick education on how this left-wing lie turns the facts...
  • Wisconsin recall's a 'test run,' DNC chair says

    05/27/2012 10:32:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/27/12 | Gabriella Schwarz
    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday classified Democratic efforts in the Wisconsin recall election as a “test run” for the presidential race. “It’s given the Obama for America operation an opportunity to do the dry run we need of our massive, significant dynamic grassroots presidential campaign,” the Florida representative said of the battleground state on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
  • Judge rules Wisconsin public union members must opt in on dues

    05/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    JSOnline via twincities.com ^ | 5/18/12 | Patrick Marley
    MADISON, Wis. -- State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct union dues from their paychecks. What's more, the judge did not rule on dues deductions for unions that he earlier found the state improperly decertified. The state's largest unions were decertified, and the ruling -- at least for now -- will make it harder for them to get money from dues. But U.S. District Court Judge William Conley gave unions one beneficial ruling by saying that...
  • Christopher Toner: What's at Stake in the Wisconsin Recall Election

    05/19/2012 6:12:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-19-12 | Christopher M. Toner
    Wisconsin's recall election is on, pitting Gov. Scott Walker against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. If Mr. Walker is voted out of office on June 5, what other politician will be willing to step forward to address America's entitlement challenges? Mr. Walker's record is well known: He limited collective bargaining for government labor unions and trimmed health-insurance and pension benefits, bringing them more in line with private business. Organized labor thinks Mr. Walker's reforms should be the end of his career. They argue, first, that public workers just wanted to "have a voice" in their employment. But public-school teachers are more...
  • Federal employees owe $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes

    04/14/2012 4:30:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 23 January 2012 | Ed O'Keefe
    Congressional staffers owed about $10.6 million in unpaid taxes in 2010, a slight increase from the previous year and a growing slice of the roughly $1 billion owed by federal and postal workers nationwide. The figures come as Republican efforts to pass legislation allowing federal agencies to fire tax delinquent federal employees have slowed and as the White House continues to crack down on improper payments made by agencies to delinquent government contractors and federal beneficiaries. About 98,000 federal, postal and congressional employees owed $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes at the end of fiscal 2010, according to records provided by...
  • Records detail discipline for doctors who gave protesters sick notes (Madison, WI)

    04/05/2012 1:02:50 PM PDT · by Jean S · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4/5/12 | Jason Stein
    Madison - The state medical school disciplined 20 doctors and fined 11 of them up to $4,000 for handing out sick notes to demonstrators at last year's labor protests, newly released records show. The records, requested by the Journal Sentinel last year under the state's open records law, show for the first time the extent of the discipline given to those doctors by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In several cases, doctors in more senior positions within the school also had to step away from those roles for a period of four months over one...
  • 16 Cities Likely to Declare Bankruptcy

    03/07/2012 10:00:02 AM PST · by doug from upland · 23 replies
    16 Cities Likely to Declare Bankruptcy Posted @ 1/12/2011 5:30 AM By Money Tree Posted in [Budget & Spending] | 2 Comments Will 2011 be the year of municipal default? Here is a list of 16 cities likely to face bankruptcy, as reported by Business Insider. San Diego, Ca. Deficit through June 2012 : $73 million Budget in FY2011: $2.85 billion Annualized gap: 1.7% The city's official have tried curbing the deficit by increasing sales taxes, but residents of the city strongly oppose this and have voted it down. San Diego already cut over $200 million over the past two...
  • Minn. worker files complaint against AFSCME

    02/14/2012 6:41:31 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 1 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 2-14-12 | MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE
    A switchboard operator has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the local American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, alleging violations of labor laws. Rebecca Holt, who works for Regions Hospital in St. Paul, filed the complaint filed the charges with the NLRB Region 18 office in Minneapolis claiming that she was threatened ...
  • (Former School) Superintendent (Indianapolis) With $1,000,000 Payout Wants More Money

    01/25/2012 4:27:44 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 4 replies
    indychannel ^ | 1.25.12
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A former school superintendent under fire for his $1 million retirement payout is claiming Wayne Township Schools owe him even more money. In a counterclaim filed by his attorneys Wednesday, Terry Thompson said the district breached his 2007 employment contract by prematurely ending his superintendent emeritus consulting job on Jan. 31, 2011, once Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney broke the news of the payout. Thompson claims the district still owes him for unpaid salary, post-retirement contributions, deferred compensation and severance pay, but the claim does not give an exact dollar figure.
  • One man’s campaign to upend Nevada’s tax structure

    01/15/2012 1:50:59 PM PST · by redreno · 7 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 | 2:01 a.m. | By Michael Squires
    A Las Vegas attorney will launch a legal and political effort this week aimed at establishing and funding a parallel state budget, beyond the reach of the Legislature and governor. Kermitt Waters seeks to place on the November ballot a proposed constitutional amendment calling for a sweeping overhaul of Nevada’s tax system — abolishing property taxes on single-family homes among other things while identifying and allocating new tax revenue. Waters said last week his proposal is borne of frustration with the status quo in Carson City. The state’s 63 lawmakers represent the powerful interests who fund their campaigns, he said,...
  • Devastating Info About Mitt Romney's Unelectability that He Wants to Keep from the Public!

    01/11/2012 5:50:49 PM PST · by xzins · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Bloggers and Personal ^ | Jan 11, 2012 | Xzins
    Mitt Romney is a loser...an election loser. In his 1994 senatorial campaign, he lost by a huge margin (by more than 17 points) in a year when Republicans took over Congress. Despite everyone else’s success, Romney managed to lose. Of all his campaigns he has won only once when he won a single term as governor of Massachusetts, but he quickly tarnished that close victory. After becoming governor in 2002 with Kerry Healey as his running mate, Romney proceeded to mismanage his position so that his approval dropped rapidly into the 40's and then the 30's. He left that mess...
  • Labor-unfriendly measures aim for 2012 ballot {CALIFORNIA}

    09/08/2011 9:11:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 9/8/11 | Jon Ortiz
    A few snippets of state worker news worth watching: • Three ballot measures drawing fire from public labor unions can begin collecting signatures, aiming to make a 2012 ballot. The initiatives would end public employee collective bargaining, tax six-figure CalPERS and CalSTRS pensions up to 25 percent and raise the minimum retirement age for members of those retirement systems to 65 (or 58 for sworn public safety officers). Labor teed off after the secretary of state's Wednesday announcement the measures could circulate. "These extremist attempts at undermining retirement security for millions of Californians are dead on arrival," said Steve Maviglio...
  • City sewer engineer paid $775k in 2010, more than any NYC employee;

    09/06/2011 11:14:11 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 30 replies
    ny dailynews.com ^ | Sept 6 2011 | BY Reuven Blau, Erin Einhorn AND Tracy Connor
    A city sewer worker made more last year than the police commissioner, the schools chancellor and the mayor - combined. Senior engineer Gerald Mistretta's pay was $771,841 - and six of his co-workers raked in nearly as much - thanks to a wage settlement with the city. His bottom line for the fiscal year that ended in June included a base salary of $109,850 a year, $173,000 in overtime - and nearly half a million dollars in back pay. The Brooklyn father of three said the one-shot windfall - which made him the top earner among city employees last year...
  • Taxes: How To Turn In Your Neighbor to the IRS

    09/05/2011 3:59:55 PM PDT · by jefferson31415 · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/3/2011 | Taxes: How To Turn In Your Neighbor to the IRS
    Maybe it's your brother-in-law, who has a new Mercedes and likes to quip that only fools pay all their taxes. Or else a contractor who overcharged for a home renovation and then demanded you make the check payable to "cash." The agency has two whistleblower programs... the reward can go as high as 30%.
  • A Labor Day that drips with irony

    09/05/2011 9:18:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/5/11 | Dan Walters
    California, like other Western states, was not fertile ground for labor union organization during the early 20th century, with Southern California employers being particularly hostile, even violently so, to union activity. As manufacturing took hold in the state during and immediately after World War II, however, union membership boomed, particularly in the defense industry, topping out at about 40 percent of the state's workers in the 1950s. The decline of manufacturing in the 1960s and 1970s hit unions hard, but they found a savior in Jerry Brown, who was elected governor in 1974. He signed long-sought collective bargaining legislation for...
  • Notices begin process of eliminating California government jobs

    09/04/2011 9:21:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/4/11 | Jon Ortiz
    The state has warned nearly 3,300 California state workers this year that their positions may disappear as the government grinds through a slow-motion layoff process that aims to shrink government over the next few years. The notices, overwhelmingly concentrated in the Sacramento area so far, represent the initial wave of warnings that eventually will lead to several thousand state jobs lost. Of the State Restriction of Appointment notices issued, 2,024 went to employees working in Sacramento County. Los Angeles County accounted for the next-highest number of potential layoffs with 800 notices going to workers there. More are coming. Many departments...
  • Appeals court rules Schwarzenegger had right to furlough workers in constitutional offices

    08/31/2011 9:00:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/31/11 | Denny Walsh
    The two-day-a-month unpaid furloughs of state executive branch workers ordered in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger legally applied to employees of California's elected constitutional officers, an appellate court in Sacramento ruled Tuesday. Applying the furlough order to the staffs of constitutional officers "does not violate the California Constitution's system of divided executive authority or impermissibly interfere with (the officers') statutory right to control the staffing and management of their respective offices," a three-justice panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal declared in a 47-page opinion. Schwarzenegger resorted to furloughs as a cost-saving device in the face of an overwhelming...
  • State, local governments employ more than two million

    08/30/2011 4:11:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/30/11 | Dan Walters
    California's state and local governments employed more than two million full- and part-time workers in 2010, and they were paid about $10 billion a month, a new data dump from the Census Bureau shows. The California data were gleaned from the Census Bureau's annual census of government employment, taken in March 2010, and indicate that state and local governments are, collectively, one of the largest segments of the state's $2 trillion per year economy. California's 2.16 million government employees translate into 1.79 million "full-time equivalent" workers, and the $9.7 billion paid to them in March 2010 translates into an average...
  • Furloughs end, but layoffs remain a possibility

    08/25/2011 10:05:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 8/25/11 | Jon Ortiz
    First, the good news for state workers: Next month about 25,000 of you return to steady full hours and full pay for the first time in 31 months. Now the bad: Layoffs are coming – the real kind, where real people go to the unemployment line. Roughly 200,000 state workers have been without full wages and work since former GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature started twice-monthly furloughs in February 2009. Then they added a third day a few months later. One unpaid day equals about a 5 percent pay cut. Last summer four unions representing those 25,000 operating...
  • Public Employee Compensation Problem Bigger Than Advertised

    07/29/2011 7:46:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/29/2011 | James Hohman
    An editorial in The Detroit News today calls on the state government’s employees to come to the bargaining table to offer concessions. It cites an analysis from University of Michigan economist Don Grimes that showed public-sector compensation increasing from $43,450 to $62,237 in the past decade, much higher than private-sector growth. But the state government compensation imbalance is worse than this. The numbers between the two groups are disparate because Grimes uses compensation from all state government employment — all workers at state universities would be included, for instance, instead of just the 50,000 people that get their paychecks direct...
  • Most Orlandfirefighters made more than $100,000 (ILLINOIS)

    07/20/2011 8:15:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 20, 2011 | Andy Grimm and Steve Schmadeke,
    Most Orland firefighters made more than $100,000 in 2010 Overtime added nearly $2 million to $21 million payroll By Andy Grimm and Steve Schmadeke, Tribune reporters July 20, 2011 The leaders of the Orland Fire Protection District say they're the best fire department in the state. At a minimum, they are probably among the best-paid, figures released Tuesday show. Of the 108 firefighters, lieutenants and engineers on the southwest suburban department's payroll last year, 79 were paid more than $100,000, according to salary data provided by new fire district board President James Hickey. Those paychecks were pumped up by overtime...
  • James O'Keefe: I've Got Evidence Public Employees Helped Fake Terrorists, Drug Smugglers

    07/13/2011 7:28:08 PM PDT · by randita · 16 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 6/13/11 | Ryan J. Reilly
    Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe has his digital alms bowl out. He says his non-profit group "needs $30,000 RIGHT AWAY" to finish his latest sting operation that he claims "dwarfs anything Project Veritas has exposed to date." His attacks on ACORN, Planned Parenthood, CNN, and NPR had varying degrees of success in taking down their targets or coming up with evidence to back his rhetoric. So who's next on his list? Government employees. "I can't reveal all the details yet, but I can tell you that we have evidence of government employees gladly offering public assistance to individuals representing themselves as...
  • NJ Assembly OKs bill hiking benefits costs (Limits Collective Bargaining for 4 years)

    06/23/2011 7:54:26 PM PDT · by NRG1973 · 13 replies
    The Associated Press via Google ^ | June 23, 2011 | ANGELA DELLI SANTI
    The New Jersey Assembly passed landmark legislation Thursday that requires public employees to pay sharply more for pension and health benefits, driving a wedge through the Democratic caucus that controls the chamber but was deeply divided on the bill. The 46-32 vote followed hours of often bitter closed-door debate among Democrats, then hours of emotional public speeches on the Assembly floor. Uniformed state troopers escorted several people from the gallery for disrupting the debate with cheers and jeers. The measure was fast-tracked through the Legislature after Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, struck a deal with Democrats and Republicans who lead...
  • Kickin' Back with Tax Payer Money

    05/26/2011 3:34:20 PM PDT · by chickadee · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 5/25/2011 | David Rubinstein
    After 34 years of teaching sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I recently retired at age 64 at 80 percent of my pay for life. This calculation was based on a salary spiked by summer teaching, and since I no longer pay into the retirement fund, I now receive significantly more than when I "worked." But that's not all: There's a generous health insurance plan, a guaranteed 3 percent annual cost of living increase and a few other perquisites. Having overinvested in my retirement annuity, I received a fat refund and — when it rains, it pours —...
  • California’s drunken-sailor budget syndrome

    05/17/2011 10:57:32 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 5 replies
    Imagine you’re irresponsible. Now imagine you’re the people in charge of California’s government budget. But I repeat myself. Imagine you have run up your credit card and borrowed beyond what’s reasonable. Imagine now that you have too little money because you have a spending problem. Then imagine you get a windfall bundle of cash. What would you do? Pay some outstanding bills? Pay down your credit card? Nah. You’d spend it. . .
  • Public V. Private.Ohio,Wisconsin,Other States Must Slim Down Gov Union Bennies, Especially Public Ed

    05/10/2011 3:28:22 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 1 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 5/10/2011 | JoeClarke.Net
    I wrote the below letter to the editor to a liberal editor at a liberal newspaper (Akron Beacon Journal) in a liberal city (Akron), and so it had to be not so critical of teachers, public employee unions in general, or Democrats at large. That is how you get an editorial written in local newspapers which have the same mindset as the NY Times. Dear Editor "I can understand why public school teachers would object to being judged by how they perform in schools where undisciplined and uninterested children stifle the teaches so much that they would never be able...
  • Winter Park pays consultant $2,500 a day to help fight union organizing effort

    05/10/2011 5:54:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 9, 2011 | Joseph Freeman
    Winter Park is paying a consultant $2,500 a day to help the city's staff dissuade about 150 city workers from joining a union. Employees in the public works, parks, fleet maintenance and water departments are likely to vote in June or July on whether to join the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, known as AFSCME. In the past few years, the city has done away with longevity bonuses and pay increases because of the economy. In late April, city commissioners voted 4-0, with Commissioner Carolyn Cooper not in attendance, to approve a contract with Kulture LLC, a...
  • Helpful Facts About Michigan's Public Sector

    04/28/2011 8:03:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/28/2011 | MichCapCon
    Please click in order to see handy graphsPublic Sector vs. Private Sector * Bringing public-employee benefits in line with private-sector averages would save $5.7 billion in Michigan. * Public-sector bargaining privileges are not inalienable rights. * Public-sector wages and benefits have increased while the private-sector's have fallen. * Insurance benefits per public-sector employee are $7,149 more per year than in the private sector. * Retirement benefits per public-sector employee are $11,725 more per year than in the private sector. * Since the beginning of the recession, the number of government jobs fell by 0.8 percent. Private-sector jobs fell 10.8 percent....
  • Unions at crossroads in states’ budget wars--Public employees are taking big hits

    03/22/2011 7:21:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2011 | Patrice Hill
    Public employee unions, the last bastion of an American labor movement in decline, are facing the fight of their lives this year as strapped state and local governments seek to permanently downsize their pensions, pay, benefits and bargaining rights. Powerful unions such as the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have been bruised in battles with Republican governors and legislators in Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana and other states that are grappling with record budget shortfalls and fighting to stave off insolvency. Even where state governments are controlled by Democrats, public employees such...
  • Bell rings for the new reformers in town of same name

    03/10/2011 10:10:16 AM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 1 replies
    We couldn’t resist the corny headline, but imagine living in a small town where police scoured the landscape for cars to confiscate on the slimmest excuse to help pay for the fat, make that grotesquely fat, salaries pulled down by the, ahem, civic leaders. If we lived in Bell, we’d ring a bell today too. “Incoming City Council members in Bell pledged to renew efforts to sweep out City Hall. . .
  • Washington(State)View: Public employee pensions are a ticking time bomb

    03/07/2011 2:22:28 PM PST · by Eva · 23 replies
    The Columbian ^ | Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | By Don Brunell
    Most people know that our $13 trillion national debt is endangering America’s credit rating and pushing the United States closer to bankruptcy. But hidden beneath the surface is another ticking time bomb that threatens economic collapse : unfunded public employee pensions. ...Historically, increasing public employee pensions has been a practical way to resolve a budget crisis. .... voting to approve richer pensions is easy because they know they’ll be long gone before the bill comes due. ...According to an analysis by the Pew Center on the States, state and local governments now owe at least $1 trillion to public employee...
  • 20% Of Unemployed Americans Will Work For Half Of Ohio And Wisconsin Public Employee Pay

    02/25/2011 7:01:12 AM PST · by joeclarke · 11 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 02/25/2011 | JoeClarke.Net
    See This At Tea Party? Walker As Hitler Ohio has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs as well as population in the past ten years as Ohioans trek onward to greener pastures -like Texas - to find employment. Thousands of college grads now work in restaurants and bars, and may never need show their college diplomas again to a prospective employer. And why shouldn't Ohio lose manufacturing jobs to other states? President Obama was backed by the very powerful unions, both public and private, over Hilary Clinton who did not appear to be as pro union and did not...
  • Slippery Cenk Suggests Public Employees Need Unions To Negotiate With 'Corporate Executives'

    02/23/2011 6:54:03 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 5 replies · 2+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    James Taranto could be the best columnist around. Every day at his Best of the Web at the Wall Street Journal online, Taranto turns out an original, often unconventional, conservative take on the news, managing to leaven it with humor. Rush today rightly extolled Taranto's column of yesterday, in which he made the point that there is a vast, inherent difference between private and public sector unions. In the former case, unions are negotiating against corporate interests. In the latter, unions are, by definition, organizing against the interests of the public itself. Surely even Cenk Uygur understands this. So when...
  • Showdown brewing over CA state employee pensions

    02/23/2011 7:54:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 41 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/23/11 | Joe Garofoli,Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writers
    A raucous, Wisconsin-style labor showdown is unlikely to unfold in California given its Democratic-controlled Legislature and union-friendly Gov. Jerry Brown. But a different type of showdown is simmering in California as business and taxpayer groups and Republicans are ratcheting up the pressure on Brown to ask for more concessions from public employee unions to help fill the state's $25.4 billion budget deficit. While union supporters gathered in Sacramento and Oakland on Tuesday night for vigils to show solidarity with their brethren in Wisconsin, the buzz among the 200 business leaders at the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce earlier in the...
  • Even FDR Understood: No Collective Bargaining for Public Servants

    02/23/2011 11:51:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 23, 2011 | Peter Ferrara
    There is no legitimate role for government unions. Public servants — meaning government employees — don’t work for greedy miscreants exploiting them for personal profit. They work for democratically elected officials representing the will of the people. This is just one reason why there is no legitimate role for government unions, and there should be no collective bargaining rights for public servants. Since public servants work for the people, their wages, benefits, and working conditions are set in accordance with the will of the people, as determined by the democratic process. This is why it is not legitimate to ask...
  • Are Wisconsin Public Employees Underpaid?

    02/23/2011 8:25:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/22/2011 | Jim Manzi
    Ezra Klein and a variety of other thoughtful liberal bloggers have been pointing to an Economic Policy Institute analysis that they claim demonstrates that Wisconsin’s public employees, even after adjusting for benefits and hours worked, face a “compensation penalty of 5% for choosing to work in the public sector.” Unfortunately, when you get under the hood, the study shows no such thing. Klein links to an executive summary to support his claim, but reading the actual paper by Jeffrey H. Keefe is instructive. Keefe took a representative sample of Wisconsin workers, built a regression model that relates “fundamental personal characteristics...
  • Unionized Public Servants Meet Their Enemy

    02/22/2011 3:14:37 AM PST · by Scanian · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2011 | John F. Di Leo
    Public servants who think themselves wronged by their government have been demonstrating for days in Madison, Wisconsin. Their march for fair treatment in the budget battles and contract negotiations to follow is intended to evoke sympathy, but is it merited? Such a thing has happened before. In the summer of 1786, Captain Daniel Shays led a revolt of his fellow Revolutionary War veterans in Pennsylvania. His compatriots were losing their homes to foreclosure, after having served their country, after enduring the frost at Valley Forge, the shelling at New York, the disease and malnutrition of an ill-equipped army's eight-year campaign...
  • Santelli Compares Budget Crisis to 9/11

    02/20/2011 5:24:01 PM PST · by taildragger · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/20/2011 | Abby Phillip
    NBC's Rick Santelli on Sunday compared the budget crises affecting state and federal balance sheets to a Sept. 11-type attack on the nation.
  • "It's Only Hate When Republicans Do It": Screencaps of the Violent, Hateful Union Communist Movement

    02/17/2011 7:10:15 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 96 replies
    Screencaps of the WIGOP video ^ | Feb 17, 2011 | By Lazamataz
    Godwin's Law: When you compare your opponentto Hitler, you lost already. Isn't calling Scott "Hitler", even a tiny bit hateful? We don't hate people.We just don't like Unions sucking us dry.And "rape"? Because WI wants you to pony up a small percentageof the benefits we private citizens pay so dearly for?Please. Doing EXACTLY what they accused us of doing.Except worse.That's no surveyers mark over Scotts face.Those are true crosshairs. Riiiighhhht.You see, Scott Walker isn't a duly elected governor.He's a 30-year dictator.Liberalism truly is a mental disorder. More of the same insanity from the Union Communist Movement.