| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:10 PM
A Los Angeles City Council panel voted Monday to let the Department of Water and Power scale back the cost of hiring away workers from other city agencies, despite objections from workers outside the DWP.
The council's Budget and Finance Committee...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 12:54 PM
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday finalized a salary deal with the powerful union that represents Department of Water and Power workers, obtaining a hike in the retirement age for future employees and no pay increases for three years.
The pay pact...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:29 PM
Congressional negotiators announced a $1.01 trillion budget agreement on Tuesday that would avoid another government shutdown but deliver an additional round of cuts to federal employees in Maryland.
The two-year deal would replace $63 billion in...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 1:24 PM
It's been a rough few weeks for public employee unions.
First, a federal judge in the Detroit bankruptcy case ruled the city's public employee pensions could be cut just like any other debt, challenging the belief that the retirement benefits were...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:51 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is shifting the job of vetting who is eligible to receive state health care coverage for the poor from an outside company to state employees, a move Republicans criticized Tuesday as a “backroom deal” that will...
| Dec 26, 2013
Californians could be faced in November with a proposal to dramatically alter the pension and benefit system for public employees. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has submitted a statewide ballot initiative that would allow government agencies to negotiate...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 3:20 PM
A union representing nearly 1,500 Baltimore County public employees has reached an agreement with the county to extend its contract through 2016.
Members of the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees ratified the extension by a vote of 98...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The Sun's recent front page article on the hardships facing Maryland's federal government employees on furlough included one who was making $67,000 per year ("Sequester pains hit home," July 12).
I don't recall seeing front page coverage when...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 1:01 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today plans to introduce legislation to switch new city employees from the a traditional pension system to a 401(k)-style plan.
By implementing the switch, the city expects to save $1 million in fiscal year 2014, with...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Many things are not going well for us and our country. So where do we go from here? Well, as people sometimes say when playing bridge, let's review the bidding.
For every dollar the federal government spends, it is borrowing or printing 20 cents. That...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 4:13 PM
Burbank will be refunding $302,000 to roughly 84 city employees after discovering that $50 deductions from their paychecks over the course of nearly a decade were illegal under federal tax law.
The deductions, which were made to fund retirement...