| Aug 11, 2013
For the past year, the Office of Personnel Management has been working on regulations that will allow older federal workers to phase into retirement.
The idea is that these employees would continue to work part time, collect a partial pension — and...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 4:51 PM
Re. "City proposes 5% pay cut
(Aug. 7) Bradley Zint reports that the current negotiation is with the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn.,...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:20 AM
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Amid the news coverage of Detroit's recent bankruptcy filing, Michael thought he heard something about public-sector workers there not paying Social Security taxes.
What's up with that? Aren't all...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 7:52 PM
Congress has failed to fund the federal government and has shut it down. Federal employees are instructed to report to work and will be sent home when they arrive on Tuesday. Additionally, government services will be suspended. Here's a look at how...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:34 PM
Workers at Fort McHenry emerged shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday to post the sign: "Closed until further notice. No Entry. No trespassing."
Over the next hour, joggers and cyclists pulled up to the gate, stopped, read the notice and turned around. Finally,...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Lawmakers in Congress made no progress Tuesday on ending the budget impasse that has thrown federal agencies in Maryland and elsewhere into the first government shutdown since 1996.
There was little indication that either side was prepared to negotiate,...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Illinois' crushing public pension crisis has been literally decades in the making, but the present stalemate in Springfield over how to resolve it can be traced in great measure to a single point in time: July 21, 1970.
Richard Nixon was president,...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 5:34 PM
Against a backdrop of skirmishes between Costa Mesa's organized labor and its conservative council majority is a kind of war on words.
On one side is Mayor Jim Righeimer and his supporters, who in an effort to save the city money say they're fighting...
| Jun 5, 2013
Sometimes L.A. politics seem like patty-cake, but when Brian D'Arcy gets in the game, the game gets serious. He's a third-generation union man, and the union he heads, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, is the DWP's biggest...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:31 PM
After a year of full-time employment with the city of Costa Mesa, a worker represented by the current contract for general employees receives 92 hours of paid vacation.
But the city recently proposed a two-year labor contract that would slash that...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 7:13 PM
SAN DIEGO - The city attorney's office may seek a restraining order to bar Mayor Bob Filner from City Hall because his presence allegedly creates a hostile working environment for women.
"It is a possibility as a last resort," Michael Giorgino,...