| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:09 AM
The Los Angeles City Council is discussing whether to limit the number of energy drinks city employees can consume while on the job.
Apparently too much energy in a public employee can be dangerous.
Councilman Bernard C. Parks introduced a motion last...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 3:05 PM
WASHINGTON The White House canceled its daily news briefing. Vice President Joe Biden dropped plans to attend a retreat for congressional Democrats. As a snowstorm socked the nation's capital, much of the federal government closed Thursday for business....
| Jan 28, 2014
| 5:40 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ largest government employee unions sued Tuesday to overturn Illinois’ new pension law, ripping the long sought, landmark money-saving changes as outright “theft” from workers that won’t pass a...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:11 PM
In 2011, Maryland's state government was facing significant budget challenges in both the short term and the long term. The lingering effects of the recession and the waning of federal stimulus funds had blown a hole of about $1.6 billion in the state's...
| Feb 9, 2014
As Illinois leaders began searching for ways to fix the state's underfunded public employee pension system, Gov. Pat Quinn turned to retired Judge Gino DiVito for some free advice.
DiVito told him in 2010 that pension rights for current state...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Let the California public employee pension war of 2014 begin.
On Monday, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris released the ballot title and summary for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s pension initiative, which would allow government agencies to negotiate...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 4:51 PM
Not long ago state officials in Maryland faced a technology roadblock that anyone who works at a private company would find quaint: There was no easy way to blast an email to the entire workforce.
For an administration led by an early BlackBerry addict,...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 8:37 PM
The Supreme Court will hear a 1st Amendment case this week involving Chicago-area in-home care providers that could end up dealing a major blow to public-sector labor unions.
Illinois, California, Maryland, Connecticut and other states have long used...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 8:08 AM
The Democratic party is the party of government because it embraces a proposition it has done much to refute — that government is a nimble, skillful social engineer — and because government employees are a significant component of the party'...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 5:05 AM
A group representing retired state workers on Thursday filed the second lawsuit challenging sweeping changes to the state’s public employee pension system, arguing the measure violates a clause in the Illinois Constitution intended to protect...
| Jan 23, 2014
Workers shouldn't have to choose between their jobs and their consciences. They shouldn't have to pay money to press a political agenda they don't agree with, and if they belong to a union that uses their dues for politicking, as most unions do, they...