RSS feeds allow Web site content to be gathered via feed reader software. Click the subscribe link to obtain the feed URL for this page. The feed will update when new content appears on this page.

Public Employees

A collection of news and information related to Public Employees published by this site and its partners.

Top Public Employees Articles

Displaying items 45-55
  • How PBS sold its soul to a billionaire donor

    A few days ago the Public Broadcasting Service announced it was returning a $3.5-million grant it had received from a Texas billionaire to fund a series of documentaries about the "pension peril" -- the costs to cities and states of their public...
  • Scalia may be swing vote in union-fees case

    Scalia may be swing vote in union-fees case
    WASHINGTON — The future of public-sector labor unions may rest with conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court debated whether teachers and other public employees should continue to be required to pay union fees, even if...
  • Mayor defends 'liberal leave' decision for city workers

    Mayor defends 'liberal leave' decision for city workers
    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended her decision to require nonessential Baltimore employees to travel to work Thursday or stay home and use vacation time, saying residents need services in severe weather. Union representatives said the decision...
  • There's sleeping on the job (bad) and sleeping on break (OK)

    There's sleeping on the job (bad) and sleeping on break (OK)
    It's the headline or TV news item that public officials dread: City workers sleeping on the job! Garbage truck drivers dining on the public dime! Public workers wasting your taxpayer dollars! Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation managers were so worried...
  • A look at legal firepower arrayed against state's pension overhaul law

    A look at legal firepower arrayed against state's pension overhaul law
    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...
  • Supreme Court to hear 1st Amendment challenge to labor unions

    Supreme Court to hear 1st Amendment challenge to labor unions
    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...
  • Who should pay union dues?

    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...
  • Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and wife indicted

    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and wife indicted
    RICHMOND — Federal prosecutors filed criminal corruption charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on Tuesday, saying they used his office for their own gain. Hours later, McDonnell accused prosecutors of a false and...
  • Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought

    Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought
    SPRINGFIELD — New calculations show the state will save about $15 billion less than initially projected from the controversial major government worker pension overhaul that lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn approved last month. Critics who...
  • Paying one's dues [Editorial]

    Paying one's dues  [Editorial]
    Public employees have a right to be represented by a union and to collective bargaining in states like Maryland where the law allows it. And the only way such a system can work — at least on a practical level — is to require all those...
  • Illinois should look to Wisconsin

    Illinois should look to Wisconsin
    Illinois is a stinking mess. A steaming heap of suffocating debt, endless greed, blind self-interest and numbing incompetence. How we've been able to survive this long without plunging into the abyss is beyond me, and all reason. No need here to...