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  • Knowingly Jumping Off a Cliff (US Postal Service and their unions are fleecing you)

    06/16/2011 1:58:08 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 20 replies
    Evolving Excellence ^ | 15 June 2011 | Kevin Meyer
    The Bloomberg Businessweek cover story on the U.S. Postal Service a couple weeks ago was a real stunner - filled with so many juicy tidbits that it took a while to digest.  It is just phenomenal that a handful of ingnoramuses (ignorami?) are doing this to a once proud example of American ingenuity. We've heard the story over the past several years - the rise of email has demolished traditional first class mail.  Free markets created the likes of UPS and FedEx, and thanks to better and more reliable service customers willingly paid substantially more for those products.  So what...
  • Taxpayers on the Hook for Retiree Costs for Federal Contractors

    06/10/2011 10:04:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 10, 2011 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    A surprising new government report shows that taxpayers have been footing the bill for retiree benefits not just for federal workers, but for independent freelance contractors who do work for the government as well. And no one is watching the store to see if your tax dollars are being wasted. Taxpayers for years have been covering private contractors' retiree costs for things like pensions and health care, even though these workers are not on the federal payroll. Taxpayers also cover these retiree costs for contractors' spouses, too, and in some cases if contractors want to retire early (at age 50),...
  • Military Update: Gates tosses military pay, benefits into risk pool [militRY under attack]

    06/04/2011 4:23:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 37 replies
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week delivered his “last major policy speech” and, in it, suggested that politicians show courage in the fiscal crisis by making the military compensation system more efficient. Gates has the department preparing such a set of recommendations to be part of a $400 billion defense savings package over the next 12 years. Specifically he criticized a “one-size-fits-all approach” to basic pay and retirement, suggesting “tiered and targeted” methods could cost less but pay more to service members in “high demand and dangerous specialties.” He implied pay levels overall are set too high as evidenced by...
  • How many federal and postal workers can retire?

    05/20/2011 8:01:18 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 21, 2011 | Ed O'Keefe
    About 550,000 full-time career federal government and U.S. Postal Service could hang it up and move on at anytime because they are eligible to retire, according to government statistics. The eligible workers represent about a quarter of the 2.4 million permanent full-time employees collecting government or postal paychecks.
  • Gov. John Kasich says federal workers have 'zippo, zero' ability to collectively bargain

    05/11/2011 8:06:53 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 21 replies ^ | May 11, 2011 | Politifact
    Equity among workers is one of Republican Gov. John Kasich’s most consistent arguments in favor of Ohio’s new collective bargaining law. The law, Senate Bill 5, will bring Ohio’s public workers closer in line with private sector workers, who, on average, pay more for health care benefits and have weaker pensions, Kasich repeatedly has said. Now the governor is weaving collective bargaining for federal workers – or lack thereof – into his support for the law. Even though SB 5 restricts collective bargaining for the state’s 360,000 public workers, they would still be better off than federal workers, Kasich recently...
  • No Proposed Change to Federal Retirement, Pay Systems in Budget Proposal

    04/19/2011 5:54:22 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 11 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | April 15, 2011 | Ralph Smith
    Before the president's speech this week, there was speculation that he would adopt the recommendations of the deficit recommendation commission. The commission made its recommendations late last year and, among other things, recommended changes to the federal retirement system and the federal employee health insurance system as part of reducing the federal government's massive spending deficit. But that did not happen.
  • Unemployment Drops In 93 North Carolina Counties (the bad news - 37,000 lose extended benefits)

    04/06/2011 5:47:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    WITN ^ | 4/06/11
    Unemployment Drops In 93 North Carolina CountiesThe state says unemployment increased in just one county in the state, and that county is here in Eastern Carolina. Posted: 1:46 PM Apr 6, 2011 County unemployment rates dropped in all but seven of North Carolina's counties in February. In six of those counties the rate remained the same, while only in Perquimans County did the unemployment rate actually rise, by .3% from January. Here in Eastern Carolina unemployment in the Greenville metro area dropped by a full percent to 9.7%, in Jacksonville down by .3% to 8.7%, in Goldsboro the rate also...
  • Catholic university will offer partner benefits.

    03/25/2011 8:37:48 AM PDT · by ThisLittleLightofMine · 45 replies
    The Columbian ^ | 3/24/2011 | unknown
    <p>MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette University in Milwaukee will begin offering domestic partner benefits to its employees beginning next year.</p> <p>The move by the Catholic, Jesuit university comes about a year after the school rescinded a job offer to a lesbian and scholar at Seattle University. Marquette officials said at the time, rescinding the job offer to Jodi O'Brien had nothing to do with her sexual orientation. But, it triggered heated debate on campus over the issue.</p>
  • Union equates lavish benefits to black civil rights

    03/17/2011 6:52:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/17/11 | Byron York
    "Madison is just the beginning!" AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka told a union rally in Annapolis on Monday. "Like that old song goes, 'You ain't seen n-n-n-n-nothing yet!' " Fresh from defeat in Wisconsin, union leaders are planning a new campaign not just to head off future challenges to their collective bargaining powers but also to make the case that organized labor's benefits and prerogatives -- wages, health care, and pensions that are more generous than those of comparable workers in the private sector -- are the moral equivalent of rights won by black Americans
  • 'Outstate' Wisconsin vs the unions

    03/16/2011 3:24:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | March 16, 2011 | Bill Weckesser
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's support has been found, but to do so it looks like a reporter needs to leave Milwaukee and Madison. Bloomberg observes that Katherine Cramer Walsh of the University of Wisconsin-Madison reports that she found "bitterness while doing research in 27 communities, where many residents work multiple jobs without benefits while local government employees have health coverage and pensions." "I heard a lot of comments and conversations about the rural-urban divide in our state," said Walsh, an associate professor of political science. "I was very struck by how resentful people in so-called outstate Wisconsin are of Madison...
  • Anger brews over government workers' benefits

    03/08/2011 7:56:59 AM PST · by Poundstone · 49 replies
    AP ^ | March 8, 2011 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    When Erin McFarlane looks at public workers, she sees lucrative pension benefits she doesn't ever expect to get. And it makes her mad. "I don't think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well," said the Slinger, Wis., woman. She's been working a couple of bartending jobs since January, when she was laid off from her job at a Harley Davidson plant after almost a decade. She's not alone in seeing public servants as public enemies in some ways. It's a case of pension envy.
  • Pleased to meet you, I'm a federal employee

    03/02/2011 6:09:10 AM PST · by Poundstone · 134 replies ^ | March 2, 2011 | Mark A. Young
    I am proud to be a federal employee. Let me repeat, proud to be one of millions across the nation who work as a public servant and who believes that public employees choose careers so they can be a vital part of the glue that holds this nation together. Who are we? We are your neighbors, we are your friends, we are your fellow parishioners, and the people who sit with you watching the children and grandchildren at the ballpark or the basketball court. We are not faceless and anonymous "others." We are people you have known all your lives.
  • Is the Lavish Cost of Recent Firefighter's Funeral in LA Another Example of Union Benefits Overkill?

    02/26/2011 10:36:44 AM PST · by Stayfree · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Self | February 26, 2011 | Stayfree
    Thousands of firefighters in uniform on paid agency time came from different fire agencies all over Southern California to attend Glenn Allen's funeral bringing with them tens of millions of dollars of firefighting equipment, helicopters. Just the cost of fuel alone must have cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, notwithstanding the cost of salaries and accrued benefits of thousands of active duty firefighters. His funeral must have cost the taxpayers millions of dollars thanks to union rules that permit such a waste of taxpayer funds. I personally mean no disrespect to his family, but if it were not...
  • Christie: Wis. a class clash [the people who get benefits, and the taxpayers who pay for them]

    02/22/2011 5:15:52 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Christie: Wis. a class clash Chris Christie invoked Wisconsin's massive union-rights clash in his second annual budget address Tuesday, saying the protests are over a system with "two classes of citizens" — the people who get benefits, and the taxpayers who pay for them. Christie hailed New Jersey as leading the charge for other states with the belt-tightening practices he prescribed in his budget last year. And now, he said, the Garden State will follow what he coined as the "New Normal" of spending as they have the money, to try to ease the crush of debt. "In Wisconsin and...
  • End Public Sector Unions...Period

    02/20/2011 1:38:42 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 20, 2011 | C. Edmund Wright
    However, public sector "collective bargaining" is a bad joke, given that there are only chairs on one side of the bargaining table. The bigger universe of interested parties have zero representation in the process. There is no natural force working to keep costs in line...
  • (in the interest of "open and transparent gov") Salaries For City Employees Posted Online

    02/14/2011 6:24:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    KTVU Bay City News ^ | February 13, 2011
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The latest information about the salaries and benefits of each San Jose city employee was posted online Friday in an effort to maintain transparency in the city's government. The compensation information, which can be accessed at, is from 2010, the latest year available, according to city officials. Former police Chief Robert Davis had the highest total compensation - more than $534,000 in salary and benefits - for the year, according to the report. City Manager Debra Figone - who made more than $276,000 in 2010 - said the release of the information is an example...
  • Superintendents enjoy super benefits (Central TX schools)

    02/09/2011 11:36:24 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 14 replies · 1+ views
    KXAN-TV, Austin ^ | Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 | Nanci Wilson
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - With Texas facing a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, every school district is facing tough decisions. Some districts are considering closing schools and laying off teachers. So, why are some districts giving their superintendent raises and super-sized benefits? And do parents really know what their superintendent earns? Apparently, not. (exerpt - continues at link below)
  • Are increasing disability numbers hurting Social Security

    01/29/2011 11:46:23 PM PST · by jmclemore · 59 replies
    Congressional Budget office ^ | July 22, 2010 | Congressional Budget office
    Summary The Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program pays cash benefits to non elderly adults (those younger than age 66) who are judged to be unable to perform “substantial” work because of a disability but who have worked in the past; the program also pays benefits to some of those adults’ dependents. In 2009, the Disability Insurance program paid benefits to almost 8 million disabled beneficiaries and about 2 million of those beneficiaries’ spouses and children. Between 1970 and 2009, the number of people receiving DI benefits more than tripled, from 2.7 million to 9.7 million (unless otherwise specified, all...

    01/29/2011 9:06:02 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 175 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | 1/29/11 | Steve Benen
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) broke unexpected ground this week, presenting a budget plan that included freezing Veterans Affairs health care spending and cutting veterans' disability benefits considerably. To put it mildly, the Bachmann proposal has not gone over well among groups representing the needs and interests of veterans.
  • Requests for unemployment benefits up due to snow (Global warming strikes again!)

    01/27/2011 9:00:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Google ^ | 1/27/11
    Requests for unemployment benefits up due to snow(AP) – 6 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week, but the figures were largely distorted by rare snowstorms that swept through the Southeast. Applications surged last week by a seasonally adjusted 51,000 to 454,000, the highest level since late October, the Labor Department said Thursday. A government analyst said that a major reason for the spike was the harsh weather in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. That forced many companies to shut down temporarily and also prevented many people from...