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  • Majority of employees feel they have NO control over decisions in the workplace

    07/11/2014 3:43:07 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    daily Mail ^ | 11 July 2014 | By Louise Boyle
    Most employees believe they have no say when it comes to changes in the workplace that directly affect their jobs. Six out of ten corporate staff said they have little or no input in decisions which affect them personally at work, according to a recent survey by Strayer University and Ipsos. Those over 35 felt their opinions mattered less than those workers aged 18-34 - although perhaps that's just a healthy dose of cynicism that comes from spending longer on the corporate ladder.
  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    WMBF.. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | | | Caleb Howe
    WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, reported Wednesday on the growing trend of businesses hiring only part-time workers, due to an inability to afford Obamacare. This situation leaves workers without healthcare and without a full-time income or other benefits. Local staffing agencies say more small business are starting to hire more part time employees. Not because there is more full time work, but as WMBF reporter Mandy Noell found out, it's because they can't afford to have more full time employees. Obamacare places requirements for health care benefits that many small businesses just cannot afford to pay. As a result, they...
  • Further Look at Employment: Seasonally Adujsted Decline of 523,000 Over Last Month

    07/06/2014 9:34:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Initial Reaction On the surface, this appeared to be a very strong jobs report from both the household survey and establishment survey perspective. The establishment survey reported a gain of 288,000 jobs while the household survey sported a gain in employment of 407,000. In addition, May was revised up from +217,000 to + 224,000, and April revised up from +282,000 to +304,000. Digging deeper into the details, strength was entirely part-time (and then some). Voluntary part-time employment rose by a whopping 840,000 and involuntary part-time employment rose by 275,000. Compared to a total gain of employment of 407,000, the gain...
  • State law means names of state employee fraudsters stay secret (CT)

    07/04/2014 4:18:07 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 3 replies
    Journal Inquirer ^ | Friday, July 4, 2014 | Ed Jacovino
    The state employees were disciplined for lying to get money through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, an extension of food stamps available to poor residents who lost food or income in September 2011 after Hurricane Irene hit here as a tropical storm. While Larson said the law merits revisiting, other members of the state's congressional delegation weren't so forthcoming about their views on the state measure or the similar federal law that have left taxpayers in the dark about the conduct and punishment of state employees -- many of whom were fired but rehired after they appealed. U.S. Sens....
  • 18,709 VA Employees Make $180,000 or More

    07/02/2014 9:34:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    cns news ^ | 7/2/14 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has 59,297 employees – 17.3 percent out of 342,089 workers total -- that make $100,000 or more in yearly salary, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Among those employees, 18,709 of them earn a salary of $180,000 or more.An OPM database, FedScope, contains historical data on the federal civilian workforce going back to 1998. The database holds information about civilian federal workers employed by most Executive Branch agencies (excluding intelligence agencies, the White House, and the Office of the Vice President) and some Legislative Branch agencies. It does...
  • Obama: Vast Majority of Federal Employees Are Not Boneheads

    06/27/2014 9:11:56 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    GovExec ^ | 6/27/14
    President Obama declared Thursday that 99 percent of federal employees are not boneheads. "Are there some federal workers who do some boneheaded things? Absolutely,” Obama said at a town hall meeting in Minneapolis, Politico reported.  The president recalled something that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told him: “One thing you should know, Mr. President, is that at any given moment on any given day, somebody in the federal government is screwing up.” That, said Obama, is "is true because there are 2 million employees … If 99 percent of the folks are doing the right thing and only 1 percent aren’t, that’s...
  • Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

    06/23/2014 12:08:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/23/2014 | Cameron King
    The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more. Keep in mind that 50% is a conservative number at the lowest end of the spectrum. This is assuming that your career is only going to last 10 years. The longer you work, the greater the difference will become over your...
  • Big Labor's VA Choke Hold

    05/30/2014 6:03:59 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2014 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Big Labor's VA Choke Hold How Democrats put their union allies before the well-being of veterans. By Kimberley A. Strassel May 29, 2014 We know with certainty that there is at least one person the Department of Veterans Affairs is serving well. That would be the president of local lodge 1798 of the National Federation of Federal Employees. The Federal Labor Relations Authority, the agency that mediates federal labor disputes, earlier this month ruled in favor of this union president, in a dispute over whether she need bother to show up at her workplace—the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg,...
  • ‘NewsOne Now’ Panel: Has the LGBT Lobby Gone Too Far?

    04/09/2014 11:30:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Newsone ^ | Apr 7, 2014
    Just ten days after becoming CEO of web company Mozilla, Brendan Eich resigned after drawing the ire of LGBT advocates. In 2008, Eich donated money to the Proposition 8 campaign, an effort around legislation to make same-sex marriage illegal in California. When he was announced as the new Mozilla head, members of the LGBT community and even Mozilla employees expressed their dissatisfaction through social media and called for Eich’s resignation. Many have since spoken out against the backlash calling it unfair. On Monday’s “NewsOne Now,” Roland Martin was joined by a panel of guests to discuss the news, whether the...
  • MILLIONAIRES NEED YOUR HELP!... Ann Coulter

    04/03/2014 12:01:16 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 2 Apr 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Last Sunday, The New York Times published a front-page article about the heartfelt need of California farmers for more illegal aliens. The first tip-off that heinous public policy ideas were coming was that the Times introduced farmer Chuck Herrin, owner of a farm-labor contracting company, as a "lifelong Republican." That's Times-speak for "liberal." Herrin admitted that he employs a lot of illegal aliens and bitterly complained that they lived in fear of "Border Patrol and deportations." (But, apparently, he doesn't live in fear of admitting he's violating our immigration laws.) Sorry that running a country inconveniences you, Chuck. He said...
  • WA:Clark County May Allow Second Amendment Rights for Employees

    02/25/2014 6:02:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Clark County, Washington, is strongly considering joining the group of local governments that have reformed their work rules to allow employees to exercise their second amendment rights.  Many states do not restrict citizens from exercising their rights to bear arms in public buildings, so it makes little sense to restrict employees from being able to carry as well.  From the Columbian: Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore on Wednesday requested that Chris Horne, the county's chief civil deputy prosecutor, investigate what revisions could be made to the county's workplace violence policy to allow employees to carry concealed firearms. Commissioner...
  • Hidden in (Unconstitutional) Obama Diktat: Employer Mandate Delay VOID if You Fire Workers/Cut Hours

    02/11/2014 6:40:45 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 30 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    As the country's first 'Imperial President' threatens to rule by Executive fiat and just simply run-over the Republicans' feckless leadership, he's also made clear he intends to continue ongoing, previous strategies (lie, obfuscate, and withhold) he's utilized thus far. The latest example of unconstitutional+underhanded mischief from the habitually-dishonest Obama was unearthed by Megyn Kelly on Fox Monday night, when in the course of researching the ObamaCare Employer Mandate delay they found 'on one little nugget... found under a mountain of new regulations': any employer who dare “reduce the size of its workforce or its overall hours of service of its employees' will...
  • Trend: Restoring Public Employee's ability to defend themselves

    01/30/2014 4:09:31 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A trend is growing across the nation to restore the ability of public employees to protect themselves.  During the last hundred years, the legal ability of public employees to carry defensive weapons has been eroded along with the rights of ordinary citizens.   Originally intended to prevent minorities and immigrants from being armed, the philosophy of a disarmed population was put in place in employee codes at all levels of government, local, state, and federal. Much of this was resisted by people with a long cultural affinity for arms, and, as with the general prohibition on concealed weapons, was selectively...
  • Labor Department tells Arkansas businesswoman she can't have volunteers

    01/09/2014 1:14:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2014 | SEAN HIGGINS
    Ladies and gentlemen, be careful who you volunteer for — you could be doing them a lot more harm than good. The federal government sometimes takes dim view of such generosity. Just ask Rhea Lana Riner. She owns a small Arkansas-based business that organizes consignment sales. Since August, the Labor Department has been threatening her with stiff financial penalties, saying her business practices are illegal. It has even been contacting donors to her events and encouraging them to instigate legal action against her. Why? Well, the department says Riner cannot legally allow the people who provide items for sale to...
  • Federal employees still wondering if government will close Christmas Eve

    12/23/2013 2:25:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/20/13 | Rahat Husain
    WASHINGTON, December 20, 2013 — Federal employees are wondering whether the President will close the government on Christmas Eve. The order to close the government for Christmas Eve 2012 came on December 21, 2012. According to Government Executive, “Obama gave federal employees a half day on Christmas Eve in 2009, when it fell on a Thursday and Christmas on a Friday. He did not order any extra holiday time in 2010 or 2011.” **SNIP** As of the publication of this article, the White House has not given any indication about Christmas Eve closures.
  • The Snarf’s at 600 W. Chicago just laid off all its employees via email

    12/23/2013 1:30:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Chicago Grid ^ | 12/23/13 | MEG GRAHAM
    The layoffs come three weeks after some of the sub shop's employees protested for better wages and benefits. BY MEG GRAHAM A River North sandwich shop gave its employees an unwelcome Christmas surprise on Sunday night, firing them all by email. The 20 employees of Snarf’s Sub Shop at 600 W. Chicago Ave. received the email last night around 5 p.m. Grid obtained it this morning. It reads as follows. 1. Due to increased competition and losses, ownership has decided to consider remodeling and reconcepting the store at 600 West Chicago Ave. 2. The store is closing, effective tomorrow, December...
  • Obama Tells Federal Employees He'll "Keep Working With Congress" to Reach a Deal

    10/07/2013 12:55:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 10/7/13 | Katie Pavlich
    In a letter sent to U.S. Government workers affected by the shutdown on October 1, President Obama told federal employees he will continue to work with Congress in order to get them back to work, thanked them for their service and blamed House Republicans for the government shutdown. "To the dedicated and hard-working employees of the United States Government: The Federal Government is America's largest employer, with more than 2 million civilian workers and 1.4 million active duty military who serve in all 50 States and around the world. But Congress has failed to meet its responsibility to pass a...
  • IRS Employees Ordered to Send Tea Party Cases to IRS's Only Obama Political Appointee

    07/18/2013 12:50:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/78/13 | Ryan Kierman and Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – IRS employees were ordered by their superiors--including Lois Lerner who pleaded the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination rather than testify in Congress--to send certain Tea Party tax-exemption applications to the office of the IRS's Chief Counsel, which was headed by William Wilkins, who at that time was the only Obama political appointee at the IRS, according to a letter released today by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “As a part of this ongoing investigation, the Committees have learned that the IRS Chief Counsel’s office in Washington, D.C. has been closely involved in some of the applications,”...
  • 101M Americans Get Food Aid from Federal Gov’t; More Than the Number of Private Sector Workers

    07/08/2013 9:21:42 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 28 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | July 8, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012. That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of private sector workers in the U.S.
  • FOIA: 201 IRS employees work full-time on union business (collective bargaining agreement)

    06/14/2013 2:49:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/13/13 | Caroline May
    In a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Americans for Limited Government, the Internal Revenue Service revealed this month that 201 of its employees work full-time on union activities. “A lot of people are not aware that under federal law, a federal agency is allowed to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with a union that has provisions where employees of the agency, in this case the IRS, are allowed to do union work on the taxpayer’s time and get paid for it,” ALG president and Nathan Mehrens explained in an interview with The Daily Caller....
  • Newly released IRS video shows employees dancing

    05/31/2013 3:24:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/31/31 | AP Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has provided Congress with another video featuring its employees, this one showing about a dozen of them practicing dancing on a stage. The video, which lasts under three minutes, comes weeks after it was revealed that agency workers produced two other videos, parodying the "Star Trek" and "Gilligan's Island" TV shows. It also comes with the IRS under fire for targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status for tough scrutiny. All three videos were provided in response to a request by a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Louisiana Republican...
  • Managers to Millennials: Job Interview No Time to Text

    04/29/2013 1:01:29 PM PDT · by detective · 61 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 29, 2013 | Paul Davidson
    Newly minted college graduates soon entering the job market could be facing another hurdle besides high unemployment and a sluggish economy. Hiring managers say many perform poorly—sometimes even bizarrely—in job interviews. Human resource professionals say they've seen recent college grads text or take calls in interviews, dress inappropriately, use slang or overly casual language, and exhibit other oddball behavior.
  • 4 Pittsburgh firefighters sue over hearing loss from sirens

    04/23/2013 2:22:53 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 18 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 23, 2013 | uncredited byline
    Four Pittsburgh firefighters are suing seven companies that manufacture fire trucks or sirens, claiming they've lost hearing due to the blaring sirens. (snip) They're claiming that Mack Trucks Inc., Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC and five other firms "knew or should have known the products ... were inherently dangerous, defective and hazardous to human hearing." The men claim they've suffered irreversible hearing loss "due to exposure to the intense noise." The firefighters are seeking unspecified monetary damages
  • Signs of Solyndra? Fisker Lays Off 75 Percent of Employees

    04/05/2013 3:12:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/5/13 | Matthew Mosk - abc news
    The government-backed electric car company Fisker Automotive laid off about 160 workers Friday, or roughly 75 percent of the automaker's staff, as it has struggled to find financial backing that would allow it to continue building its high concept clean cars. The layoff announcement came as the innovative start up faces a looming repayment on a loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, and as reports have swirled that it could be preparing to file for bankruptcy. As with the failed solar firm Solyndra, the green car company was once an early pick by the Obama Administration to be part...
  • Public Employee Pension Systems Raided To Pay Film Studio Bills

    03/15/2013 5:39:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2013 | Tom Gantert
    At a time when Michigan's public sector employees' retirement plans are underfunded by tens of billions of dollars, the state is tapping those funds to pay the bills of a Michigan movie studio that defaulted on its own bills. Michigan Motion Pictures Studios, which is being celebrated in the local media for having made the movie, "Oz: The Great and Powerful," in Pontiac, has missed its last three payments on $18 million in bond obligations. The movie opens across the nation today. Under a deal made in 2010 by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the State of Michigan Retirement Systems is on...
  • Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need (companies deserve a lot of the blame too)

    03/14/2013 6:45:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/14/2013 | PETER CAPPELLI
    Everybody's heard the complaints about recruiting lately. Even with unemployment hovering around 9%, companies are grousing that they can't find skilled workers, and filling a job can take months of hunting. Employers are quick to lay blame. Schools aren't giving kids the right kind of training. The government isn't letting in enough high-skill immigrants. The list goes on and on. But I believe that the real culprits are the employers themselves. With an abundance of workers to choose from, employers are demanding more of job candidates than ever before. They want prospective workers to be able to fill a role...
  • Army Spokesman Reminds Employees and Civilians Not to Criticize Commander in Chief

    03/05/2013 8:11:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/5/13 | Daniel Halper
    “It’s not meant for contractors… It wasn’t intended for contractors,” said Abney of the email, which details how folks should deal with the press because of sequestration (mandatory spending cuts). But, Abney conceded, he “can’t swear” that contractors—that is, civilians—did not receive the message either. In fact, at least some of the 6,000 contractors that work with JMC received the message. The message was “intended to remind our employees that they are not spokespersons for the government,” said Abney on the phone today. Abney says he was just reminding employees that the commander in chief—President Barack Obama—is their boss. Here's...
  • IRS: Obamacare doesn’t require you [employers] to offer ‘affordable’ family coverage

    02/12/2013 9:13:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Human Resources Bernefits Alert ^ | January 3, 2013 | Jared Bilski
    After a barrage of guidance, the IRS finally published its proposed regs on the Affordable Care Act’s “Employer Shared Responsibility” provision, along with a practical Q&A with real-life examples for employers. Here’s help making sense of it all. At this point, virtually every organization knows that all “large” employers — those with 50 or more full-time employees — must provide all full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) with health insurance or pay a “shared-responsibility” penalty. Obamacare considers individuals who work at least 30 hours each week to be an FTE, However, many employers will be surprised by at least one clarification the...
  • Federal employees' union head: Obama pay raise proposal 'simply not enough'

    02/09/2013 3:09:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 109 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    The president of the American Federation of Government Employees says a one-percent increase is "absolutely unconscionable." The head of the largest federal employee union said Saturday that President Obama's proposal to increase pay for federal employees by 1 percent was "absolutely unconscionable" and "simply not enough." "It is not enough to allow federal employees to make up lost ground from two-plus years of frozen pay. It is not enough to allow workers, most of whom earn very modest salaries ranging from $24,000 to $70,000, to maintain living standards. And it is not enough to send a message with any kind...
  • Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees

    02/09/2013 11:58:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/08/13 | Joe Davidson
    President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees in the administration’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal, the Washington Post has learned. At the same time, the House plans to vote soon on legislation that would extend the current freeze on basic pay rates through the end of calendar 2013. The freeze was originally set for two years and scheduled to expire at the end of last year, but it was extended until a temporary budget measure expires next month. When the measure expires, federal employees will receive a 0.5 percent raise for the remainder of 2013,...
  • Utah Biz Owner Fires Employees Because They Supported Obama

    01/25/2013 7:21:34 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    01/23/13 From HuffPo: Dead weight? A business owner in Utah has become the latest employer to blame President Obama's health care reform bill for layoffs and has doubled down on his public disdain for the current administration by admitting he singled out Obama supporters. Terry Lee, owner of Cedar City-based Terry Lee Forensics, told the Salt Lake Tribune that he was so impressed by a Vernal, Utah, smoothie bar's policy of asking liberal patrons to pay more, that he, too, took action to recoup losses he said were incurred by Obamacare. George Burnett, owner of I Love Drilling Smoothie &...
  • Obama Hires 101 New Federal Employees A Day

    12/11/2012 3:04:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/11/12 | News Investors
  • TSA Unionized – Americans Screwed

    11/17/2012 4:44:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 11-17-12 | Tim Brown
    On November 9, 2012 the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) issued a press release indicating that “Workers at the Transportation Security Administration made history today when they voted to ratify the first-ever collective bargaining agreement at the agency. The agreement between the American Federation of Government Employees and TSA was ratified with a vote of 17,326-1,774.” The AFGE represents over 650,000 employees of the federal government. It is the largest union for non-postal federal employees and the largest union for D.C. workers who report directly to the mayor. Brian Koenig writes that the AFGE “coerces members to fork over...
  • Employer Says She's Been Looking For A Year, Can't Find A Soul To Hire

    08/10/2012 12:48:46 PM PDT · by Macoozie · 53 replies
    AOL ^ | Aug 10, 2012 | Claire Gordon
    For the country's 12.8 million unemployed, it may seem like the jobs just aren't out there. The average jobless American is out of work, after all, for nine months. But a somewhat different lament is coming, increasingly, from the employer's end: They can't find good enough people to fill all their open jobs.
  • Despite recovery, U.S. public employees face more layoffs

    04/08/2012 5:24:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/08/12 | Lisa Lambert
    Despite recovery, U.S. public employees face more layoffsBy Lisa Lambert Sun Apr 8, 2012 7:13am EDT (Reuters) - Since 2009, the city of Chesapeake, tucked up against the Great Dismal Swamp in southern Virginia, has cut its workforce twice. This summer, nearly three years after the recession ended, the city of 222,209 has plans for a third round of layoffs. **SNIP** State and local governments for a time were able to shield public safety and education workforces from harmful cuts as the recession deepened. The 2009 federal stimulus fund helped offset lost tax revenue, but that money is gone. Now,...
  • Why federal experts command - and deserve - high salaries

    01/04/2012 6:18:01 AM PST · by Poundstone · 57 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | Howard Risher
    The list of the 1,000 highest-paid federal employees released last month by Wikiorgcharts.com must have raised eyebrows. In a country where the average full-time employee earns less than $40,000, salaries ranging from $216,000 to $350,000 appear very high. However, the 1,000 feds profiled earn less than the $380,000 that would place them in the top 1 percent of the nation's income earners. And within the federal workforce of roughly 2.1 million, the individuals on the list account for an extremely small percentage. Perhaps more important, the list is a reminder that agencies need to compete in a world where top...
  • Driving Federal Government Employees Into Retirement

    12/30/2011 10:26:16 AM PST · by Poundstone · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Monthly ^ | Dec. 28, 2011 | Keith Humphreys
    My family and I went to the VA hospital for Christmas services, during which the kindly chaplain said goodbye to the veterans to whom he had been ministering. Like a record number of federal government employees, he has decided to retire this year. Because the federal workforce is older than the general population, a certain number of retirements are to be expected. Yet according to the actuaries at the federal Office of Personal Management, workforce age isn’t enough to account for the surge in federal retirements. It’s not hard to see what other factors are driving federal government employees to...
  • Union bigs face rank and 'bile'

    12/08/2011 8:17:33 AM PST · by Gomez · 19 replies
    Workers outraged at Caribbean junket As union bosses continued livin’ it up in the Puerto Rican sun yesterday, municipal workers getting soaked by New York’s cold rain were livid that their hard-earned money was funding the leaders’ Caribbean “convention.” “There goes our union dues!” fumed a furious Local 3 electrician. “They paid for that junket with union dues.” “I’ve worked for 10 months in the last two years. I’m getting laid off at the end of the year,” the electrician railed. “I have no use for the union. All I see is waste, corruption and hypocrisy.” At an Upper West...
  • Worker Costs Rise. Don't Expect Salaries To (Employees are getting more expensive today)

    10/30/2011 8:59:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Employees may not realize it, but they are getting more expensive. It isn't that their paychecks have suddenly started bulging. It's that other employment costs—like health and retirement benefits—continue to rise. Benefit costs in the private sector were up 4% year-on-year in the second quarter, more than double the 1.7% increase in wages and salaries. On Friday, the Labor Department's employment-cost index for the third quarter is likely to show this trend continuing. The trouble is, this means employers are paying more for workers without actually paying their workers more. Higher benefit costs eat into profits without directly raising a...
  • How to Calculate Your 2012 COLA Payment

    10/21/2011 8:22:39 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 26 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | October 21, 2011 | Ian Smith
    On October 19, a 3.6% COLA was announced for employees under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) who have had benefits for at least one year. Employees under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) will get a 2.6% COLA if they have had benefits for at least one year. OPM has issued official guidelines for how this will be applied to federal retirees.
  • Reid signals government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs

    10/19/2011 10:38:45 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | Oct 19 2011 | By Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders. "It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about," Reid said on the Senate floor. Reid was responding to recent comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who accused Democrats of purposefully pursuing higher taxes as part of the teacher/first-responder bill, S....
  • Obscene Benefits State of Wisconsin Employees Get

    10/14/2011 7:45:28 AM PDT · by milwguy · 4 replies
    state of wi ^ | 10/14/2011 | m
    VACATION: Vacation is earned from the first day of employment, but cannot be used until the employee has six months classified service. Full-time employees earn vacation based on the following table. Less than full-time employees earn vacation on a pro-rated basis. Employee status under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Years of Service Non-Exempt Hours Earned Each Year Exempt* Hours Earned Each Year During first 5 104 120 5+ to 10 144 160 10+ to 15 160 176 15+ to 20 184 200 20+ to 25 200 216 25 and Over 216 216 * Some Exempt employees do not...
  • EPA: Regulations would require 230,000 new employees, $21 billion

    09/26/2011 9:24:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    The Dailty Caller ^ | 9/26/11 | Matthew Boyle
    The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “impossible to administer” by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion — to attempt to implement the rules. The EPA aims to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, even though the law doesn’t give the EPA explicit power to do so. The agency’s authority to move forward is being challenged in court by petitioners who argue that...
  • Solyndra Employees Never Saw It Coming

    09/24/2011 12:12:06 PM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Sep 23, 2011 | FoxNews.com
    Ex-employees of solar panel company at center of White House-stimulus loan scandal speak out
  • Feds plan their exits: Interest surges in retirement seminars

    09/13/2011 8:05:02 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 13 replies
    FedSmith ^ | September 12, 2011 | Stephen Losey
    Earlier this year, Army employee Louis Bornman watched the news grow worse and worse. Pay freezes. Budget cuts. Politicians demonizing federal employees. But for Bornman, the final straw was when Congress began looking at cutting federal pensions as a way to reduce the deficit. His last day as an operations research analyst at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was July 30. "I couldn't afford not to retire," Bornman said. "You never know when things will change." Bornman's not alone. Federal employees across the nation are becoming more nervous about proposals to slash their benefits, and many are eyeing the exit door to...
  • Bank of America Set to Slice Jobs: Many More Seen [BofA: Double-Dip Bellweather?]

    08/18/2011 9:42:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    Wall St J ^ | August 18, 2011 | DAN FITZPATRICK
    AUGUST 19, 2011 Bank of America Set to Slice Jobs Reductions Total 3,500 in Current Quarter; Many More Seen BY DAN FITZPATRICK Bank of America Corp. is cutting 3,500 jobs in the current quarter and working on a broader restructuring that could eliminate thousands of additional positions, people familiar with the situation said. The 3,500 positions are spread across the nation's largest bank by assets, including investment banking and trading, and the cuts are expected to be completed by the end of September. Some employees already have been notified. Thousands of additional reductions are expected as part of an aggressive...
  • The Government Employment-Unemployment Shell Game

    07/21/2011 10:26:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall Finance.com ^ | July 21, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    Here are some interesting charts from reader Tim Wallace regarding "covered employees", those employees that have unemployment insurance. Covered Employees by Quarter Since 2000 click on any chart for sharper image Note that the number of covered employees is still below the 2004 trough and that it took 16 quarters in the wake of the 2001 recession to get back above the pre-recession highs. It has now been 11 quarters since the 2008 high. However, we are still not back to the previous recession dip. Change in Covered Employee Coverage by Quarter Cumulative Change in Coverage Since 1st Quarter 2000...
  • 14 Cities That Are Being Eaten Alive By Public Sector Workers

    07/18/2011 10:40:47 AM PDT · by fifedom · 36 replies
    Busiess Insider ^ | Jul. 13, 2011 | Grace Wyler
    After years of declining tax revenues, cities and towns across the country are now running out of ways to deal with their ballooning budget deficits. ... Public employee costs account for a large share of municipal budget woes.
  • Daniels OKs bonuses up to $1,000 for each state employee

    07/15/2011 10:40:52 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    The Northwest Indiana Times ^ | Jul 15, 2011 | Dan Carden
    the times Daniels OKs bonuses up to $1,000 for each state employee By Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 | Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011 10:45 am INDIANAPOLIS | State employees will be paid a bonus of up to $1,000 each for their efforts in helping Indiana amass a $1.2 billion budget surplus. Gov. Mitch Daniels authorized the one-time payment on Friday to recognize employees he said have spent years doing more with less. "There's not a state in the nation where state employees are more committed to efficiency and care with tax dollars than Indiana," Daniels said. The "efficiency dividend...
  • Stocks Fall 279 Points—Mainstream Media, Google Search: It Didn’t Happen?

    06/02/2011 12:49:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 2, 2011 | Rovin
    Seriously……Google “Stocks Fall 279 Points” or “Stock Market Falls 279 Points”, and you will find very little headlines from the major liberal media outlets. Every search of the major papers and network online sites have already buried this plunge in the Markets as if it just never happened, or they’ve been relegated to their blog sites. We can all imagine how a major stock market plunge would have greeted George W. Bush by our liberal media friends. But, let’s give credit where credit’s due. Patrick Allen posted this story at CNBC dot com with a title that just has to...