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  • Law Introduced to Curb Porn Crisis in Govt. Agencies

    02/24/2015 11:51:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 24, 2015
    An epidemic of federal employees watching pornography on government computers during work hours has gotten so out of control that legislation has been introduced in Congress to contain the embarrassing crisis. Porn has for years been part of the job at some government agencies and in fact a number of federal audits have long documented the enraging details of how our tax dollars are being wasted. Judicial Watch has also reported on this for years, especially the porn crisis at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the agency charged with policing the nation’s financial industry. While the economy crumbled, the...
  • Former U.S. Postal Worker Who Says He Got ‘Lazy’ Sentenced to Probation, Fine

    01/22/2015 12:24:20 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Register-Guard ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Jack Moran
    Former U.S. postal worker who says he got ‘lazy’ sentenced It’s long been said that mail carriers deliver through snow, rain, heat and gloom of night. Maybe that’s because if they fail to do the job right, they could end up charged with a federal crime. A now-former U.S. Postal Service worker from ­Eugene learned that the hard way after police recovered nearly 1,000 pieces of undelivered mail from two bins on his front porch in July. The bins contained primarily merchant advertisements (or “junk” mail), but included 27 voter ballots from May’s primary election and more than 200 items...
  • Government Workers’ Insurance Plans Cover Sex Change Surgery

    11/08/2014 9:21:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 08 Nov 2014 11:08 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Government employees who receive their health insurance coverage through Aetna will be eligible for sex-change operations next year, the company has announced. […] “Aetna has long been supportive of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community,” the company said last month. Aetna is among the first carriers in the federal insurance program that offers coverage for the surgeries. In addition, Kaiser, which enrolled some 240,000 federal workers last year, and the Foreign Service Benefit plan, covering members of the American Foreign Service Protective Association, also cover transgender services. …
  • Investigation: Feds overpaid $70B to Medicare Advantage

    06/04/2014 3:10:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2014 | By Ferdous Al-Faruque
    The federal government wrongfully paid Medicare Advantage programs almost $70 billion, mostly through overbilling between 2008 and 2013, according to a new report. The Center for Public Integrity released the first of its four part investigative series Wednesday on Medicare Advantage payments that examines the use of risk scores used by providers to charge the government more for sicker patients. Medicare Advantage covers nearly 16 million people and is expected to cost more than $150 billion this year. However, reviews by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have also found billing errors in 30 percent or more of patient...
  • Government Workers Cost 45% More Than Private Sector Workers - Duhhhhh!!

    03/15/2014 7:07:52 AM PDT · by harpu · 16 replies
    www.bls.gov ^ | 03/12/14 | Economic News Release
    The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on March 12th that the total cost of employing a state or local government worker is 45% more than an equivalent worker in the private sector. For the month of December 2013, employers in private industry spent an average of $29.63 per employee hour worked, but the equivalent cost for a government worker averaged $42.89 per hour. Not only do government employees average 33% higher pay than those in the private sector, their pension and retirement benefit costs are now an incredible 254% higher also. Given that compensation formulas for federal,...
  • DHS Abusing Overtime Pay

    11/01/2013 3:06:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    The latest report from the U.S. Office of Special Council has found some serious waste in the Department of Homeland Security. Shocking! The report shows a collection of data showing that nearly $8.7 million in overtime pay was spent on employees who were sometimes doing nothing more than watching “sports and entertainment” channels on TV. According to the government investigator, collecting overtime pay in the DHS is a “long-standing abuse” and has become a “persistent pattern”. Employees have been able to take advantage of a program known as Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime. This system is meant to be used only for...
  • Furloughed Workers Seeking Unemployment Pay in D.C.

    10/02/2013 1:05:31 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | 10/2/13 | NBC Washington DC
    Federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown are beginning to file for unemployment benefits with the District of Columbia. Najla Haywood, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Employment Services, says all initial claims for unemployment need to be filed online due to the increased demand.
  • Shocker: New Survey Finds Nearly Every Federal Employee Rejects ObamaCare

    08/13/2013 12:09:21 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | Aug 12, 2013 | By Merrill Matthews
    Who knew that when President Obama promised, “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period,” he was only referring to federal employees … and himself? A new survey of 2,500 federal employees and retirees found that 92.3 percent believe federal workers should keep their current health insurance and not be forced into ObamaCare. Only 2.9 percent say they should become part of the new health insurance exchanges. I suspect a similar percentage of private sector employees would also like to keep their coverage, but most won’t get that option. What...
  • Obama: ‘Economy Would Be Much Better Off’ With More Government Workers

    07/30/2013 9:35:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 30, 2013 - 4:37 PM | Fred Lucas
    President Barack Obama—citing the job losses since he took office—said “the economy would be much better off,” unemployment would be 6.5 percent and the national deficit would be in decline if there were more federal, state and local government workers. “If those layoffs had not happened, if public sector employees grew like they did in the past two recessions, the unemployment rate would be 6.5 instead of 7.5,” Obama said. “Our economy would be much better off, and the deficit would still be going down because we would be getting more tax revenue.” …
  • Pension Falsehoods -- And Realities

    06/17/2013 9:36:37 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Market Ticker ^ | 17 June 2013 | Karl Denninger
    There's dumb and then there's really dumb. The executive of Sacramento County in California recently attributed the increase in his county’s pension costs to “investment losses during the recession.” The official, Brad Hudson, is right that public pension costs are growing, but not that investment losses are to blame. To the contrary, these expenses are rising despite gains in pension-fund investments. Oh really? The article goes on to say that the Dow is up 15% from December 31st 2007 to June 3rd of this year. True. But annualized this is less than a 3% rate of return, while the pension...
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit Official Earns $330K Without Working

    06/09/2013 1:58:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Bay Area News Group ^ | 06/09/2013 | Thomas Peele and Daniel J. Willis
    BART's top-paid worker of 2012 never worked a day With a gross salary of more than $333,000, BART's highest-paid employee last year wasn't its general manager, police chief or a worker who racked up gobs of overtime scrubbing grime from filthy train seats. It was someone who did no work at all for BART in 2012: Dorothy Dugger, the agency's former general manager who resigned under pressure more than two years ago. Under a lucrative retirement scheme, Dugger, 57, quietly stayed on the books, burning off nearly 80 weeks of unused vacation time, drawing paychecks and full benefits for more...
  • 3.6 Percent Unemployment—for Government Workers

    04/05/2013 10:06:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 5, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    There is a bright spot in the March jobless numbers, if government is your line of work. The unemployment rate for civilian government workers dropped to 3.6 percent in March from 3.8 percent in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. …
  • The Lost Concept of a Public Servant

    01/14/2013 4:09:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    This is the second in a series on unions in America.Public Servant is defined in Webster’s dictionary as a government official or employee. When I was growing up that perception was accepted on a near-universal basis. Christopher Stevens, our deceased Libyan Ambassador, would fulfill that role in most people’s eyes. Certainly members of the military are truly public servants. But because of public employee unions, our former public servants are really at odds with the public. We have felt that our public employees were against us for a long time as they have used their unionized power to collect massive...
  • New Evidence Confirms Federal Bureaucrats Don’t Work Very Hard, Paid Too Much

    12/14/2012 7:36:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    My Cato Institute colleague, Chris Edwards, put together a remarkable (and depressing) chart showing that federal bureaucrats get almost twice the level of compensation as workers in the productive sector of the economy. Defenders of the bureaucracy (including a federal pay panel dominated by bureaucrats) claim that government employees actually are underpaid because…well…just because.My modest contribution to the debate was to put together a chart based on the Labor Department’s JOLTS data, which shows that bureaucrats are far less likely to voluntarily leave their jobs than folks in the private sector, which is very strong evidence that they are being...
  • Nearly Three-Quarters of Jobs Created Since June Are in Government

    12/08/2012 6:58:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Just when you thought yesterday’s dismal jobs numbers couldn’t get any worse -- they did. According to CNSNews.com, nearly seventy-five percent of all civilian jobs created since the beginning of last summer are in the public sector: Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments. By November, according to data...
  • Unemployment Plunges to 3.8% for Government Workers; Government Adds 35,000 Jobs in November

    12/07/2012 8:12:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Terence Jeffrey
    The unemployment rate for civilian government workers plunged from 4.2 percent in October to 3.8 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as government added 35,000 to its taxpayer-funded payrolls during the month. In October, federal, state and local governments in the United States employed 20,524,000 people. In November, that climbed to 20,559,000. As recently as July, the unemployment rate for government workers was as high as 5.7 percent, according to the BLS. That month, government employed only 20,015,000. Since July, times have been very good for government in the United States, with governments managing to add...
  • For some reason, the city of Detroit still employs a horseshoer

    08/21/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 21, 2012 | Unkown
    Here's a riddle for you: What do you call a horseshoer that doesn't shoe any horses? An employee of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. No, you're not supposed to laugh, but the perpetually cash-strapped city somehow still employs a horseshoer, even though the department does not own horses, nor does the former employee of the Police Department work with any of the city's four-legged equines. The horseshoer's position was revealed as part of an independent report that concluded that the DWSD could "trim more than 80% of its workforce," a suggestion that union leaders say isn't possible. In case...
  • (Roadkill Raccoon) Along Duluth Roadside, Road-Striping Crew Delivers A Final Insult

    09/14/2012 8:41:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | September 14, 2012 | News Tribune staff,
    Along Duluth roadside, road-striping crew delivers a final insult At least one Howard Gnesen Road traveler said she wishes someone on the road crew had taken the time to clear the way before the striping truck came through this week. At least one Howard Gnesen Road traveler said she wishes someone on the road crew had taken the time to clear the way before the striping truck came through this week. Patty Donaldson of Gnesen Township said she’d seen the dead raccoon in the roadway near South Road, north of Arrowhead Road, since early this week. She said she’s been...
  • Romney-Ryan would target federal workers

    08/13/2012 12:44:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    CNN Money ^ | August 13, 2012 | By Jennifer Liberto (Obama MediaPAC)
    (CNNMoney) -- Federal workers' jobs will be under fire if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win November's election. Both Romney and Ryan have made it clear that they think federal workers are one reason the nation's deficit is too high, and have talked about shrinking payrolls and cutting benefits. Unions, in particular, say they're concerned about Ryan, saying he has a record of "undermining" federal workers. Federal workers' pay has been frozen at 2010 levels, a move President Obama supported to save $60 billion from deficits over ten years. If Obama wins in November, the pay freeze is expected to...
  • Sorry About the Fake Bomb (U.S. Embassy Forgets "Bomb" After Drill ... Calls Bomb Squad on Itself)

    08/04/2012 11:02:28 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 31, 2012 | RANDY KREIDER and DANA HUGHES
    Sorry About the Fake Bomb U.S. officials apologized today for mistakenly leaving a fake bomb attached to an embassy vehicle in Oslo and causing a bomb scare that led to the evacuation of the U.S. embassy, Norway's royal palace and part of downtown Oslo. The device had been placed beneath an embassy vehicle as part of a security drill and then mistakenly left there. It was spotted by security guards at the embassy's front entrance when someone tried to drive the vehicle onto embassy grounds just after 11 a.m. local time, triggering the evacuation of the embassy and the palace,...
  • 10 postal workers launch hunger strike

    06/25/2012 10:33:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    CNN Money ^ | June 25, 2012 | By Jennifer Liberto
    Ten current and former postal workers launched a more than 3-day hunger strike Monday to protest looming cuts and closures at the U.S. Postal Service. Drastic? Yes. But organizers say desperate times call for desperate measures. The hunger strikers want the Postal Service to shelve its July plans to start closing or consolidating 48 mail processing plants. By the end of 2014, when the plan to shrink the postal network is completed, 229 plants will be consolidated or closed and 28,000 jobs will be gone. They also want Congress to eliminate a mandate that has been a major financial drag...
  • The Ten Scariest DMV Horror Stories

    05/09/2012 7:15:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    JALOPNIK ^ | May 7, 2012 | Raphael Orlove
    The Ten Scariest DMV Horror Stories There is a dark side to driving in the US, and it is known as the DMV. Listen to these ten tales of woe from Jalopnik readers and you'll get a taste of American bureaucracy at its worst. 10.) Counterfeiters get Mustang GTs Suggested By: frankiepoops What happened: Worst experience that I ever had was when the NY DMV decided that my title for my 1996 green Mustang was counterfeit, not the first time I registered it, but when I went back to put it back on the road after parking it for a...
  • Iowa fires three civil rights investigators for emails

    08/23/2011 11:18:26 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 8 replies
    globegazette ^ | aug 2011
    <p>Three Iowa civil rights investigators have been fired after sending hundreds of gossipy emails calling co-workers derogatory nicknames like "Psycho," "Monster," and "Roid Rage," and forwarding pictures that made fun of fat people, Wal-Mart customers and others, according to public records and interviews.</p>
  • This explains a lot (Humor)

    08/23/2011 2:12:37 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 5 replies
    Unknown | The Partnership for Public Service (book author)
    This explains a lot. Yes, it is a real book. Yes, it on Amazon.
  • Day in the life of a public service worker(video)

    06/16/2011 12:12:34 PM PDT · by mainestategop
    youtube ^ | illinoislibertarian
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEwEZJXYcLg&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL A video by a friend of mine. Warning: contains language.;
  • TIME: A Fiscal Wake-Up Call for the States

    04/26/2011 6:48:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    TIME.com ^ | April 26, 2011 | By David Von Drehle
    The financial picture is still grim in state capitals across the country. In California, for example, the once-again Gov. Jerry Brown has bailed $11 billion of red ink out of the budget, leaving him with $15 billion to go. A new poll of Golden State voters suggests that the drumbeat of fiscal calamity is starting to move citizens to favor drastic action: tax hikes, spending cuts and public employee pension reforms. Now comes a new report from the Pew Center on the States warning that things are even worse than they seem. Following up on an influential study of public...
  • Coast to Coast They Hate the Most .

    04/09/2011 6:29:47 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 19 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/9/2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    Wisconsin's labor vote effort may have failed to displace Prosser, but that's only one plank of the Democratic program to mobilize their base. So far the theme is labor, women and blacks. Wisconsin kicked the labor unions into high gear, which is important as it locks down part of a potential swing vote. Now comes rhetoric about Republicans waging a war on women. There is “a war on women,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says. No there isn't, but there is a war for the female vote. Hitting Republicans on social services cuts. Putting abortion front and center. New DNC...
  • UK: Workers March In Spending Cuts Backlash

    03/26/2011 5:47:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The Government is facing the biggest public backlash against its spending cuts as tens of thousands of workers stage a mass protest in central London. Labour politicians including leader Ed Miliband are taking part, as well as officials from trade unions, community groups, student and pensioner organisations, and a number of activists planning to take direct action. Banks and stores in Oxford Street will be targeted by anti-cuts group UK Uncut, as well as a "secret" location, which will be hit by protesters. More than 600 coaches and dozens of trains have been hired to bring people to the capital,...
  • The SEC Employees Watching Porn At Work Were Making Over $200,000/Year

    03/14/2011 2:18:56 PM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 14, 2011 | Courtney Comstock
    Last year, an investigation revealed that there were 24 SEC employees and 7 employees who had been contracted by the SEC who were caught watching porn on work computers (one of whom admitted doing it for 8 hours per day). Now Denver lawyer Kevin Evans's letter requesting that the SEC release their names (the SEC refuses) via the FOIA has more details on the employees: 1.The locations the employees worked at were: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Fort Worth, Texas; Los Angeles; and Washington, D.C.
  • Protesters flood Wis. Capitol over anti-union vote

    03/10/2011 6:50:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 10, 2011
    Thousands of protesters pushed past security, climbed through windows and flooded the Wisconsin Capitol on Wednesday night after Senate Republicans pushed through a plan to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights. Within an hour and a half of the vote, the protesters had seized the building's lower floors, creating an ear-splitting free-for-all of pounding drums, screaming chants, horns and whistles. Police gave up guarding the building entrances and retreated to the third floor. Protester Damon Terrell, 19, called Senate vote a "despicable travesty." "They know what they're doing is wrong," he said. "Which child hides what they...
  • PA: Pension legal challenge suggested

    03/05/2011 9:58:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Daily Review (Towanda, PA) ^ | March 5, 2011 | by Robert Swift
    HARRISBURG - Worries about unsustainable public pension costs are prompting a statewide group to suggest a legal challenge to the widely held assumption that pension benefits for current state government and public school employees can't be scaled back. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants urged Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers to consider taking unspecified legal action to address benefits for current employees as a way to bring pension costs under control. The CPAs said they are not advocating a specific legal approach, but such a challenge could be mounted by passing new pension benefit-cuts legislation as a way to...
  • Manchester budget debacle grows, teachers say health care concessions off the table

    03/03/2011 7:48:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Manchester Union Leader (NH) ^ | March 3, 2011 | By BETH LAMONTAGNE HALL
    Junking the plan of Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Manchester school board is backing a proposed budget that spends more than the mayor wants to. A teachers' union official said concessions on health care are off the table, and teachers are ready for layoffs if that turns out to be the case. Scott McGilvray said teachers already agreed to four years of health-care concessions in 2009. McGilvray said he hasn't heard from any teachers who agree with Gatsas' concessions, which call for them to shoulder 20 percent of their premiums and increased deductibles and co-pays. Gatsas said teachers pay only 6...
  • Unions winning battle for public opinion in Wisconsin

    03/01/2011 5:46:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 88 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2011 | By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    A plurality of people nationwide side with labor unions over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in the ongoing budget standoff in the Badger State, according to a new Pew Poll. Forty-two percent of people said they favor unions, while 31 percent take Walker's side and another nine percent take neither side in the skirmish. The Pew numbers are the first credible polling since Walker introduced his budget repair bill and state Senate Democrats left the state to prevent the Republican majority from being able to pass it. It's worth noting, however, that the Pew numbers come from a national sample...
  • [New York] 'Free' E-ZPass doled out to state workers, retirees

    03/01/2011 5:22:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    WNYT (Albany, NY) ^ | March 1, 2011 | By: Beth Wurtmann
    ALBANY - Every time you drive through that E-ZPass lane it costs you. But the Waste Watchers have learned not everyone pays. Thousands of state workers and retirees are getting a free ride. Tolls that are never collected. Money that never goes back into the Thruway budget. And the biggest perk? Retirees hired before 2005. They get a free E-ZPass for life. The Authority only tracks the use periodically. So if employees run personal errands or share the pass with friends, it represents more in uncollected tolls. "It sounds like a loosey-goosey system where the numbers aren't tracked very closely,"...
  • A sneak attack by militant labor

    03/01/2011 4:34:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 1, 2011 | By Michael Graham
    Even the traditionally liberal Washington Post has figured it out. Yesterday’s headline read: “Ohio, Wisconsin shine spotlight on new union battle: Government workers vs. taxpayers.” Not “middle-class vs. wealthy” or “struggling school teachers vs. billionaire Koch brothers.” No, the real fight is between public servants and the public they allegedly serve. The sentimental story line that unions are “friends of the workin’ man” is unraveling. Six-figure salaries and benefits  .  .  .  and these government union workers are declaring war on us? They should be buying us drinks and offering back rubs. I believe it’s because they just don’t get it. Protected,...
  • Boehner: If some federal workers lose jobs because of GOP cuts, 'so be it'

    02/15/2011 12:11:43 PM PST · by Qbert · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/15/2011 | Xuan Thai & Deirdre Walsh
    Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday if some federal workers lose jobs because of Republican-proposed spending cuts, "so be it." But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was quick to say "not so be it." "Over the last two years since President Obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs and if some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it," Boehner said during a news conference with reporters at the Republican National Committee. "We're broke! It's time for us to get serious about how we're spending the nation's money." Boehner,...
  • Wisconsin Gov. Says National Guard could Respond to Unrest

    02/11/2011 1:17:00 PM PST · by Tom Rounder · 34 replies
    WUVM ^ | February 11, 2011 | Ann-Elise Henzl
    Gov. Scott Walker says he is confident state workers will continue to show up for work and do their jobs, despite their potential disappointment in his emergency budget proposal. However, if there is worker unrest, Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond. The governor revealed Friday that he wants the state Legislature to go into Special Session next week to take up his plan to close a budget deficit. His plan calls for workers to lose nearly all their collective bargaining rights. State employees also would be required to pay more for pension and health care benefits.
  • AFSCME campaign takes on 'lies' about public workers

    12/04/2010 8:03:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies · 5+ views
    Sacramento Bee State Worker Blog ^ | December 3, 2010 | Jon Ortiz
    The American Federation of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees has launched a new campaign to "Stop the Lies" by politicians and the media that public employees' pay and pensions are sinking government. AFSCME argues in an open letter on its website that business and the media are scapegoating government workers: "The only thing attacking public service workers does is divert attention from the real culprits of our country's economic troubles and inequality: You, greedy Wall Street CEOs, politicians in Washington who turn a blind eye, and all right-wing talking heads who spin lies."
  • Marin pensions $2 billion in debt

    10/24/2010 5:16:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | October 24, 2010 | by Nels Johnson
    A new study concludes that Marin County's pension system is more than $2 billion in debt, more than double the amount cited by local officials. Stanford's Institute for Economic Policy Research estimated last spring that the state's three major public employee pension funds were underfunded by $425 billion as of June 2008, compared with fund estimates of only $55 billion. That study included CalPERS, the program to which most Marin cities belong, and estimated that the likelihood of meeting obligations to public employees over the next 16 years was just 16 percent. Taxpayers must pay for benefits no matter what...
  • LA Times: Unions labor to rally rank and file for elections

    10/24/2010 4:50:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 24, 2010 | Tom Hamburger
    Nationwide, unions are spending at least $200 million, closely tracking members' early voting activity and arranging phone banks, door-to-door contacts and get-to-the-polls transportation efforts. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has dedicated $87 million this election cycle, making it the largest single outside spending group this election, exceeding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "It's the most data-driven and sophisticated effort we've ever undertaken," says Karen M. White the political director of the National Education Assn., the teachers union that will spend $40 million on political activities this year. The SEIU, for example, is spending $2 million in...
  • Philadelphia, other cities struggle with unfunded pension liabilities

    10/20/2010 7:32:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Insurance & Financial Advisor.com ^ | October 20, 2010 | By Jaime L. Brockway
    As public pensions struggle for funding, workers who relied on these funds for their retirement are going to need to retool their retirement planning, creating an opportunity for financial service professionals in these areas. The study estimated that every household in the 50 participating cities and counties owes about $14,165 to current and former municipal public employees; in New York City, San Francisco and Boston, the total is more than $30,000 per household. Philadelphia has the most immediate cause for concern, as the city cannot pay unfunded liabilities with its existing assets past 2015. Cities with current pension assets that...
  • LA County supervisors delay pension reform discussion after unions balk

    10/20/2010 7:18:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | October 19, 2010 | By Troy Anderson
    Despite learning Tuesday that Los Angeles County faces a $26 billion tab over coming decades to cover pension and retiree health care costs, the Board of Supervisors delayed pursuing reforms to the retirement system after unions threatened legal action. "You might want to check with your counsel on your legal position in voting on this motion because, in our view, it's an unfair labor practice," said Blaine Meek, chairman of the Coalition of County Unions. "Second, you have many hurdles to go through in getting pension reform. It's not just about negotiating with the unions. You have to get legislation...
  • FDR's warning: Public employee unions a no-no

    10/17/2010 7:01:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Hernando Today (Tampa, FL) ^ | October 17, 2010 | By JOHN REINIERS
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the patron saint of the American labor movement, was a man of strong character. Although he had a lock on labor's vote, he expressed caution about public sector unions. Roosevelt reasoned: "... Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations ... The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for ... officials...
  • City of Tampa grapples with rising cost of pension plans

    10/15/2010 7:24:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | October 15, 2010 | By CHRISTIAN M. WADE
    TAMPA - Tampa's pension costs are rising at an alarming rate, city officials say, even as the city has shed hundreds of jobs and cut spending to meet its payroll obligations. Four years ago, city taxpayers contributed about $1.5 million to Tampa's police and fire pension fund. Next year, city officials project that figure to surpass $19.5 million. Overall, the city's contributions to its public safety and general employee pensions have doubled in the past two years, from $20 million to a projected $40.6 million next year. Tampa isn't the only Florida city grappling with rising pension costs. John Thomas,...
  • UK: Public pensions review amounts to significant pay cut, unions warn

    10/07/2010 5:34:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | October 7, 2010 | Polly Curtis
    Unions today condemned plans to increase the payments made by public sector workers into their pension pots, claiming it amounted to a "significant" pay cut. They said the move would leave six million nurses, teachers and council workers worse off in retirement, and one union leader warned it would lead to "French-style" street protests. The former Labour minister Lord Hutton, who was asked by the government to conduct an inquiry into public sector pensions, recommended raising the retirement age for public employees in the longer term and ending "inherently unfair" final salary schemes. Public sector workers should immediately pay more...
  • Unions step up job-site politiciking for Jerry Brown

    10/07/2010 4:37:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 7, 2010 | By Queenie Wong
    Aamir Deen, an organizer for the labor union UNITE HERE Local 49, sits down at a table, references a flier with a red check next to a picture of Democrat Jerry Brown and explains in English and Spanish why the gubernatorial candidate is union-endorsed over Republican Meg Whitman. "Jerry Brown, he wants to create more jobs and make the city stronger," he tells workers. "It's very important that you support this guy, not her." Called a work-site informational blitz, the statewide effort is a major component of the California Labor Federation's campaign to get union members to head to the...
  • LA Times: Former L.A. labor leader investigated [SEIU]

    09/28/2010 6:45:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 28, 2010 | Paul Pringle and Patrick J. McDonnell
    As part of a lengthy corruption investigation, federal authorities have been examining $150,000 in consulting fees paid to a disgraced former Los Angeles labor leader under a confidential agreement signed by Andy Stern, then president of the powerful Service Employees International Union, according to documents and interviews. The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles had considered filing embezzlement charges against Alejandro Stephens, who headed the SEIU local for county government workers, in connection with the payments. They say the FBI and U.S. Labor Department investigators are focusing on whether Stern or other SEIU leaders expected Stephens to perform any work...
  • SEIU: GOP's 'Pledge' to Favor Special Interests; Target Federal Workers

    09/24/2010 9:40:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    SEIU.org ^ | September 23, 2010 | By Kate Thomas
    Today the Republican Party rolled out a 21-page political agenda they've dubbed 'Pledge To America.' Recalling Republicans' 1994 "Contract With America," the Pledge is the GOP's gimmicky attempt to lay out what their agenda will be if they regain control of one or both houses of Congress. Included in the "Pledge To America" is a promise to cap federal hiring. This provision would hurt American workers in a number of ways. By cutting--not creating--more jobs in an economy where there are already nearly five unemployed workers for every job opening. By enacting a hiring freeze which could result in an...
  • Concern over future sparks spike in retirement of N.J. workers

    08/15/2010 5:57:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    New Jersey.com ^ | August 15, 2010 | Lisa Fleisher
    When Gov. Chris Christie’s pension-cutting rhetoric started rumbling through union halls, fire stations and teachers lounges across the state earlier this year, many predicted a coming wave of retirements. That wave is here. Retirement applications from teachers, police officers, firefighters and state workers jumped 67 percent through the first seven months of the year. Nearly 14,900 workers in the public employees pension systems put in their retirement papers through the end of July — already 16 percent more than all of last year. Public sector workers — and their contractual raises and guaranteed benefits — have become a target when...
  • Our View: Civil servants paid more like masters

    08/15/2010 5:32:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Appeal-Democrat ^ | August 14, 2010
    Workers in the federal government now earn, on average, double what private-sector workers make, according to a USA Today study released Aug. 10. "Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation," the paper said. "Public employee unions say the compensation gap reflects the increasingly high level of skill and education required for most federal jobs and the government contracting out lower-paid jobs to the private sector in recent years." The report was based on numbers from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. The federal pay and benefits also...