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  • Lawmakers, Jerry Brown Get Another Pay Raise

    06/19/2017 11:58:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Sacbee ^ | 06/19/17 | Christopher Cadelago
    Gov. Jerry Brown and state politicians will receive a 3 percent pay hike starting in December, their fifth raise in as many years as California’s budget picture continues to improve. The raises, approved Monday by the California Citizens Compensation Commission, come on top the 4 percent salary increases that kicked in late last year. Brown’s pay will climb from $190,102 to $195,805, while rank-and-file lawmakers will go from $104,117 to $107,240. Salaries for other statewide politicians like Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Treasurer John Chiang also will rise. The raises, which came amid five years of...
  • Politicians considering plan to hike their pay

    04/20/2017 10:42:58 AM PDT · by VegasVictor · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 4/19/2017 | Victor Joecks
    CARSON CITY — There’s one thing everyone can agree on: It’s nice to get paid. The problem for lawmakers is that voting yourself a pay raise is a good way to end your political career. The mailer writes itself. Nevada legislators, though, are considering an ingenious — or devious — solution to raise their salaries. Assembly Joint Resolution 10* is a proposed constitutional amendment passed by the Legislature in 2015. Nevada’s constitution requires the Legislature to pass constitutional amendments in two consecutive sessions before sending it to voters in the next general election. Setting salaries of elected officials “unfortunately politicizes...
  • Delta OKs offers of up to $9,950 to flyers who give up seats

    04/14/2017 2:13:44 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 72 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune - AP ^ | April 14, 2017 | DAVID KOENIG and DAMIAN TROISE
    Delta is letting employees offer customers almost $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet. In an internal memo obtained Friday by The Associated Press, Delta Air Lines said gate agents can offer up to $2,000, up from a previous maximum of $800, and supervisors can offer up to $9,950, up from $1,350.
  • Iceland set to tackle gender pay gap with world's toughest law

    04/05/2017 8:39:27 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5th April | BBC News
    Iceland's parliament is examining a bill that would require companies to prove they offer equal pay to employees. The law, which is set to become a world first, aims to close the wage gap between men and women. Companies face auditing and possible fines if they do not comply. Iceland was ranked first in the World Economic Forum's 2015 Global Gender Gap Index, followed by Norway, Finland and Sweden. However, according to Iceland's statistics for the same year, the unadjusted gender pay gap remained at 17%. The bill, which was presented on Tuesday, is supported by the centre-right coalition government...
  • Detroit Public Schools Goes Big For Teacher Merit Pay

    03/07/2017 6:49:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/2/2017 | Tom Gantert
    While many Michigan school districts have scoffed at merit pay for teachers, the urban school district with the worst academic performance in the nation has taken it seriously. The Detroit public school district has instituted a merit pay system that makes the vast majority of teachers eligible to earn awards, sometimes as much as $5,000. Out of 2,729 Detroit schoolteachers, 96 received awards of $1,000 in 2015-16, according to data from a Freedom of Information Act request. Michigan Capitol Confidential is reviewing the merit pay systems of the largest school districts in the state. Then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a law...
  • State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them

    02/27/2017 5:44:20 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/26/2017 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan’s current superintendent of public instruction claimed in a news article that first-year teachers in the state earn $28,000 a year. Superintendent Brian Whiston made his comment in an article in the Feb. 10 edition of MIRS News. If any full-time Michigan public school teacher is paid that amount, it would be an extremely rare instance. There were 540 Michigan public school districts in 2015-16, not counting charter schools. Michigan Capitol Confidential has reviewed hundreds of those districts’ union contracts and has not yet seen a starting salary under $30,000. The Michigan Department of Education didn’t return an email that...
  • Lansing School District Ignores Law Requiring Teacher Merit Pay

    01/27/2017 9:43:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/20/2017 | Derek Draplin
    The Lansing School District does not have a merit pay system to reward top teachers despite a seven-year-old law that requires extra compensation for good performance. A Freedom of Information Act request sent to the district was met with a response: “The LSD does not have a merit pay system for its teachers.” In 2010, then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a law that required school districts to give successful teachers bonuses, something often referred to as merit pay. The law was signed in response to the federal government’s “Race to the Top” program. State law says that public schools must “implement...
  • The Law's the Law – Except When It Says Great Teachers Get Merit Pay

    01/20/2017 5:04:17 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/15/2017 | Tom Gantert
    Here are two facts that seem unrelated but may not be. First, Michigan public school administrators around the state say they face a shortage of qualified science teachers. Second, Paula Gentile, a Belleville High School teacher, was awarded the 2016 “Teacher of Promise” designation by the Michigan Science Teachers Association. Yet Gentile’s salary in 2015-16 was $47,065, or roughly $15,000 below the average for Michigan schoolteachers. That’s because teacher pay at the Van Buren School District, which employs her, is set by a single union-negotiated pay scale that counts only an employee’s years of service and number of academic credentials...
  • Why Men Earn More: a detailed analysis of the Gender Pay Gap

    01/15/2017 4:40:04 PM PST · by beejaa · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan. 15, 2017 | Warren Farrell
    Warren Farrell offers an in-depth analysis of the Gender Pay Gap, which results not from discrimination but from personal choices involving trade-offs between income, occupation, flexibility, and fulfillment. These decisions include choosing (or avoiding) hazardous occupations, unfulfilling occupations, willingness to relocate or be on-call, etc. He also examines employment discrimination against men, as well as situations that appear at first glance to be discrimination against women but turn out to actually be discrimination against men in disguise.
  • This Is How Much It 'Costs' To Get An Ambassadorship: Guccifer 2.0 Leaks Donor List

    09/14/2016 6:03:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/14/16 | Tyler Durden
    After addressing a cybersecuirty conference in London, notorious hacker 'Guccifer' shared over 500Mb of documents detailing 100,000 DNC donors contact info and donations. A large number of the largest donors received senior diplomatic or political positions following thge donations, ranging from UK Ambassador to Assistant Attorney General. The DNC released a statement pre-emptively claiming that this was the work of Russia (and reigniting Trump's links to Putin). Probably just coincidence...  Source: imgur Here is the first cut of the alleged major donors on the leaked documents and the positions they received (via Magafeed.com) #1 Matthew Berzun … Ambassador to UK...
  • School Administrator in Line for $58,000 Increase in Pay

    07/15/2016 10:39:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/11/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A top Brighton Area Schools administrator is slated to get a $58,000 annual raise in addition to a $121,931 base salary and a professorial position at a college, drawing criticism from two school board members. The Brighton Area Schools Board of Education will vote Monday on whether Maria Gistinger, assistant superintendent of finance for the district, will get the raise for also serving as director of community education. The new contract would last two years and require Gistinger to work 260 days a year. In addition to her Brighton administrative duties, Gistinger also serves as a full-time professor of accounting...
  • The Great CEO-Worker ‘Pay Gap’ Is Nothing But A Union-Built Myth

    06/14/2016 5:35:35 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 66 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 6/10/2016 | MARK J. PERRY
    In an annual ritual that takes place every May, the AFL-CIO releases its “Executive Paywatch” report to publicize what it considers to be the excessive compensation of the CEOs of America’s biggest multinational firms. The nation’s largest labor federation reports this year that the typical CEO running an S & P 500 firm received total compensation of $12.4 million in 2015 while the average rank-and-file worker was paid just $36,875 — a pay gap of 335-to-1. But the AFL-CIO can only get such an inflated pay ratio by applying a series of statistical sleights... ...the AFL-CIO only considers a very...
  • White male doctors earn 35 percent more than black male doctors

    06/08/2016 3:45:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 77 replies
    via Boston Globe ^ | June 8, 2016 | Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu
    White male physicians in the United States earn a whopping 35 percent more than their black male counterparts — even after accounting for factors such as field of medical specialty, experience, and hours worked. Data published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal also showed a large gender gap. White female physicians earned 40 percent less than white men, and black women earned less still.
  • State Employees' Average Cost Up to $117,000

    05/06/2016 5:04:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/2/2016 | James Hohman
    The average state employee now costs taxpayers $117,000 per year, according to data from the state Department of Civil Service. This includes both salaries and benefits. The total cost of benefits has exploded, even though there are fewer state employees. Annual retirement costs increased from $431.8 million in 2001 to $1.6 billion in 2015. Three factors are driving the increase in employee compensation: a jump in the pension system’s unfunded liabilities, an attempt to pre-fund retiree health care benefits and an increase in the cost of medical insurance. Between 2001 and 2015, the gap between how much has been set...
  • Norway to pay asylum seekers extra to return home

    04/25/2016 12:39:24 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 11 replies
    RT.com ^ | 4/25/16
    Norwegian authorities are set to pay about 10,000 kroner (US$1,200) to asylum seekers willing to leave the country voluntarily. Oslo says the measure is less expensive than keeping refugees in immigration centers in the country. The scheme starts this Monday and will run for six weeks, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (Utlendingsdirektoratet - UDI) said, as cited by broadcaster NRK. The money will be paid to the first 500 asylum seekers who apply for voluntary return to their home countries. “We need to entice more [people] to voluntarily travel back by giving them a bit more money on their way...
  • Newspaper Reporter Still the Worst Job in America

    04/21/2016 7:47:27 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 28 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 21, 2016 | Don Irvine
    For the second year in a row, and third out of the last four, being a newspaper reporter ranks as the worst job in America. The Jobs Rated Report has been compiled by CareerCast since 1988, and ranks 200 U.S. jobs based on a wide range of criteria that includes income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands. Just ahead of newspaper reporter is the job of logger/lumberjack, which finished at number 199 for the second straight year after being dead last in 2014. Another media-related job—broadcaster—came in at number 198, with an equally glum outlook for the future. For...
  • Hillary Clinton will require employers to “review pay fairness”

    04/07/2016 12:53:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/07/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Who is Hillary Clinton pandering to this week? Ah yes… we’re back to the women and the gender wage gap. In her ongoing effort to put some daylight between herself and Bernie Sanders, Clinton is working to shore up her support with female voters and what better way than to promise that everyone will get a raise? (Washington Post) If she is elected, employers would be required to review employee pay to ensure that women are being paid fairly, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.“I’m going to require that everybody take a look,” Clinton said to applause at...
  • Michigan's Highest Paid School Employees (No. 1 Makes $368,836)

    03/10/2016 1:42:36 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/7/2016 | Tom Gantert
    When Curtis Ivery observed his 20th anniversary as chancellor of Wayne County Community College last year, press reports listed his salary at $250,000. As far as his base pay goes, that was correct. But when it comes to high-ranking municipal officials like Ivery, the base pay is often just the starting point. Ivery actually collected $368,836 in 2014-15, which makes him the highest-paid person covered by the state’s school pension system. This list is composed largely of public school and community college employees. Here are the top 10 highest paid in Michigan: Curtis Ivery, Wayne County Community College, superintendent: $368,836...
  • Here’s Where Teachers Get the Highest Pay in Michigan

    03/10/2016 7:50:53 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/5/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Teachers in Farmington Public Schools are paid more than $83,000 per year on average, giving the metro Detroit district the state’s highest paid educators, according to an annual report from the Michigan Department of Education. The top 10 districts with the highest teacher salaries are: Farmington: $83,903 Walled Lake: $80,058 Warren Consolidated: $78,866 Livonia: $78,183 Wyandotte: $78,044 Utica: $77,435 Centerline: $77,118 Allen Park: $76,531 Birmingham: $75,846 Grosse Pointe: $74,824 The list comes with a footnote, however: In analyzing this state's compilation of school district pay in recent years, Michigan Capitol Confidential has found a number of errors. For example, Flint...
  • Setting the Record Straight on Teacher Pay Won't 'Destroy Public Education'

    03/01/2016 11:16:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/24/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In a recent story about political polarization, The Washington Post quoted a Michigan teacher who claimed the Mackinac Center for Public Policy is out to destroy public education because it has published the salaries of particular teachers. Erin Mastin, a teacher with Boyne City Public Schools, was portrayed in the article as someone concerned about divisiveness, and who believes the political system is rigged in favor of the rich and powerful. From the article: She could feel the influence of money in politics in her classroom, she said. In recent months, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a conservative Michigan-based...