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  • Metra union members in line for 20 percent pay hikes over 6 years

    11/03/2013 6:51:49 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | Nov 2, 2013 | By Richard Wronski
    Metra union members in line for 20 percent pay hikes over 6 years By Richard Wronski, Chicago Tribune reporter 6:03 p.m. CDT, November 2, 2013 Members of one of Metra's biggest labor unions could get raises worth more than 20 percent over the next six years and a $3,000 "signing bonus", according to a proposed contract negotiated between the commuter rail agency and the union. The proposed pact, awaiting approval from about 337 clerical workers and ticket agents belonging to the Transportation Communications Union, was announced last week and comes as Metra continues to negotiate with 12 other unions, including...
  • The Underworked Public Employee: Government workers take it easier than their private counterparts.

    12/05/2012 9:24:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/05/2012 | By ANDREW G. BIGGS AND JASON RICHWINE
    With state and local governments struggling to balance budgets in a still sluggish economy, government employment has fallen by 562,000 jobs since September 2008, a decline of 2.6%. In response, the Obama administration has called for more federal aid—on top of the $250 billion doled out in the 2009 Recovery Act—to help keep state and local government payrolls near prerecession levels. But supporters of more federal aid implicitly assume that the size of the public sector was optimal before the recession. On the contrary, overstaffing is a serious problem in government, and the best evidence is a simple empirical fact:...
  • Pinellas County commissioners consider bonus for workers [it's "fair"]

    09/07/2012 4:40:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | September 7, 2012 | Anna M. Phillips
    Under pressure to match a bonus the Pinellas sheriff plans to award his staff, the County Commission is leaning toward offering its employees a similar deal. At the board's Thursday meeting, a majority of the commissioners said they would support a $1,200 one-time bonus for employees next fiscal year, as well as three additional days off. This payment would come at the same time that the board plans to raise property taxes to help absorb a $25 million budget gap. Careful to describe the money as a one-time payment rather than a raise, commissioners said that Sheriff Bob Gualtieri's surprise...
  • Museum union [SEIU] votes to OK strike

    08/07/2012 3:10:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 5, 2012 | Neal J. Riley, Heather Knight
    A picket line could soon become the newest attraction at San Francisco's two fine arts museums if a contract dispute between some museum employees and management continues. Workers in the union that represents about 90 employees of the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor Museum in Lincoln Park completed voting last week to authorize their two-person bargaining team to call a strike if talks fail. "We do not want to go on strike, but we will be forced to if management refuses to work with us," said Larry Bradshaw, vice president of...
  • Nevada Public Employees Retirement System Info is public

    12/22/2011 3:05:34 PM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    Jim Pierce Blog ^ | 12/22/2011 | Jim Pierce
    Carson City judge James Russell told the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System to release the names of all retired employees including their benefits by January 4, 2012. The Reno Gazette-Journal sued to get the information several years ago. The following will be public: names, salary, retirement dates and benefit amounts.
  • Report: LA Fire Capt. Paid $50K In Vacation, OT Allegedly Falsified Time Card

    11/09/2011 11:20:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    CBS) ^ | November 9, 2011 10:16 AM
    A Los Angeles city fire captain is on leave after for allegedly falsifying his timecard after auditors found he was paid $50,000 in vacation time last year, according to a report Wednesday. Capt. Eric Vasquez was paid nearly $77,000 above his base salary of $108,000 — the equivalent of nearly 23 weeks of pay — in vacation, overtime and bonus pay, according to payroll information obtained by the Daily News under the California Public Records Act. The alleged falsification by Vasquez, a 17-year LAFD veteran whose duties involved supervising time sheet data entry — including his own — were discovered...
  • City worker jailed for stealing $10M from fund to identify 9/11 remains still holding on to cash

    09/06/2011 11:41:47 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    ny dailynews.com ^ | 9-6-2011 | BY Tina Moore
    Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks, ex-city worker Natarajan Venkataram says he’s sorry he stole millions of dollars meant for identifying the remains of trade center victims. He’s just not sorry enough to turn over $400,000 sitting in his bank account in India. The city has recovered $7 million of the $10 million he and an accomplice stole, but he went to court to hold onto this final portion of his ill-gotten gains. In a phone interview from the federal prison camp at Fort Dix, N.J., Venkataram, 46, whined about jail conditions and apologized repeatedly for his crime. Asked...
  • CEO online scandal shocks Metro (LIBERAL UNION project defended, excused and swept under rug)

    07/29/2011 2:43:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2011 | CAROL CHRISTIAN
    Greanias suspended over accessing 'adult' websites on agency's system The Metropolitan Transit Authority's efforts to rebuild public confidence suffered a setback Thursday with the announcement that President and CEO George Greanias, the public face of the "new Metro," has been suspended for visiting sexually explicit websites using the agency's Internet access. Some observers said Greanias, who has led Metro since last September, has been so good for the agency that the embarrassing bombshell should not prevent his continued leadership...... Metro suspended Greanias for one week without pay effective immediately, a punishment that Chairman Gilbert Garcia said was harsher than typically...
  • Public employee unions push bargaining bills (How not to run a state.)

    07/05/2011 6:34:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    CalPensions.com ^ | 7/5/11 | Ed Mendel
    Bills strengthening the hand of public employee unions in bargaining for pay, pensions and working conditions are moving through the Legislature, usually on party-line votes with Democrats in support and Republicans opposed. The new governor, Jerry Brown, dismayed fellow Democrats last week by vetoing a bill making it easier for farm workers to unionize in the private sector. Now he is likely to receive a number of bills pushed by powerful public employee unions. Having a Democrat in the governor’s office, who relied on union contributions as he defeated a self-funded Republican who set a spending record, gives labor leaders...
  • Mayor: City employees deserve praise for taking pay cuts

    04/01/2011 9:17:12 AM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, March 31, 2011 | 1:37 p.m. | By Dave Toplikar
    Mayor Oscar Goodman says Las Vegas city employees deserve cheers — not jeers — for their roles in helping the city through its budget crisis. Goodman told reporters at his weekly press conference Thursday that some city employees are getting a bad rap when they're out in public. "It's very unfortunate where they may be out in the supermarket or something and people make a gesture at them just because they're with the city and I think they're confusing us with other entities," Goodman said.
  • Hitting the Government Job Lotto

    03/04/2011 12:16:46 PM PST · by throwback · 11 replies
    WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE ^ | March 3, 2011 | Scott Stewart
    Cathy Williams, the Bellevue Public Schools’ longtime communications director, is leaving at the end of December. Williams, 54, said she plans to help the district with its transition to a new superintendent and help train her replacement. Her retirement plans include staying in Bellevue and doing some traveling. “My intent is to stay involved in the community,” she said. “I really don’t have anything that I’ve decided that I definitely want to do other than that.” She is retiring at a salary of $132,462.77, plus longevity pay of $4,967.35. She was the highest paid school district spokesperson in Nebraska, according...
  • Woman dies at desk, but nobody notices

    02/18/2011 6:42:22 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Feb 18, 2011
    Woman dies at desk, but nobody notices Last Modified: Feb 18, 2011 04:52AM Perhaps if it hadn’t happened on a Friday, this sad tale wouldn’t have come to pass. As Los Angeles County employee Rebecca Walls toiled on a risk analysis audit, she apparently died at her desk, but nobody noticed her body until the next day. Co-workers described her as tireless. Always “working, working, working.” Clearly so hard that none of those cube farm co-habitants noticed she may not have been breathing when they left work. While the Los Angeles County Coroner investigates the cause of death of the...
  • N.J. pension board members denounce former Harrison firefighter as a cheat, fraud

    01/12/2011 12:24:13 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    The chairman of a state pension board publicly denounced a former Harrison firefighter as a cheat and a fraud Monday for collecting a $2,500-per-month disability pension from New Jersey while working as a full-time firefighter in North Carolina. As Herman Ellis looked on impassively during a hearing in Trenton, the board voted to refer the case to the state Attorney General’s Office for criminal investigation. Board members also said they plan to review whether they can recoup the money Ellis has been paid. "This is clearly fraud — fraud to steal from the state of New Jersey pension fund," board...
  • For Whom Bell, California Tolls (The Town that Symbolizes Public Employee Rot)

    09/20/2010 7:20:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 09/20/2010 | Claude Sandroff
    It tolls, of course, for public employees and for Democrats, the party almost exclusively linked to big labor, big government, and big labor in big government.  Bell, California, a small municipality in Los Angeles County with a population of 40,000, has come to symbolize public employee rot. Bell's average resident earns under $30,000 per year, and its unemployment rate hovers around 16%, even higher than the high statewide rate for California (over 12%). Yet we learned from the Los Angeles Times that Bell was run by Chief Administration Officer Robert Rizzo (D), bringing down a salary of $800,000, and by Police...
  • 61% Underfunded Illinois Teachers Pension Fund Goes For Broke,...By Selling Billions In CDS

    06/14/2010 5:43:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 935+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/14/10 | Tyler Durden
    61% Underfunded Illinois Teachers Pension Fund Goes For Broke, Becomes Next AIG-In-Waiting By Selling Billions In CDS Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/14/2010 14:47 -0500 “If you were to have faxed me this balance sheet and asked me to guess who it belonged to, I would have guessed, Citadel, Magnetar or even a proprietary trading desk at a bank.” So begins a story by Alexandra Harris of the Medill Journalism school at Northwestern, which, however, does not focus on some exotic product-specialized hedge fund, or some discount window (taxpayer capital) backed prop desk (hedge fund) at a TBTF bank, but...
  • Advance guard of angry women lead Italians into European protests over austerity cuts

    05/30/2010 4:55:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 761+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 05/29/10 | Nick Squires
    Advance guard of angry women lead Italians into European protests over austerity cuts Italy is the latest eurozone nation to be threatened by finacial woe - after Silvio Berlusconi assured his compatriots for months that they had weathered the crisis By Nick Squires in Rome Published: 7:49PM BST 29 May 2010 Advance guard of angry women lead Italians into European protests over austerity cuts Proposed measures aim to shave 24 billion euros off government spending in the next two years Photo: NICK CORNISH They were the advance guard of an army of Italians whose anger is rising as their country...
  • Parents Not Happy With T.I. School Visit (principle's rude Bush insulting note to parents)

    04/23/2010 7:55:33 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 39 replies · 1,835+ views
    http://www.11alive.com ^ | 4/21/2010 | Jayne Watson
    HENRY COUNTY, GA -- Out of jail and doing community service, Clifford "T.I." Harris made a trip to Woodland Middle School in Henry County on March 5, an unwanted surprise for one family. Tom Myers was surprised when his daughter came home and told him that T.I. had been the speaker at the assembly on anti bullying. Myers told 11Alive News that had he known T.I. was speaking, he would not have allowed his daughter to attend. So he wrote an e-mail to Woodland's principal, Dr. Terry Oatts. "The first e-mail I sent to him was to ask that from...
  • The Public Eye: Pension promises threaten California cities, counties

    04/11/2010 6:08:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 704+ views
    SacBee ^ | 04/11/10 | Phillip Reese
    The Public Eye: Pension promises threaten California cities, counties By Phillip Reese preese@sacbee.com Published: Sunday, Apr. 11, 2010 - 12:00 am | Page 1A This year, the city of Roseville will spend about as much to fund its pension plan as it does on parks and recreation. San Luis Obispo County will spend five times as much on pensions as it does prosecuting criminals. And Stanislaus County's pension costs will be nearly double its $23.5 million general fund budget deficit. The initial logic of increasing retirement benefits to retain quality employees has been turned on its head: Paying for those...
  • Police investigating firefighter's comments about Sisolak

    04/09/2010 6:10:45 PM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Las Vegas Review ^ | Apr. 09, 2010 | ANTONIO PLANAS
    Las Vegas police are investigating whether any crimes were committed when a local firefighter posted on Facebook that she wanted to shoot a county commissioner who has been outspoken about firefighters' salaries and benefits. Bill Cassell, a spokesman with Las Vegas police, said his department is working closely with the district attorney's office probing the comments made toward Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.
  • Steep Losses Pose Crisis for Pensions (public employee pension fund in panic)

    10/11/2009 8:08:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 1,318+ views
    WP ^ | 10/11/09 | David Cho
    Steep Losses Pose Crisis for Pensions Two Bad Choices for Funds: Cut Benefits Or Take Greater Risks to Rebuild Assets By David Cho Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, October 11, 2009 The financial crisis has blown a hole in the rosy forecasts of pension funds that cover teachers, police officers and other government employees, casting into doubt as never before whether these public systems will be able to keep their promises to future generations of retirees. The upheaval on Wall Street has deluged public pension systems with losses that government officials and consultants increasingly say are insurmountable unless pension managers...
  • Public employee unions rule—or do they? (Michael Barone)

    08/12/2005 2:36:56 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 10 replies · 599+ views
    USNews.com/Baroneblog ^ | August 12, 2005 | Michael Barone
    Check out the story in page A4 of Thursday's Wall Street Journal, evidently not available online. "Three Republican governors hit unions," the headline says, and the lead runs: "Several Republican governors are trying to weaken organized labor in the one place it has remained strong: representing public employees." The three Republican governors in question are Matt Blunt of Missouri, Bob Ehrlich of Maryland, and Mitch Daniels of Indiana. They are said to be following the example of Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky. Back in the 1950s, nearly 35 percent of private sector employees were union members and not much more than...
  • Worker's censure ignites debate (made comment about Lesbians)

    07/21/2005 3:35:13 PM PDT · by Coleus · 70 replies · 2,706+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 06.21.05 | ROBERT RATISH
    Worker's censure ignites debate Thursday, July 21, 2005 WAYNE - A William Paterson University employee censured for calling a film on lesbian relationships a "perversion" has sparked a debate over where free speech ends and discrimination begins.Jihad Daniel, 68, of Hackensack said he was simply expressing his Muslim religious beliefs in the e-mail to a WPU educator advertising the film. But university administrators contend he violated the university's anti-discrimination policy. And the e-mail's recipient said she felt the e-mail qualifies as harassment, not free speech.The dispute began in March when Professor Arlene Holpp Scala of the women's studies department sent...
  • CA: Ending the rip-off - Public employee pension fraud requires major overhaul

    01/04/2005 8:56:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 482+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 1/4/05 | Op/Ed
    First came the reports of "Chief's Disease," with retiring California Highway Patrol command staff members spiking their pensions by filing questionable disability claims. Then, it was revealed that many retiring Los Angeles County firefighters manipulated the pension system the same way. Now we learn county sheriff's deputies get enhanced pension benefits at nearly the highest rate in the state. Experts speculate that these departments represent just a drop in the as-yet-undiscovered reservoir of public employee pension fraud. The public employee pension system is rife with fraud. Many savvy government employees have figured how to milk it for a cushier retirement...
  • State police employee gets probation for deleting friend's records

    11/11/2003 3:53:52 PM PST · by mhking · 13 replies · 404+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11.11.03
    <p>MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- A judge has granted a special form of probation that may result in charges being dismissed against a state police employee accused of deleting a friend's arrest files.</p> <p>Sharyn Lemley, an office assistant with the state police's Bureau of Identification, was granted accelerated rehabilitation by Middlesex Superior Court Judge Thomas O'Keefe on Friday, The Middletown Press reported.</p>