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  • Public Employees — Ever More Untouchable: California's Public Workers are a Privileged Caste

    03/30/2017 8:02:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 03/30/2017 | Steven Greenhut
    One of the most obnoxious trends in the nation, and one that is particularly acute in California, is the continued push to enshrine public employees as a special, privileged caste of Americans, exempt from the rules and obligations that apply to the rest of us. As I documented in my 2009 book, Plunder!, public employees often now receive the kind of pay, benefits, and protections more fitting for France, where civil service is the highest calling. In the United States, we traditionally valued entrepreneurship and freedom above pencil-pushing and bureaucracy. But times have changed. In California, a raft of public-employee...
  • EDITORIAL: State retirement system will mount another appeal with taxpayer cash

    02/05/2017 1:41:19 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 1 replies ^ | 02/04/2017 | Las Vegas Review-Journal
    It’s long past time for the Nevada Supreme Court to send a clear message to the folks running the state public pension system. Last week, attorneys for the Public Employee Retirement System announced they will appeal a District Court ruling that brushed aside the agency’s effort to withhold information from the taxpayers who support the pension fund. It’s just the latest gambit in the system’s six-year effort to delay, impede and obfuscate when it comes to lawful court orders. On at least four occasions, agency arguments that retiree pension payouts should be confidential have failed in court. Yet rather than...
  • Former head of Boulder City’s animal shelter receives 90-day jail sentence

    01/31/2017 3:29:32 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 10 replies ^ | 1/31/2017 | By BROOKE WANSER
    The former head of Boulder City’s animal shelter was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail for needlessly euthanizing her own dog. Mary Jo Frazier pleaded guilty in October to a felony charge of animal cruelty after admitting she killed her dachshund. She previously denied allegations that she euthanized animals for fun at the shelter.
  • Quotes of the day

    07/13/2015 7:30:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot ^ | July 13, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Scott Walker, the political phenomenon who rose to national fame by taking on unions in one of the most blue-collar states, announced Monday that he’ll seek the Republican nomination for president, using his kick-off rally to throw red meat to his conservative supporters. “Americans want to vote for something and for someone,” Walker told the roaring crowd in Waukesha, Wisconsin. “So tonight, let me tell you what I’m for. I’m for reform, growth, safety. I’m for transferring power from Washington into the hands of hard working tax payers in all states across the country, that’s real reform.”…“I realize unlike some...
  • Union leaders say they’re braced for ‘war’ on public employees

    01/28/2015 7:36:19 AM PST · by redreno · 19 replies ^ | 01/27/2015 | By LAURA MYERS
    The head of the Nevada AFL-CIO proclaimed Tuesday that “working families are under attack” by Republican lawmakers who want to weaken collective bargaining laws and pensions now that they control the Legislature.Danny Thompson, executive-secretary treasurer of the organization, told supporters at the Teamsters Local 14 union hall that the designated GOP Assembly speaker, John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, had sent a letter to local governments soliciting ideas for changes in public employee collective bargaining — the workers’ right to negotiate pay and benefits.Thompson, a former assemblyman, said he’s been watching the Legislature for some 35 years and he had never seen...
  • PERS points out weaknesses in Nevada think tank’s retirement study

    01/23/2015 7:27:54 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies ^ | January 22, 2015 - 4:21pmUpdated | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — A retirement system official said Thursday a report showing that some public employees who retire collect more in pension benefits than they did while working was based on less than 2 percent of beneficiaries. The analysis also does not reflect changes to the retirement plan made in 1985 that reduced pension payouts, said Tina Leiss, executive officer of the system. The conclusions in the report issued by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a conservative think tank based in Las Vegas, do not account for the vast majority of the members and retirees of the Public Employees’ Retirement...
  • Study: Many public-sector retirees making more than they did on job

    01/22/2015 7:37:08 AM PST · by redreno · 11 replies ^ | 01/22/2015 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Most people who make the decision to retire have to figure out how to live on fewer dollars, but that is not always the case with Nevada state and local government employees, a new analysis has found. The analysis by the conservative think tank Nevada Policy Research Institute, using newly available public data provided by the Public Employees Retirement System, shows that many public sector retirees actually receive a raise upon retirement. The analysis, which looked at 10 of Nevada’s largest government agencies, including the state of Nevada, Las Vegas, Clark County and the Clark County School...
  • Crooked judge heads straight to public retirement pension

    09/25/2014 8:09:20 AM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies ^ | 09/24/2014 | By JANE ANN MORRISON
    When Steven Jones is sitting in prison (and I’m pretty sure the despicable abuse of his judicial powers will persuade a federal judge he’s unworthy of probation), don’t feel too sorry for him. He probably won’t have money woes when he gets out. While he’s pumping iron behind bars, he can rest assured he might be able to get up to 75 percent of his $200,000 a year salary as a judicial pension, at least at some point. That’s the way the system works. A pension is an earned benefit, so you can be a teacher convicted of molesting children...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...