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  • Government to create up to 20,000 public sector jobs [Spain]

    07/06/2017 10:44:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 6 July 2017 14:30 CEST+02:00
    The government, in collaboration with trade unions, has announced an ambitious plan to create 15,000 to 20,000 public sector jobs, according to various sources. Just about 7,000 roles will be created for general state administration, with an additional 3,360 roles to be added to the judiciary. The remaining more than 4,000 roles will supplement the national tax authority, the civil service and social security institutions, according to a report in El Mundo. …
  • Iowa GOP passes bill opponents say will gut public unions

    02/16/2017 8:18:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 16, 2017 | By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ AND LINLEY SANDERS
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Public sector unions in Iowa will have less authority to negotiate working conditions for teachers, nurses and correctional officers under a bill passed Thursday in the new Republican-controlled Legislature that critics say is aimed at crippling organized labor in the state. The legislation, expected to be signed into law by Iowa's conservative governor, will prohibit workers from collectively negotiating over health insurance, extra pay and several other items currently covered by law. It's expected to be one of the most significant bills of the legislative session, in part because of loud opposition from Democrats and...
  • Union membership down nearly 40 percent in Wisconsin

    01/27/2017 7:32:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2017 3:38 PM EST
    Union membership in Wisconsin has declined nearly 40 percent since legislation was passed that gutted collective bargaining for public workers, according to federal data. The percentage of public and private workers who were union members was about 8 percent, or 219,000 people, in 2016, down by 136,000 members from 2010 levels, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency’s report shows the percentage of Wisconsin workers in unions is below the national average of 10.7 percent, The State Journal reported. …
  • Sicilian public sector workers skipped work for massages and basketball

    10/05/2016 7:19:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 5 October 2016 12:56 CEST+02:00
    Almost a third of the workers for the local authority in a Sicilian town have been charged with aggravated fraud, after an investigation revealed they were skipping work in favor of activities such as shopping and massages. A total of 59 employees of the city authorities in Milazzo, one of Sicily’s major cities, were found to be leaving the office after clocking in, in order to undertake personal errands, Il Corriere reported. The prosecution said that the workers would also clock in for absent colleagues using their swipe cards, meaning some weren’t present for their entire shift. The investigation had...
  • The Public Sector: Standing in Our Way until We Pay Up; Just a supplementary welfare state.

    11/01/2015 5:56:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/31/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    My favorite criminals are those known in the literature — or at least in the movies — as “standovers,” criminals who specialize in victimizing other criminals. Examples of the type are Omar Little in The Wire, whose occupation is robbing Baltimore drug dealers, and the Joker in The Dark Knight, who loots and extorts Gotham’s mob bosses. The really bold ones who show up at large drug deals and rob both sides. The problem with the standover business model, obviously, is the same as the problem of scorched-earth banditry: It drives away exactly the sort of activity that the criminal...
  • State Workers Use 4x as Many Sick Days as Private Sector

    06/02/2015 10:15:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/30/2015 | Tom Gantert
    State of Michigan employees took an average of 10.7 days of sick leave during the 2014 fiscal year, according to an annual report. Those 10.7 sick days are in addition to 18 days of vacation time the average state employee used. ForTheRecord says: According to the most recent available U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, private sector workers took on average 2 to 5 sick days a year in 2009. Leisure and hospitality and construction workers took 2 sick days a year on average while education and health services workers took up to 5 sick days a year on average.
  • Our police union problem

    05/08/2015 7:10:44 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press/NY Tims ^ | 5-7-15 | Ross Douthat
    For decades now, conservatives have pressed the case that public sector unions do not serve the common good. The argument is philosophical and practical at once. First, the state monopoly on certain vital services makes even work slowdowns unacceptable and the ability to fire poor-performing personnel essential, and a unionized workforce creates problems on both fronts. Second, the government's money is not its own, so negotiations between politicians and their employees (who are also often their political supporters) amount to a division of spoils rather than a sharing of profits. Third, these negotiations inevitably drive up the cost of public...
  • Then and Now: Private vs. Public Sector

    11/24/2014 12:29:10 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 11-24-14 | The Looking Spoon
    In fairness to the public sector column, government is always coming up with innovative ways to confiscate our money.
  • There's A Huge Difference In Public Sector Jobs Under Obama Vs. The Presidents Who Came Before Him

    10/06/2014 8:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/06/2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    If you think the Obama administration has been characterized by a big expansion of government employment, you're wrong.Bill McBride at Calculated Risk has updated his charts of public sector payrolls under President Barack Obama and his recent predecessors.Calculated Risk As you can see, it's not even close.Obama in the dark blue line has seen a sustained and violent slump in public sector employment since he became president, and we're not even close to closing the gap.Reagan had a brief decline in public sector employment, but it came back fast. All the other presidents saw only gains on this measure.
  • Politics Pays: No society can long thrive by making its innovators subservient to its bureaucrats.

    06/29/2014 3:41:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The National Review ^ | 6-29-14 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Chelsea Clinton, from her $10.5 million perch on Gramercy Park, declares that she finds it impossible to care about money. Bill and Hillary Clinton, shuttling between their multimillion-dollar homes — Chappaqua, Washington, the $200,000-a-month rental in the Hamptons — denounce the wicked rich and protest that they are not “truly well off.” A professor of poverty and left-wing activist at the University of North Carolina School of Law is paid $200,000 per annum to teach a single class; anti-inequality crusader Elizabeth Warren was paid $350,000 per annum to teach a single class and thinks deeply about the plight of the...
  • Public sector cutting hours due to ObamaCare, too

    08/23/2013 8:14:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/23/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>It’s been quite a week for ObamaCare, and we’re not even to the end of it yet. First we find out that the White House missed half of the statutory deadlines in the bill and still has almost half of them left unaccomplished. Next, UPS canceled spousal coverage because of the ACA, which will save it $60 million in costs, and CNBC described how employees might start petitioning their bosses to drop health insurance in order to score taxpayer-funded subsidies. The AFL-CIO in Nevada finally discovered what a bad deal they’re getting, and Gallup confirmed that the more people know about ObamaCare, the less they like it.</p>
  • We’re No. 1 — In Public-Employee Pay: Better than the private sector and other countries

    08/12/2013 7:41:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/12/2013 | Andrew G. Biggs
    Amid the recent hubbub over municipal bankruptcies and rising public-employee pension costs, pay for state and local government employees has gotten a great deal of publicity. Lost in the press attention, however, is that federal-employee compensation remains a problem, too, and new data again indicate that Washington, D.C., may be overpaying for the two million workers it employs. In a 2011 AEI paper with Jason Richwine, I concluded that federal workers receive salaries and benefits around 37 percent higher than do private-sector workers with similar levels of education and experience. This prompted congressional requests for the Congressional Budget Office to...
  • 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.” …
  • Broke Detroit's Pension Fund "Trustees" Use Public Funds To Fund Hawaii Trip

    05/25/2013 10:19:12 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Tyler Durden
    Broke Detroit's Pension Fund "Trustees" Use Public Funds To Fund Hawaii Trip Tyler Durden 05/25/2013 12:46 -0400 "When you have city employees, police, and firefighters have taken pay cuts, it doesn't look good," is the somewhat understated response from Detroit's emergency manager to the city's latest debacle. Amid the deepening financial crisis the crumbling region faces, four trustees of its public pension funds spent $22,000 of retirement funds to attend a conference at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu. "It's one of these things we trustees must do to stay on top of the field," is how one of the trustees defended the...
  • VEA teacher's union says we ALL should vote in the June 11 VA Dem primary

    05/19/2013 7:59:26 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    From an email
    May 16, 2013 Dear : The VEA Fund for Children and Public Education Executive Committee (VEA Fund) and The VEA Fund Directors, your elected representatives from across Virginia, have offered recommendations for the June 11 Democratic primaries. The Democratic Party is choosing Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General candidates in an open primary on that day. Republican Candidates are being chosen by a convention this Saturday in Richmond. Regrettably, none of the Republican candidates chose to complete the candidate questionnaire required to gain a recommendation. In Virginia voters do not register by party, so our primaries are open. Any voter can...
  • Wisconsin public sector unions report drastic membership declines

    04/08/2013 9:16:26 AM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 5, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    More than two years after Scott Walker’s showdown with organized labor in Wisconsin, the official numbers for the state’s public sector union membership are in — and they are down. Way down. According a Labor Department filing made last week, membership at Wisconsin’s American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 40 — one of AFSCME’s four branches in the state — has gone from the 31,730 it reported in 2011, to 29,777 in 2012, to just 20,488 now. That’s a drop of more than 11,000 — about a third — in just two years. The council represents city...
  • ANTI-WHITE RACISM FOUND IN CHICAGO TRANSIT HIRING

    03/24/2013 1:53:18 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 67 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 23 March 2013 | John Bennett
    The Chicago Transit Authority, one of the largest employers in Chicago, has a dramatic racial imbalance in its workforce, records show. Data obtained by WND through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals that whites and Hispanics are vastly underrepresented in the Chicago Transit Authority workforce.
  • 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...
  • Ł86/week better off in public sector: equivalent of luxury family holiday every year

    11/22/2012 10:08:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:57 EST, 22 November 2012 | Becky Barrow
    The average public sector worker is paid Ł4,500 ($7175.70) a year more than their private sector counterpart—and the gap is getting wider. A full-time state employee typically earns Ł565 ($900.95) a week, compared to Ł479 ($763.81) in the private sector, according to figures released yesterday. That leaves public sector workers an astonishing Ł86 ($137.14) per week better off—the equivalent of a luxury family holiday every year, and up from Ł84 ($133.95) a week last year. Over the past year, it found that the average weekly pay of a full-time public sector worker has risen by 1.6 percent, compared to 1.5...
  • New Book Highlights Dangers of Government Employee Unions (Good article on unions)

    11/15/2012 11:17:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 15, 2012 | Carl Horowitz
    "The unbridled growth of crony unionism and government corruption will destroy the United States as we know it." This statement may strike many as sheer hyperbole. But its author, Mallory Factor, a political scientist at The Citadel, knows whereof he writes. His new book, "Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind" (New York: Center Street), makes a credible case, and a well-sourced one, that our country may be in the early stages of a ruinous dystopia, courtesy of public-sector unions. In pursuing their interests, argues the author, these labor organizations hold taxpaying citizens hostage to unsustainable wage/salary, pension,...