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Public employees hit back in pension fight

Public employees in the United States are striking back at what they see as attacks on their pensions. Recently, U.S. states have begun making changes both small and large to the benefits they pay retirees in the hopes of closing a shortfall totaling at least $600 billion.


Government job losses a growing drag on recovery

Conservative Republicans have long clamored for government downsizing. They're starting to get it — by default. Crippled by plunging tax revenues, state and local governments have shed over a half million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. And, after adding jobs early in the downturn, the federal government is now cutting them as well.

Senh: Maybe if the government can first show us that they can keep their own jobs, we'll be more confident that they can actually help the country create jobs.


State Employees’ Union Accepts Wage and Benefits Concessions

Members of New York’s largest union of state employees have agreed to accept major wage and benefits concessions sought by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.


Parks official earned $300,000 a year, according to salary database

A California park district general manager earned over $300,000 in total compensation in 2009, according to data released Tuesday by the state controller.


State website lists cities' and counties' employee compensation

State website lists cities' and counties' employee compensation

Dozens of municipalities still have not provided date; they could be fined. The state launched a website Monday on which Californians can see how much money cities and counties pay their workers, but dozens of municipalities have failed to file the information and could face fines of up to $5,000 unless they comply.


Health-care reality hits workers

As reforms begin to take effect, state workers face mammoth task of implementing the new law.


Paterson Says He’ll Lay Off Workers Before Jan. 1

Gov. David A. Paterson cited the state’s financial problems in announcing a decision that reverses an earlier pledge.


Cuba to lay off 500,000, allow more private jobs

Cuban announced today it's laying off at least half a million state workers and allowing more private sector jobs as the communist nation's economy struggles to recover.


Schwarzenegger orders worker furloughs

Schwarzenegger orders worker furloughs

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is bringing back furloughs for thousands of state workers until California passes a budget.

Senh: I don't think Jerry Brown would have a problem balancing the budget. When he was governor of California, we had a huge surplus. Let's see if he can work his magic again if he gets elected.


Calif. council accepts resignations of 3 over salary flap

Three administrators whose huge salaries sparked outrage in this small blue-collar suburb of Los Angeles have agreed to resign, the City Council ...


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