The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 14, 2011
A.M. Reading: Brown's veto pen; positives about pensions; R.I. unions win pension decision

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifEditorial: Brown ought to use his veto pen without mercy
Gov. Jerry Brown needs to sharpen his veto pen. We hope he mercilessly skewers many of the bills sent to him in the closing hours of the legislative session. ... Several other labor bills also deserve quick deaths, including Assembly Bill 101, to expand the right of child-care workers to unionize, and Senate Bill 922, to restrict city councils, county supervisors and voters' power to ban "project labor agreements," which require that public agencies use union labor for public works projects. This power ought to remain in local hands. (Sacramento Bee)

A Surprising Thing About Pensions
It can be easy for high-level thinkers to assume that it's a good thing when companies phase out their pension plans and replace them with 401(k)s. After all, the company is relieved of a lot of responsibility, and most of the investment performance risk is shifted to the worker. That seems like a good move for corporations, though it's understandably not pleasing to workers. It turns out, though, that pensions can be good not only for employees, but also for the corporate world. (The Motley Fool)

Labor commissioner takes aim at public employee unions
State Labor Commissioner Mark Costello has set up a nonprofit advocacy organization whose primary purpose appears to be taking on public employee unions. (Tulsa World)

Reynolds: State has centralized hiring in response to lawsuit
The hiring of state workers has been centralized into one area of the state government, partly as an effort to halt the onslaught of lawsuits alleging that Iowa's hiring and promotion practices are discriminatory, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday. (Des Moines Register)

Judge's ruling in pension suit a win for R.I. public workers
PROVIDENCE - In a key victory for Rhode Island's public workers, a judge ruled yesterday that pension benefits amount to an implied contract between the state and its employees. (Boston Globe)

Miliband heckled as major strikes loom
Ed Miliband is heckled at the TUC conference where, as Economics Editor Faisal Islam writes, Britain's biggest unions are poised to call for a "general strike" over public sector pensions. (Channel 4 News)

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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