The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 8, 2011
A.M. Reading: Initiatives aim at public employees; Neb. privatization; Hoffa tees off

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifThe State Worker: Labor-unfriendly measures aim for 2012 ballot
A few snippets of state worker news worth watching. (Sacramento Bee)

Editorial: Baby sitter bill deserves some adult supervision
A controversial bill to unionize baby sitters - really, baby sitters - emerged just four days before the legislative session is set to end. Assembly Bill 101, authored by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, appeared in print for the first time on Tuesday and appears to be greased for approval. (Sacramento Bee)

Thousands of state workers in Connecticut planning to retire
HARTFORD -- Connecticut state employees are retiring at near-record rates, leaving Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with additional budget flexibility and time to decide how sharply he wants to reduce the work force. (Connecticut Post)

Audit blasts privatization costs
LINCOLN -- Nebraska's child welfare costs have increased by about 27 percent after the state undertook a controversial privatization initiative, according to a state audit released Wednesday. (Omaha World-Herald)

Pennsylvania's state workers facing unsettled work schedule in light of forecasted flooding
State workers left the Capitol Complex with this admonition regarding the rest of their workweek in this capital by the river: stay tuned. (Patriot-News)

Wis. DMV told not to volunteer info about free voter IDs
A Wisconsin state official issued a memo earlier this year to Department of Motor Vehicles employees directing that they should not voluntarily inform residents that they can obtain a voter identification card for free, according to The Capital Times, which obtained a copy of the memo. (USA Today)

Hoffa doubles down, will 'never apologize,' blasts Fox News as 'anti-worker'

Some have called Teamsters President James Hoffa's Monday remarks ill-advised, but he isn't backing away and, instead, is claiming to have gotten a positive response from his members. (Daily Caller)

Report: Christie, Oliver cut deal to go against public workers
Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex) asked Gov. Chris Christie to provide the Republican support necessary for her to remain as head of the lower house in return for her support of his legislation to cut health and pension benefits for public employees, according to leaked audio published in Mother Jones Magazine. (

Oliver disputes Christie account of leadership deal
TRENTON - The Democratic leader of the New Jersey Assembly said she was "beginning to wonder if Gov. Christie is mentally deranged" after an audiotape surfaced Wednesday of comments he made in June at a previously unheralded meeting (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Mississippi PERS commission meets over retirement system
Jackson - The fate of the state's Public Employees Retirement System, known as PERS, is now being guided by a 12 member commission, made up of business leaders, elected officials and financial experts led by Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel.

Kansas pension gap will more than double
TOPEKA -- Fixing Kansas' underfunded state pension system will take far more money than previously thought, members of a panel formed to recommend those changes are finding. (Kansas Reporter)

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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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