The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 9, 2011
A.M. Reading: Ohioans reject union limits measure; votes in Modesto, San Francisco favor pension changes

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifOhio voters overwhelmingly reject Issue 2, dealing a blow to Gov. John Kasich
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio voters dealt a sharp rebuke to first-year Gov. John Kasich and his conservative agenda Tuesday by overwhelmingly rejecting the restrictive new collective bargaining law he championed. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Modesto pension reforms lead
Modesto voters Tuesday were strongly supporting three nonbinding advisory measures that aim at reforming city pensions. (Modesto Bee)

Steve Maviglio: Why Labor Should Resist Gov. Brown's Pension Envy
At first glance, Gov. Jerry Brown's 12-point package of pension reforms, released last week, looked like a deft political play, even winning over the usually sharp Calbuzz pundits. (Calbuzz)

AM Alert: Republicans call for greater focus on public pensions
Four Republican state senators, including Senate Republican leader Bob Dutton, are holding a presser under the dome to highlight what they see as the urgency of reforming California's public pension systems. (Sacramento Bee)

Voters approve Ed Lee's pension reform
San Francisco voters gave Mayor Ed Lee's pension reform plan a resounding victory Tuesday night, while rejecting a competing measure by Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Both measures were designed to trim the amount the city pays for its workers' retirements. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A new pay system for Wisconsin state workers
The increased contributions that Wisconsin state employees are now making toward their pension and health care benefits already feel like a pay cut. The required contributions are part of Act 10, the controversial bill whose passage last spring eliminated most collective bargaining rights for state employees. (Stateline)

Attorney general: Cut number of state workers
SEATTLE (AP) -- Attorney General Rob McKenna says private companies should be able to bid to provide more government services, the number of state workers should be reduced and employees should pay more for health insurance premiums. (Associated Press / Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Union rejection to reopen contracts may trigger cuts
As part of her budget reduction package, Gov. Chris Gregoire asked state employee union leaders to reopen their collective bargaining contracts so the state could reduce the amount it spends on monthly health care premiums. (The Olympian)

Unions rally against RI pension overhaul
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--More than a thousand public-sector workers and retirees rallied Tuesday at the Rhode Island Statehouse in opposition to a proposed overhaul of the state's vastly underfunded pension system. (Boston Globe)

Illinois House committee OKs major pension overhaul
Teachers, state workers, university employees and lawmakers who started work before Jan. 1 will have to pay significantly more to keep their existing pensions under legislation sent to the floor of the Illinois House on Tuesday. (The State Journal-Register)

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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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