The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 10, 2012
The Roundup: Bankruptcy law versus pension law; OR hires more temps; NY retiree health costs

The Roundup: Bankruptcy law versus pension law; OR hires more temps; NY retiree health costs

Storified by Jon Ortiz · Mon, Sep 10 2012 10:18:27

Stockton bankruptcy case could test security of public pensions - The Sacramento BeeGoing to work for the government has always come with an ironclad promise: Your pension benefits will be there when you retire. It's a le...
California state parks budget officials for years unable to explain surpluses - The Sacramento BeeOver and again, budget officials at the California Department of Parks and Recreation struggled to understand why every fiscal year ended...
Editorial: CalSTRS still doesn't realize it has a pension spiking problem - The Sacramento BeeTo guard against pension spiking, the California State Teachers' Retirement System has a system that electronically identifies suspicious...

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Storified by Jon Ortiz · Mon, Sep 10 2012 10:15:06

Most workers hired by state of Oregon since recession are tempsAbout two-thirds of the workers hired by the state of Oregon since 2008 have been temporary. Figures from the Department of Administrativ...
Percentage of health insurance rate increase for state workers varies ...State workers will see their health insurance premiums increase in 2013, only the second year that members of SEIU Local 503 and AFSCME C...
Salaries examined of state agency overseeing non-bank lendersThe raises come at a time when an across-the-board pay hike for state employees has not occurred since 2006. Roy John Martin, general cou...
Quinn should grant AFSCME raises, end litigationGov. Pat Quinn's stance on why he cancelled pay increases for unionized state workers has been legally dubious from the start and flies i...
Bargaining to continue for state workers | Northwest News | The Bellingham HeraldWashington state labor negotiators ended their two-day bargaining session late Thursday night without agreement on new wage and health ca...
Maine Cancels Low-Cost Canadian Drug ProgramMaine Cancels Low-Cost Canadian Drug Program 09/10/2012 10:07 AM ET A CanaRx official says the decision affects about 1,200 Maine househo...
Reforming retiree RxLocal and state governments face a $250 billion unfunded liability from the cost of health-care coverage promised for retired public work...

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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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