The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 11, 2012
The Roundup: Unions adjust to 'paycheck' laws; Jerry Sandusky's pension

The Roundup: Unions adjust to 'paycheck' laws; Oregon state pay study; Sandusky's pension;

Storified by Jon Ortiz · Thu, Oct 11 2012 08:23:23

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When unions lose, it's not always 'game over' - The Sacramento BeeCalifornia unions are fighting for their life to defeat a Nov. 6 ballot measure that would choke off their political cash, but in other s...
The State Worker: What happens when benefits come with a bigger pricetag? - The Sacramento BeeA system out of whack. A new program that promises lower benefits. Higher payments from government workers. Arguments for pension reform ...
Ironwood prison riot numbers increaseCalifornia prison officials on Tuesday said a weekend riot at a Blythe prison was much larger than previously reported, involving more th...
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Sandusky loses $59000 annual pensionPHILADELPHIA -- Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, just sentenced to what amounts to life imprisonment in a child sex abuse...
Oregon's workers' compensation rates ranked 13th lowest in the nationOregon's workers' compensation rates ranked 13th lowest in the nation ... Oregon employers this year paid on average the 13th lea...
About 100 Fort Valley State workers to lose jobsFORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Officials at Fort Valley State University say the school's efforts to cut costs will result in about 100 employee...
Arizona pays state workers for cost-cutting ideasArizona is offering to put some extra cash in the pockets of state workers who come up with ideas that can cut costs and save the state m...
Two looks at a ballot measure in Michigan that would reverse unions' collective bargaining losses: 
6 things to know about Proposal 2; Collective bargainingMichigan voters are faced with a choice: Should the right to collective bargaining for all Michigan workers be enshrined in the Michigan ...
What's true, what's not about Proposal 2 adsThe business-backed coalition that opposes Proposal 2 -- which was formed later and therefore, hasn't had to file campaign finance re...
Foreign government worker news:
Greek power workers to be charged after police disperse protestATHENS (Reuters) - Eighteen Greek electricity workers will be charged on Monday with breaching the peace after police broke up an anti-au...

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