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March 6, 2013
The Roundup: CA secretary of state's backlog; unions push for raises; should performance reviews be public?

The Roundup: CA secretary of state's backlog; unions push for raises; should performance reviews be public?

Storified by Jon Ortiz· Wed, Mar 06 2013 08:12:41

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New California businesses face six-week state filing wait - The Sacramento BeeThe path to starting a business in California has a speed bump. David Lerman knows all about it. Two weeks ago, he filled out a one-page ...
Editorial: Pension plan decisions need to stay publicOne of the most fundamental American notions is that public transparency is the best way to keep a check on government decisions and spen...
Miss. Workers Protest Child Support PrivatizationJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi union members and state workers gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday to protest legislative efforts to...

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Hoffman: Cost of current public employees is much lower than it appearsOne conclusion from the recent study of the Public Employees Retirement System by Portland State University could be that state workers s...
Employers' PERS rates are high because of retirees, not workers - State Workers BlogMy column today deals with the issue of fairness, and how much it would be fair to expect employees to pay for their pensions under the P...
Should performance reviews be public? - WilsonTimes.comWednesday, March 06, 2013 7:54 AM Should performance reviews be public?Collins backs public records law reform to open state workers' per...
Michigan Department of Corrections keeping food service, health care in-houseLansing - The Michigan Department of Corrections said Friday it has decided against outsourcing its food service or further privatizing p...
Union uses finance chief's statements to push for raises for state workersAUGUSTA - Maine's largest public employee union Tuesday called on the state's finance commissioner to follow his own advice and negotiate...
Bell paid $1 million to boost officials' retirementBell paid more than $1 million to give 12 city officials - including six former council members now on trial in a municipal corruption ca...
OC Supervisors Impose Labor Contract on Public AttorneysThe board approved a contract affecting nearly 500 county attorneys, most in the public defender, district attorney and county agency off...
State Workers Rally As Union Leaders Negotiate New Cotnracts | alaskapublic.orgAbout a hundred state workers held a rally outside the State Office Building in Juneau Thursday to show solidarity with union leaders neg...

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