The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 5, 2013
The Roundup: Public unions pressured to accept medical-benefit cuts; CO and OR pay

HA_newspapers3808.JPGDanger: 'Cadillac tax' ahead
Cities and school districts across the country are pushing municipal unions to accept cheaper health benefits in anticipation of a component of the Affordable Care Act that will tax expensive plans starting in 2018. ... State and local governments across the country tend to offer more expensive health plans than private businesses do, and workers often accept smaller wage increases to retain their benefits. Because of this, state and local government employees are expected to be disproportionately represented among those whose plans will be subject to the tax. - The New York Times / The Sacramento Bee

Report: State workers need raise to match private sector
Colorado's roughly 32,000 state workers need a 3.8 percent raise to catch up to their counterparts in the private sector, the state Department of Personnel and Administration said Thursday. - Sterling Journal-Advocate

Improved economy leads to pay raises for Oregon politicians, state workers
After years of freezes and unpaid furlough days, state workers and some Oregon politicians will see their pay go up in a few months. - The Oregonian

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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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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