The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 13, 2013
The Roundup: CA pension law versus federal grant law; lawmaker wants CalPERS to dump Russian investment

HA_newspapers3808.JPGBillions in federal transportation funds riding on California's new pension law
Less than a year after California lawmakers mandated sweeping changes for state and local government pensions, federal officials are poised to cut off billions of dollars in transportation funding because of the new laws. - The Sacramento Bee

For CalPERS, a Russian shopping center is "a good addition to our portfolio"
Here is what prompted State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, to come up with a resolution, introduced today, calling on the state's public pension funds to cease investing in Russia on account of its "homosexual propaganda" law ... - San Francisco Chronicle

Federal Workers Try New Ways to Protest the Sequester
When furloughs of the federal workforce hit earlier this year, some government workers grumbled or headed to a local bar. - Wall Street Journal

Oklahoma state regents gave employees 5 percent raise
While state workers await the outcome of a compensation study to see if raises will be forthcoming, the Oklahoma State Regents last month quietly gave a 5 percent increase to employees. - Tulsa World

Big Minn. State Workers Union Ratifies Contract
Two labor unions representing thousands of Minnesota state employees have ratified new contracts that include across-the-board raises but higher health insurance contributions from workers. - Associated Press/WCCO Minnesota

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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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