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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 24, 2013
The Roundup: San Jose's pension battle; FL drug-test fight; Greeks go on strike

HA_newspapers3808.JPGStruggling, San Jose Tests a Way to Cut Benefits
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- This metropolis of nearly a million residents is the third-largest city in California, home to tens of thousands of technology industry workers, as well as many thousands more struggling to get by. Yet even here, in the city that bills itself as the capital of Silicon Valley, the economic tidal wave that has swamped Detroit and other cities is lapping at the sea walls. - The New York Times

Government shutdown? 59% of workers exempt
WASHINGTON -- If Congress doesn't pass a new spending bill in the next week, the federal government will shut down on Oct. 1. That is, 41% of it will. - USA Today/Lansing State Journal

Greek workers start 48-hour public sector strike
ATHENS, GREECE -- Greek civil servants walked off the job Tuesday at the start of a 48-hour public sector strike, the second in as many weeks, to protest job cuts required for the country to continue receiving international rescue loans. - The Olympian

Rick Scott Continues to Push for State Employee Drug Testing
Florida has been the brunt of jokes since it decided to drug test state workers and welfare recipients. - WJHG

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