iOS app Android app

Government Workers

Women Victorious In U.S. Supreme Court's Harris V. Quinn

Julie Gunlock | Posted 09.14.2014 | Women
Julie Gunlock

Women just scored a significant victory in the U.S. Supreme Court. In Harris v. Quinn, decided just last month, the Supreme Court declared that childcare providers and personal care aids (PCAs attend to hygiene, housekeeping, and meal preparation for the elderly and infirm) are not required to unionize.

Amid Deep Job Losses, Who's Fighting for Government Workers?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Politicians who seek populist/progressive support should stop repeating the antigovernment nostrums of the right and start challenging them instead. It's time for genuine leaders to push for a bold public-sector jobs program, fearlessly and without cynicism.

The Government Apocalypse: Life Without Public Servants

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Since 1985, the first week of every May has been designated as a time set aside to honor the women and men who serve our nation as government employees at the federal, state, county and local levels.

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Score Amazing Own Goal | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After voting this year to keep federal employees' pay frozen, Republicans in Congress have accidentally given many government workers th...

Dear Federal Employees, You Are All Essential in My Book

Steve Ressler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Steve Ressler

When we label a public servant as "non-essential," we do little to promote their sacrifice and dedication to making our country. Even more, this belittling label does not inspire young and innovative people to join government to make positive change.

Jason Cherkis

The Furloughed Worker Diaries | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For two weeks since the government shutdown began, furloughed federal workers and their families have had their lives upended. Ordinary ...

Hug a Government Worker Day

Terry Tamminen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Many of the programs that started in California have been adopted nationally and even by other countries, measurably improving public health, saving money for consumers, and creating new businesses and sustainable jobs.

An Executive Order Whose Time Has Come

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

These days, when I say "federal contractor," you think Snowden. And it turns there are lots of them doing highly classified work for which they are handsomely paid. They are not the folks we're talking about here.

Federal Employees Need Attention

Ted Kaufman | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Ted Kaufman

A lot of important issues have been neglected -- or avoided -- by both sides during this presidential campaign. Two recent news articles reminded me of one of them.

This Labor Day

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.01.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Labor Day means many things to many people -- back to school, the end of summer, a needed respite from the daily grind. For working people and union members, Labor Day stands for something special and profound.

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment Workers Now Facing Unemployment Themselves | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.13.2012 | Business

Jim Gibbons of Green Oak Township, Mich., hopes he has a job next month. He works for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, which just pink-slip...

Elise Foley

Daniels: Public-Sector Unions Shouldn't Exist | Elise Foley | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) criticized public-sector unions on Sunday, saying they should be eliminated entirely. "There's, I thin...

Romney Relapse: Mitt Responds To Obama Gaffe With One Of His Own

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- He's baaack. Mitt Romney, seeking to capitalize on a damaging mistake Friday by President Barack Obama -- the president's careless comm...

Romney Mocks Obama For Wanting 'More Firemen, More Policemen, More Teachers'

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

After saying President Barack Obama does not care about the private sector, Mitt Romney on Friday dismissed unemployment in the public sector, saying ...

Before They Were Famous: Celebrities Who Were Once Federal Workers

Joseph A. Beaudoin | Posted 05.04.2012 | Celebrity
Joseph A. Beaudoin

Even though you don't hear about their work every day, that's not to say you've never heard of some of America's federal employees! Who are these famous former feds?

The President Is Also a CEO

Terry Newell | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

Mitt Romney recently let his potential federal workforce know that he thinks they are overpaid. Any executive who took the CEO's job after announcing that his entire workforce was not worth much would not create the conditions for high performance.

Newly-Red States Love The Whole Job-Cutting Thing

Posted 03.27.2012 | Business

If you work for the government, your job is probably more secure if you live in a state not controlled by Republicans. The 11 states that went red...

Janell Ross

Public Pension Cuts: Key to States' Budget Fix or Easy Financial Scapegoat? | Janell Ross | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business

In a deal done in the dead of night last week, New York became the latest state to drastically overhaul its pension plan against the wishes of its pub...

Chronicles of an Election Poll Worker: Training Day

Sarah Shanfield | Posted 05.07.2012 | New York
Sarah Shanfield

When I signed up to be a poll booth worker in this year's election, I needed $200. I won't say why I needed this money, only that it would help pay for a certain citation from the City of New York that I had been putting off paying.

Koch Brothers Fuel Anti-Union Push In Another State

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

In Arizona, Republican efforts to dismantle public unions took another step forward this week. On Tuesday, the state Senate passed a bill banning t...

Just 6 Percent of College Students Want To Work In Government: Poll

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business

The public sector, the part of the economy experiencing cuts at every level, may soon be facing a staffing crisis of sorts. Just 6 percent of stud...

Study Finds Gov. Workers Cheaper Than Contractors, As Politicians Tout Cutting Their Ranks

Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

The federal government could save billions of dollars by doing more work in-house instead of outsourcing to private contractors, a new study shows. ...

Ode to Firefighters

Robert Slayton | Posted 10.24.2011 | New York
Robert Slayton

When the world was crumbling -- literally -- they didn't ask anything, just shouldered heavy gear and walked into the towers to do their jobs. Hundreds didn't walk out, ever.

Breaking Down Obama's $37M Payroll

Jeff Reeves | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Jeff Reeves

Since 1995, every president has had to deliver a salary report of White House employees to Congress and the American people. And at a time when federa...

Are Government Employees Giving 100 Percent?

Steve Ressler | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

Someone who likes their job 75 percent of the time is probably doing vastly better than average, so here are a five ways we can keep public sector employees -- and, really, anyone in the workforce -- interested, happy and productive.