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The Year in Retirement Security: A Look Back at 2015

Bailey Childers | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Bailey Childers

For years firefighters, nurses, teachers, social workers, roads crews and others across the country have paid a percentage of their salary toward their retirement security. Notably, in Illinois and New Jersey irresponsible politicians did not do the same.

Democracy Schools as 'Making Democracy'

Harry Boyte | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Citizen politics grows from the sense that we have to "live together afterwards," for all the differences and conflict. Politics in this elemental sense is the alternative to war and violence.

People Need Their Medicine. We Have to Move the Mail.

Katherine McFate | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics
Katherine McFate

During Public Service Recognition Week, Remember the Unsung Heroes of Hurricane Sandy: Postal Workers!

Universities, Public Spaces and the Democratic Way of Life

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.30.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

Public spaces allow for expressions of higher education's best democratic values -- free exchange of ideas, thoughtful discussion, appeal to evidence and respect for different perspectives. Such spaces can engage people's private interests and identities.

Colleges as Agents of Change -- The Public Work Approach

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.14.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

There needs to be much wider knowledge about the "democracy's college" tradition, its public work approach to creating change, and its differences with the politics of protest.

How Big Money Lost -- And Workers Won -- in Phoenix

Jordan Marks | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Jordan Marks

Proposition 487, which would have ended pensions for Phoenix firefighters, police officers, and thousands of other public workers and moved them into risky, privatized plans, went down in flames at the ballot box last Tuesday by over 10 percentage points.

Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Reforms Do Not Violate Workers' Constitutional Rights: Judge

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

MILWAUKEE, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Wisconsin's controversial collective bargaining reforms do not violate the free speech and equal protection rights of p...

An Election Message for the Lame Duck Congress: Fair Taxes, No Cuts

Richard Trumka | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Richard Trumka

After a hard-fought and divisive election year, it's time to rebuild America's middle class -- but to do it we need to make sure the lessons from this campaign stick.

Turning Jobs Into Public Work

Harry Boyte | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Harry Boyte

A silver lining in this acrid campaign year could be the birth of a new movement to turn jobs of all kinds into public work -- to build cathedrals for our future, not remain content with walls which limit our imaginations.

City's Workers Get Back To A Full Wage

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2012 | Business

July 18 (Reuters) - City workers in cash-strapped Scranton, Pennsylvania, will receive their full pay this week, the first paychecks they will have ...

City Workers Battle Mayor Over Minimum Wage Pay Cuts

AP/HuffPost | Posted 09.09.2012 | Business

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Unions representing workers in the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton expect to file a federal lawsuit against the city after...

Erin Mershon

Scranton Wants To Pay Every City Worker Minimum Wage | Erin Mershon | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Pennsylvania mayor has an extreme plan to address his city's budget shortfalls: pay every public employee, including himself, minimum ...

'Our Success Or Failure Will Mark A Turning Point'

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2012 | Business

By Lisa Lambert and James B. Kelleher LOS ANGELES, June 22 (Reuters) - As America's biggest state and local government employees' unio...

Overpaid Public Workers: Actually, We're Moving Toward Consensus

Jason Richwine | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business
Jason Richwine

Most Americans agree that public workers should be compensated for their skills at the same market rates as private employees. But right now, many public workers get an unjustified premium.

Bing Reaches Tentative Deal With Unions

Posted 02.02.2012 | Detroit

Mayor Dave Bing and bargaining teams from the city's non-uniformed public unions have reached an agreement that would change workers' current contract...

California State Nurses Take Home Big Paychecks As State Faces Budget Crisis

Posted 12.16.2011 | Business

Picking up a few extra shifts apparently pays off in the Golden State. Forty-two California state nurses raked in more than $1 million since 2005 i...

Dave Bing Threatens City Workers With State Takeover

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 11.23.2011 | Detroit

After canceling a scheduled meeting with City Council Wednesday, Mayor Dave Bing used strong language and threatened the possibility of a state takeov...

Police And Firefighters To Share In Detroit’s Financial Woes

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 11.17.2011 | Detroit

Mayor Bing's Wednesday night speech addressing Detroit's potential insolvency hit city workers especially hard. Although the mayor praised police offi...

Union Fight Gearing Up In Ohio

Solon Patch | By Chris Mazzolini | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

John Morris walked down the tree-lined streets of Shaker Heights, knocking on doors and buttonholing residents. An English teacher at the high scho...

Dave Jamieson

Outgoing NLRB Chair Sees 'Silver Lining' In Political Rancor | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wilma Liebman, the outgoing chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), can't recall a time when the very idea of collectiv...

Cutting Pensions Is No Way to Reward FBI Agents for Their Dedication and Service

Konrad Motyka | Posted 10.01.2011 | Crime
Konrad Motyka

It's important for Congress to understand proposals to restructure public sector pension plans would have national security implications, as changes to federal employee pensions will impact FBI Agents and other federal law enforcement officers.

Zach Carter

Top Credit Union Halts Wage Garnishing In Response To State Government Layoffs | Zach Carter | Posted 07.24.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Facing heavy government layoffs from budget cuts, the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union says it will no longer seek to garnish...

Dave Jamieson

Kasich, Walker Tributes To Public Workers Prompt Laughter | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) have decided to pay tribute to state workers. In Ohio, Kasich declared ...

Showing Some Love for Local Government

Laura Sturza | Posted 05.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Laura Sturza

I'm grateful to local editors and journalists who do a stellar job of busting local government's bad guys. But what about including the occasional piece on some of the city's bureaucratic heroes?

Why Maine's Governor LePage Can't Erase History, and Why We Need a Fighter in the White House

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Maine Governor Paul LePage has ordered state workers to remove from the state labor department a 36-foot mural depicting the state's labor history because it doesn't agree with his "pro-business goals."