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State Workers

Ever Heard the One About the Dead People Collecting Pensions in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Those deceased pensioners were once state employees. And for the still-living and still-employed state employees, handling payments for medical care could be about to get a whole lot more complicated.

Public Employees Rush To Retire | Posted 12.08.2011 | Fifty

MADISON, Wis. -- As states and cities struggle to resolve paralyzing budget shortfalls by sending workers on unpaid furloughs, freezing salaries and e...

Unions Approve Deal To Close Budget Gap In Connecticut

AP | SUSAN HAIGH | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's unionized state employees overwhelmingly ratified a labor savings and concessions agreement Thursday in a second...

State Workers/Mega Millons Winners REVEALED

AP | MARY ESCH | Posted 05.31.2011 | New York

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — An early morning phone call on a Saturday usually means one thing for the IT workers at the New York state Division of Housi...

Seven State Workers Win $319M Jackpot

AP | By MARY ESCH | Posted 05.28.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Within a state workforce already threatened with layoffs, a small group of workers has apparently found the sudden luxury of walking a...

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."

State Workers Are Retiring In Droves

Daily Finance | Jonathan Berr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Many employees of cash-strapped states, such as New Jersey, California and New York, appear headed for the exits -- trying to get out while they still...

State Workers Getting Slammed in Maine

Cynthia Dill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

It's all a bunch of garbage, but the anti-government mantra has convinced lots of people that it wasn't the fat cats on Wall Street who screwed us, it was those lazy state workers!

Facing Huge Cuts, State Workers Say: 'Don't Blame Us'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEWARK, New Jersey (Daniel Trotta and Edith Honan) - When a New Jersey family with an autistic child walks into the state office seeking help, Nor...

Paying for the Crimes of Others

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rev. Al Sharpton

As states and municipalities across the nation face devastating budget shortfalls, the labor unions and workers that provide necessary services for us all are once again under attack.

The F Word: Setting the Story Straight on Snow "Slowdown"

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laura Flanders

It's worth noting: the story of a union-staged work slowdown after New York's first major snowstorm of the year has been debunked pretty thoroughly by now.

States SLASHING Pensions, Benefits For Public-Sector Retirees

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL and SUSAN HAIGH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

TRENTON, N.J. — William Liberty began as a trash collector in Lindenwold 37 years ago and worked his way up to public works supervisor. Until re...

Judge BLOCKS Arizona Law That Would Eliminate Domestic Partner Benefits For Gay State Workers

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — A federal judge is blocking Arizona from implementing a state law that eliminates domestic partner benefits for gay and lesbian state ...

Will California Become America's First Failed State?

The Observer | Paul Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

California may be the eighth largest economy in the world, but its state staff are being paid in IOUs, unemployment is at its highest in 70 years, and...