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And the Winner Is ... the Public Sector

David Morris | Posted 07.21.2011 | Politics
David Morris

When not handicapped by regulations designed to subsidize the private sector, the public sector often provides services faster, cheaper and more effectively.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Election A Dead Heat

AP | By TODD RICHMOND | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- A Wisconsin Supreme Court election that offered the public its first formal opportunity to weigh in on the national fight over union ...

LA's Message to Cities Across the Country: Collective Bargaining Works

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

Instead of laying blame, we invited our employees to the negotiating table. In the end, working with labor, we reached an agreement that is a win-win-win for taxpayers, for employers, and for LA.

Brother, You Can Spare a Dollar!

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

The big stories for today, tomorrow, the coming months are going to involve public sector services and workers. We are and (and where will be) debatin...

Walker Issues Layoff Warning Notices

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

March 4, 2011 11:39:08 PM MADISON, Wis., March 4 (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued layoff warning notices on Friday to unions ...

Public Sector Continues To Decline

Reuters | Lisa Lambert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

hemorrhage (Reuters) - The jobs outlook is growing dimmer and dimmer for the public sector. Federal employment data released on Friday shows tha...

Wisconsin, Labor, and the Future of America

Jerome Karabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

Without public sector unions' capacity to mobilize voters during elections, neither progressive candidates nor progressive policies would stand a chance in a money-drenched political system.

Wisconsin: Four Facts You Need to Know

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

What's happening in Wisconsin isn't about budget deficits or government spending or even public employee benefits. It's class war, wherein the big business, conservative Right tries to pit working class Americans against one another.

Just Say No -- No More Cuts for Workers

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

Working people did not create the recession or the budgetary crisis facing federal, state and local governments. And there can be no more concessions, period.

Whose 'Egypt Moment' in Education?

Brian Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Jones

lein, oblivious to this extreme irony, continued: "Will we seize the moment? We will talk to each other and go home. I challenge this group to seize the moment." Seize the moment and do what?

D-Day for Public Employees

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's long past time for politicians calling themselves "Democrats" to push aside the anti-labor elements inside their party and stand up for basic worker protections.

National Academies of Sciences: Student Graduate Research Program on Public Sector Aviation Issues

Iris Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Iris Mack

For graduate students who share my love of aviation, please consider applying for the Graduate Research Award Program on Public Sector Aviation Issues.

Government Workers Are the New Illegal Aliens

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tina Dupuy

Government workers are the new group treated like parasites on the system; their jobs are illegitimate and disposable. Better to stick with the empty and symbolic than tackle the difficult.

Squeezed

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Lower income and special needs populations are likely to suffer most acutely from reductions in state and local services. It is essential to have a realistic conversation about who, what and where we are cutting.

Weekly Audit: We Welcome Our New Plutocratic Overlords

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Meet the new global elite. They're pretty much the same as the old global elite, only richer and more ...

Time to Stand Up for the Public Sector

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For the last forty years, the Right's demonization of government is one of the reasons why the wealthy and big Wall Street banks have been allowed to siphon off a greater and greater share of the nation's wealth from the middle class.

Roger Goodell, You Don't "Get It"

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

No, Mr. Goodell. You don't "get it." If you did, you would show greater appreciation for the fans that have already invested in their teams. All they want is a return on their investment.

Government Worker Envy

Larry Hirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Hirsch

One of the themes of the Tea Party and others on the right has been how good government workers have it. I never knew I had it so good.

City Leader: Kick-Start Entrepreneurship in Your City Now

Daniel Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Daniel Isenberg

In the past year I have witnessed a burgeoning of interest. Here are some do's and don'ts for committed leaders, whether you are a private or public sector leader.

Where Do People Think Gov't Workers Come From?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Public rancor directed at government workers is a bit confounding. It's on all levels: state, local, federal. Much of this particular election cycle ...

Race to the Bottom: How the Politics of Resentment is Undermining America

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Samuels

Since people equate all public workers with the evils of big government, they feel justified in calling for elimination of public employees, but what society would we have without these essential workers?

Labor's Popularity Struggles Amid Criticism of Public-Sector Unions

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Akito Yoshikane

With 46 percent of Americans saying that their power will decline in the coming years, can unions steer themselves back into favor?

Government Jobs No Longer So Secure

AP | CHRISTOPHER LEONARD and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For years, most people who worked for state or local governments accepted a fact of life: Their pay wasn't great. The job security was. Now that's go...

The Mayor's New Right Hand Man

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Stephen Goldsmith's red state politics stand out in a city of true-blue Democrats, and his appointment is a clear indication that Bloomberg will make belt-tightening a key component of his third term.

The End of Central Planning?

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

The private sector is motivated by profit, and the means with which the private sector expresses this motivation are often at odds with what is best for a city and its inhabitants.