Category: State & Local Budgets
Florida Workforce Cuts Hurt Critical Services
Under Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the state workforce is shrinking dramatically, and that is having a drastic impact on government agencies that are charged with critical services like protecting at-risk children and monitoring water quality.
New Contract Good Tidings for Holiday
After 12 years of a city administration that wouldn’t give them a raise, workers for the City of New Albany have reason to celebrate this holiday season. The rank-and-file members of Local 1861 ratified a new contract by a near unanimous vote of 24-1.
Court Ruling Backs City on Promise to Retirees
Public workers and retirees in Stockton, California, scored a major victory last week when a judge approved the city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy without making cuts to workers’ pensions.
A New Career Ladder for NYC Welfare Recipients
Instead of forcing individuals on welfare to work for the city without receiving a paycheck, the city will begin implementing a new Employment Plan whose goal is to help people become self-sustaining and leave public assistance for good.
AFSCME President Inspires Members to Get Out the Vote in Wisconsin
With so much at stake in the midterm elections, AFSCME members must do all they can to “make sure that people understand the importance of getting out the vote on Nov. 4,” AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders urged a group of union activists.
Going Door to Door in Fight for Right to Retire with Dignity
Phoenix city workers’ pensions hang in the balance this November as a right-wing group pushes a ballot measure that would replace secure retirement plans with 401(k)s.
Council 31 Wins $60 Million in Back Pay for State Employees
After waiting more than three years for back pay explicitly spelled out in their contract, Illinois state employees finally got a measure of justice after an appellate court ruled they were owed the wages.
Support for ALEC Agenda Continues to Crumble
The public’s support of ALEC’s agenda is crumbling. No wonder its financial backers like Google and several other high profile companies are walking away.
Wisconsin Governor’s Report Card Shows Failing Grade
Governor Walker sacrificed public education funding in favor of millionaires.
Mo’ne’s Coach: ‘I Have the Greatest Job in the World’
Little is known about the man behind the Mo'ne Davis, the young pitching superstar. Her coach Steve Bandura, a Philadelphia city worker and member of AFSCME Local 2187 works at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philly.
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