The AFL-CIO, a federation of labor unions, expect at least 20 states to consider some type of restriction on payroll deductions of union dues by public employers as well as restrictions to the bargaining process.
Source: New York Times | New York City |
January 28, 2013
The strike, which has shut down roughly 5,000 of the city’s 7,700 school bus routes, is expected to continue this week, though the drivers’ union and the school bus companies had agreed to meet with a mediator.
The list of Chief Innovation Officers in public agencies is growing, as evidenced by appointments at the state and local levels -- Maryland, Massachusetts, San Francisco and Philadelphia, to name a few.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Wisconsin |
January 22, 2013
A federal court of appeals upheld Wisconsin's law repealing most collective bargaining for most public employees, handing a victory to Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans who put the law in place amid tumult two years ago.
Source: Chicago Tribune | Chicago |
January 21, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he was asking all city pension funds -- and mayors across the country -- to examine whether they have investments in assault weapons manufacturers and sellers as the first step toward getting them to divest any such holdings.
The Metro school board is planning to overhaul the way it evaluates the director of schools’ performance annually to also include student outcomes. The change comes as the state is in the middle of its second year of teacher evaluations that factor in students’ test scores and growth.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.