Federal Employees Paid Well Below Private Sector Counterparts

By: Monday October 22, 2012 10:00 am

If you compare organized federal employees, many of whom have college degrees, to unorganized service-sector and retail workers, then yes, you will find higher wages in the public sector. But if you do an apples-to-apples comparison between public employees and their private-sector counterparts in related fields, you will find that the public sector is significantly undervalued.

Greece Proposes Another Austerity Budget, Its Lenders Decide It’s Not Cruel Enough

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 8:46 am

The Greek government submitted a draft budget for next year that would only further increase the pain and suffering directed at the population, despite depression conditions. But the European leaders determining whether the fresh austerity plan is good enough to meet their conditions want even more pain, in the form of deeper wage cuts. First, [...]

Government Has Smallest Workforce Since 1968

By: Monday August 6, 2012 11:34 am

We’ve been talking about how this Great Recession, and its aftermath, represents a private-sector recovery and a public-sector depression. We haven’t seen government payrolls get slashed this deeply in some time in America. In fact, we now have statistics to put to that, courtesy of Jordan Weissman at the Atlantic. He looks at the ratio [...]

Cuts to the Public Workforce Disproportionately Hit African-Americans

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 11:04 am

Mitt Romney spoke before the NAACP today, and the response was, shall we say, mixed. Vowing to repeal Obamacare in front of an African-American audience may have been a miscalculation. But Romney’s core argument to the NAACP is worth scrutinizing a bit. He basically made the case that he would be better for African-Americans on [...]

Over 100,000 Teacher Jobs Lost in Last 12 Months

By: Friday July 6, 2012 12:16 pm

The most important chart when thinking about the economies under George W. Bush and Barack Obama can be seen above. It compares the first-term job numbers of the two Presidents. Both of them endured recessions at the start of their terms, though Obama’s was bigger. But the biggest difference comes in the public jobs numbers. [...]

The Public Sector-Private Sector Electoral Brouhaha

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 11:19 am

The fight I was happy to miss while at Netroots Nation concerned the President’s comments about the private sector “doing fine” relative to the public sector. Because Obama didn’t explicitly use the phrase “relative to the public sector,” the implication was made that the President was out of touch amid a struggling economy. However, even [...]

“Civil War” in Wisconsin Could Also Be Among Democrats

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 10:20 am

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s first ad of the gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin begins by asking the question, “isn’t it time to end the civil war in Wisconsin?” He was referring to Scott Walker and the war on public employees, but he could be referring to the battle among Democrats over the next month. Though [...]

Supreme Court Continues Its Assault on the Regulatory State

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 12:55 pm

Everyone is looking forward to the three days of arguments next week in the Supreme Court on the individual mandate and the health care law. But regardless of that outcome, the court is well on its way to expanding the rights of corporations over the individual, and curtailing Americans’ access to the courts for redress. [...]

Arizona Anti-Union Laws Failing to Attract Required Votes

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 12:55 pm

When I first heard about the proposed anti-union laws moving through the Arizona legislature, I was fairly resigned to their passage. Arizona has huge Republican majorities in its legislature, and they already passed a major anti-immigration bill, though they obviously weren’t shy about courting controversy. But then a funny thing happened. The Republicans couldn’t find [...]

Republicans Want to Avoid Defense Trigger By Firing Other Federal Employees

By: Friday February 3, 2012 3:10 pm

Six Republican Senators unveiled their legislation yesterday to roll back the defense trigger from the debt limit deal, replacing the $600 billion in savings with other cuts. However, this is not a $600 billion deal; in fact, the Senators, led by John McCain, only delayed the first year of defense cuts at a cost of [...]

Arizona’s Proposed Anti-Union Laws Worse than Wisconsin’s

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 8:15 am

Many observers would look at the Wisconsin uprising and think that the Republicans made a catastrophic mistake. They re-energized the opposition in the state, created a powerful grassroots machine, lost two state Senators through recall, and now their Governor faces a recall election. But that’s short-term thinking. After fits and starts, and backed by a [...]

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