Federal Employees Paid Well Below Private Sector Counterparts

By: Monday October 22, 2012 2:00 pm

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 1:37 pm

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.

Government Has Smallest Workforce Since 1968

By: Monday August 6, 2012 7:00 pm

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 of government employment – at the local, state and federal levels – to the US population, and finds that the ratio is at its smallest point since 1968.

Over 100,000 Teacher Jobs Lost in Last 12 Months

By: Friday July 6, 2012 3:00 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 parabolic arc on private-sector jobs is broadly similar, although Obama’s are better. But the difference on public-sector jobs is intense.

The Public Sector-Private Sector Electoral Brouhaha

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 1:05 pm

The brouhaha about whether the private sector is doing fine misses the distinction between the corporate side and the worker side, where workers lost most of their gains over the last two decades. The Romney attack on public workers, particularly firefighters and teachers, is just the flip side of of how this happened.

Lakeside Diner

By: Friday June 1, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

“Civil War” in Wisconsin Could Also Be Among Democrats

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 7:17 pm

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, since unions have endorsed Kathleen Falk instead.

Supreme Court Continues Its Assault on the Regulatory State

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 6:01 am

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.

Republicans Want to Avoid Defense Trigger By Firing Other Federal Employees

By: Friday February 3, 2012 5:05 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 $109 billion. They achieved this through pay freezes and cuts to federal employees. Considering that members of the military are also federal employees, you’re basically sparing one set of federal employees for another.

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

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 11:50 am

Arizona Republicans are proposing a bill to strip public unions of collective bargaining rights and impose limits even more egregious than those adopted in Wisconsin. Even though it’s been strongly opposed elsewhere, it’s a strategy to defang unions and undermine political funding for the Democratic Party.

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