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May 22, 1995
So many times I read in your newspaper and hear from the television that we have too much government control. I would like to list some of the government controls that we currently have, for instance: schools, police, firefighters, child welfare workers, Cal/OSHA (safety workers), mail carriers, librarians, park rangers, lifeguards, building inspectors, government engineers (who design roads, who help to assure that building standards are upheld), welfare workers, Social Security workers, weight-scale inspectors, health inspectors and, of course, teachers, just to name a few. Whenever I read in your paper that a child dies unnecessarily, I read further: Why isn't there more surveillance of the home?
April 8, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Parti Quebecois suffered its worst provincial election defeat in 44 years on Monday, spurring debate throughout Canada on whether the party's signature goal of Quebec independence is dead. Politicians and pundits took to the airwaves Tuesday to proclaim the separatist movement an idea whose time has come and gone. Parti Quebecois won only 25% of the provincial parliament vote, weighed down by a prominent candidate's vow to stage another referendum on separation despite what pollsters say is a two-thirds majority of Quebec voters opposed to the idea.
June 28, 2011 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Tuesday that would require government workers to pay more for healthcare and pensions, making the state among the largest in the nation to roll back employee benefits to offset fiscal woes. "New Jersey has once again become a model for America," said Christie, a Republican, who won support from two key Democrats to overcome labor union opposition. The measure was the latest setback for unions, which lost battles to prevent Republican-run state governments in Ohio and Wisconsin from enacting legislation that limited public employees' collective bargaining rights.
January 25, 2014
Re "The GOP discovers inequality," Opinion, Jan. 22 The usually insightful Doyle McManus describes how Republicans have begun to shift their message, if not their actual practices, toward acknowledgment of the bitter harvest of inequality. At the same time, he writes, the GOP is hardly ready to become the party of "big government. " Excuse me, but in the states and in Congress, the GOP has advocated for sticking government's fingers into women's bodies and into everybody's bedroom.
October 25, 2008 | Steve Chawkins
Most of Santa Barbara County's 4,200 employees will be idled for two weeks starting in December because of a worsening budget crisis, officials said. The alternative would be to eliminate as many as 200 jobs. Public safety workers such as sheriff's deputies will keep working, said county Chief Executive Michael F. Brown. But, under a unanimous decision this week by county supervisors, most county offices will be shut or staffed only by skeleton crews Dec. 22 through Jan. 4. "It was the only way we could preserve services and save jobs," he said.
November 25, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Several elderly Asian women have been attacked and robbed by a couple posing as government workers, leading the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department this week to issue a public warning and sketches of the robbers. The victims told detectives that a woman came to their doors posing as a worker from an unspecified government agency. After she gained entry, she would make the victims sit down and let in a man. He then tied up the victims, attacking them if they resisted.
March 12, 1988 | DAN WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
New indications of the severe economic crisis in Panama surfaced Friday while a planned demonstration against military strongman Manuel A. Noriega disintegrated at the sight of riot troops in the streets. One Panamanian newspaper reported that the government planned to "defer" payroll checks for government workers because of a lack of cash. Several bureaucrats told The Times that they have been notified their next paycheck, due Tuesday, will be only partial.
January 17, 2012 | By Joseph A. McCartin
On Jan. 17, 1962, President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988, bringing collective bargaining rights to most federal workers for the first time. Kennedy's order might be the least known of the string of significant events that made the 1960s such crucial years in American history. At the time Kennedy acted, very few workers at any level of government had won the right to bargain collectively with their employers. Federal action helped inspire many states and localities to follow suit, allowing their own workers to organize.
October 9, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
At a time when public-sector unions across the country are fighting to hold on to generous retirement and health benefits, one of the loudest voices standing up for their rights is Dave Low. A longtime labor activist, Low carries considerable clout as executive director of the California School Employees Assn., a 215,000-member union that represents bus drivers, custodians and other school workers. He also leads a broader group of 1.5 million government employees, including firefighters, police and teachers, called Californians for Health Care and Retirement Security.
With the exception of teachers and police officers, government workers are generally portrayed unfavorably on prime-time entertainment television series--a situation that has been getting worse in recent years, according to a new study being released today.
November 7, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The Christmas season has officially started in Venezuela, thanks to President Nicolas Maduro, who recently declared it so. Maduro made the announcement at a Socialist Christmas fair in the city of Caracas. According to National Public Radio, the president explained that he made “Christmas earlier because happiness and the Nativity and waiting for the arrival of the baby Jesus, it is the best medicine.” Indeed, Venezuelans are probably in need of a little cheering up given the state of things.
November 5, 2013 | By Evan Halper
HERNDON, Va. -- Some of the old-timers who came out to vote Tuesday in this suburb near Dulles International Airport can remember a time when a social conservative like the state GOP's gubernatorial nominee would have dominated election returns here. Herndon was a sleepy burg full of dairy farms then. Its main link with Washington, D.C., was a train stopping to pick up a milk shipment on its way to Union Station. The area has since boomed into an appendage of Washington with a population exceeding 24,000, and the massive demographic changes it has gone through in the process reflect one of the biggest headaches for Republicans nationwide.
November 2, 2013 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The killing of a TSA screener in Los Angeles is symptomatic of a growing antipathy toward government workers and TSA personnel in particular, experts said Saturday. Specialists on hate crimes and union officials decried what they said was a general atmosphere of mockery and derision toward TSA agents that they said is amplified by late-night talk show hosts, politicians and news media. "When people or institutions are vilified on national television and in the public square, you often see people latch on to them as enemies to be destroyed," Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in an interview.
October 9, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The federal government's partial shutdown has led to a partial return of furloughed workers, including some workers needed to investigate an outbreak of salmonella in chicken. One of the ironies of the shutdown is how the politics have been presented. In their drive to end it, lawmakers and others highlight the important work that has been put on hold in the political dispute, especially the loss of key services to families of veterans, consumers and workers whose lives are made better by government inspections.
June 6, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new government Thursday headed by a British-educated academic with no political experience. New Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, replaces Salam Fayyad, who resigned in frustration in April. Though admired by Western nations for his financial acumen and political reforms, Fayyad, a political independent, was never fully embraced by the Palestinian public and was resented by the two main Palestinian factions, Abbas' Fatah party and its rival, the Islamist group Hamas.
June 2, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The new Palestinian Authority prime minister is a British-educated academic with no political experience who will be charged with forming the fifth Palestinian government since 2006. But the tenure of Rami Hamdallah, 54, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, may be short-lived because Palestinian leaders say they hope to form yet another new government in as few as three months. On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas named Hamdallah to replace Salam Fayyad, who had served in the post since 2007 before resigning in frustration in April.
August 28, 2007 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO -- The public has the right to inspect the hiring records of police agencies throughout California and to learn the names and salaries of government employees, the California Supreme Court decided Monday. In two lawsuits brought by newspapers, the state high court ruled against a state commission and unions for police and other government workers and declared that salary and hiring records should be open to the public.
February 18, 2011 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
The nation's Rust Belt once ran on union power, its factories and steel mills employing Democratic-voting union members who got regular pay raises and good pensions. Now the region is at the vanguard of a national backlash against organized labor, as newly elected Republican governors and legislatures try to control costs by weakening ? or virtually eliminating ? unions of government workers. FOR THE RECORD: Midwest unions: An article in the Feb. 19 LATExtra section about labor unrest in the Midwest erroneously reported one result of a Pew Research Center survey on views of organized labor.
February 9, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Richard Simon, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In less than a month, a budget ax is set to fall on the federal government, indiscriminately chopping funding for the military and slicing money for various programs, including preschools and national parks. The $85 billion in cuts that would take effect from March 1 through September - the first installment of $1.2 trillion in reductions over the next decade - would strike just about every agency and service in an attempt to ease the budget deficit. The slashing, part of an automatic process known as sequestration, would affect the economy, government workers and average Americans in ways big and small.
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