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July 5, 2013 | By Shan Li
The private sector continued to show solid job gains in June, while the public sector kept shedding workers. The overall public sector lost 7,000 jobs last month, continuing a years-long decline, according to the Labor Department. In comparison, U.S. employers overall added 195,000 new jobs last month. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.6%. 10 fastest-growing jobs in California Much of those cuts can be attributed to sequestration, or the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts that the government must implement by the end of its fiscal year in September.
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WORLD
August 1, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava
ATHENS - Greece's Parliament last month approved the first official culling of the country's bloated public sector. The move, opposed by government workers but viewed by many economists as long overdue for an indebted economy, will push 25,000 civil servants into a "mobility scheme," giving them eight months to find work in another state department or get fired. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the young Harvard-cum-Stanford educated economist who fills the country's least coveted government job - as minister of administrative reform, a stuffy-sounding title that puts him in the thick of controversy - spoke last week to The Times about efforts to pare back public employment, the controversial closure of the state broadcaster and the tough austerity measures demanded by international lenders.
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OPINION
January 21, 2012
Joseph A. McCartin's Op-Ed article on Tuesday pointing out that collective bargaining for public employees has only recently become controversial prompted reader Betty W. Hosie of La Jolla to write: "McCartin missed a few points. He did not mention Franklin Roosevelt's letter in 1934 stating there should never be collective bargaining in government. In 1955, George Meany, president of AFL-CIO, agreed with him, stating that when government strikes, it strikes against the taxpayer.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2013 | By Shan Li
The private sector continued to show solid job gains in June, while the public sector kept shedding workers. The overall public sector lost 7,000 jobs last month, continuing a years-long decline, according to the Labor Department. In comparison, U.S. employers overall added 195,000 new jobs last month. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.6%. 10 fastest-growing jobs in California Much of those cuts can be attributed to sequestration, or the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts that the government must implement by the end of its fiscal year in September.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
The private sector is slowly climbing its back way from the Great Recession, adding 155,000 jobs in December, but the public sector is continuing its long employment slide, making it the worst few years for government employees in recent memory. That's a conclusion from a new report by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the University of Albany, which calculates that while private-sector employment is down 3.1% from its peak in January 2008 and on the rebound, state and local government employment is down 3.4% from its peak in August 2008 and continuing to slide.
OPINION
January 22, 2012
A chance on charters Re "Whistle-blowers to open a charter," Jan. 18 Congratulations to the Los Angeles teachers who are opening their own charter school. They will have the professional autonomy to do the very best they can for their students without being micromanaged from above. They can manage the school themselves or select someone to be head teacher. They will be able to make key decisions about the budget as well as curriculum, instruction and staffing.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2009 | Marc Lifsher and Alana Semuels
California shed 66,500 jobs in June, and more losses loom as double-digit unemployment spreads to state and local governments, once reliable bastions of employment security. June's 11.6% unemployment rate is a post-World War II record. Professional services, construction and trade continue to top the state's jobless categories. But in a troubling sign, governments -- a stable part of the state's economy for a decade -- have been laying off thousands of workers in recent months.
WORLD
June 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Public sector unions representing 1 million members called off a nearly monthlong strike, ending a labor action that shut schools and crippled hospitals across South Africa. A majority of the unions agreed to sign the government's final offer, including a 7.5% wage increase. The rest will return to work while negotiations continue, the unions said in a statement. The unions originally had demanded 12%. The government's initial offer was 6.5%.
OPINION
July 16, 2004
Re "Municipalities Struggle to Pay Pensions," July 12: Those of us in the private sector worry about whether we will see any of our promised Social Security benefits when we retire. We hear discussions of "responsible reform" to save the program that would further increase our payroll taxes, delay our retirement and reduce our benefits. Our Social Security trust fund is being pillaged to pay for government revenue shortfalls, part of which is assistance to states and municipalities as well as funding public-sector pension programs.
NEWS
November 2, 1989
A jobs fair for people interested in the public sector will be held Saturday at the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza. The event will be held on the upper and lower levels of the mall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is co-sponsored by Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, the Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles County Office of Affirmative Action Compliance and Councilwoman Ruth Galanter. Representatives from 21 county departments and 10 city departments will provide information about job openings and test dates.
WORLD
April 15, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - International debt inspectors gave conditional approval Monday to an additional $13 billion in rescue aid for the beleaguered Greek government, but insisted that it cut thousands of civil service jobs as part of an effort to slash spending on the country's costly public sector. Lenders from Europe and the International Monetary Fund have pressed successive Greek governments to carry out mass layoffs since Athens signed up for its first bailout, worth $150 billion, three years ago. Despite widespread opposition, Greece's three-party coalition agreed to the plan over the weekend, acceding to the tough terms of a new multibillion-dollar bailout hammered out in December.
WORLD
April 15, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava
ATHENS - With a critical monitoring mission completed, international debt inspectors gave Greece the nod Monday for an additional $13 billion in rescue aid but insisted that it had to ax thousands of civil servants as part of efforts to slash the country's bloated - and costly - public sector. Lenders from Europe and the International Monetary Fund have pressed successive Greek governments to implement mass layoffs since Athens signed up for its first bailout, worth $150 billion, three years ago. Despite widespread opposition, Greece's three-party coalition agreed to the plan over the weekend, bowing to the tough new terms contained in a new multibillion-dollar bailout hammered out in December.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles union leaders had hoped the presence of two liberal Democrats in the race for mayor would produce a robust defense of the value of government, government employees and the positive effects public sector pay and benefits have on the broader economy. The realities of campaigning have largely precluded that, particularly in a city contending with persistent budget shortfalls and private-sector workers facing stagnant incomes, tax and fee increases, and a slow erosion of good-wage jobs.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
The private sector is slowly climbing its back way from the Great Recession, adding 155,000 jobs in December, but the public sector is continuing its long employment slide, making it the worst few years for government employees in recent memory. That's a conclusion from a new report by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the University of Albany, which calculates that while private-sector employment is down 3.1% from its peak in January 2008 and on the rebound, state and local government employment is down 3.4% from its peak in August 2008 and continuing to slide.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
California's labor market showed renewed strength in October as employers posted stronger-than-expected job gains, adding 45,800 workers to payrolls ahead of the holiday shopping season. With retail trade and transportation leading last month's hiring surge, the jobless rate ticked down to 10.1% in October from 10.2% the month before, according to data from the state's Employment Development Department. Quiz: The week in business  The state also revised September job gains upward to 32,000 from the previously reported figure of 8,500 net new jobs.
WORLD
October 6, 2012 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - With a new batch of budget cuts looming, Greek officials have made it clear that they must target the state's nearly 1-million-strong army of civil servants, shaving salaries, benefits and bonuses for the third time in three years. "We're doomed," says social worker Dmitra, 44, who asked that her last name not be printed for fear of reprisals. "Whoever said we were privileged and protected?" And yet, many Greeks emphatically contend that government workers are protected.
NEWS
November 30, 1991 | STEVE COLL, THE WASHINGTON POST
Millions of Indian workers walked off their jobs Friday in a one-day protest against the government's announced plan to close unprofitable state-owned industries as part of an effort to move the country from socialism toward free-market capitalism. The strike crippled state-dominated industries such as banking, air transport, insurance and energy, but had a lesser impact in industries where India's private sector is active, such as textiles and manufacturing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1989 | CHRISTOPHER D. STONE, Christopher D. Stone teaches corporations law at USC.
It is too early to speculate whether "error in judgment" will prove too charitable a label to paste over the scandal now playing at Los Angeles' City Hall. But while we are waiting for the verdict, let's ask why, when it comes to enforcement of law, standards of decency and plain good sense, we do such a rotten job policing our public sector? This may sound strange coming from someone who has long urged tightening up the laws we wield against business corporations.
OPINION
September 4, 2012
Re "Brown's pension plan no panacea," News Analysis, Aug. 30 Although you admit that Gov. Jerry Brown's pension reforms will save billions, your analysis supports going much further because of "runaway" pension costs. But the numbers that your experts cite are vastly exaggerated. They reject public pension accounting standards and are instead based on "market values," what a fund would get if all its assets were immediately sold - which no fund would or could do. Others advocate reducing assumptions to discount bank rates.
OPINION
September 2, 2012 | By Nelson Lichtenstein
Thousands of unionists are on their way to the Democratic National Convention that begins Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. Of the 609 delegates from California, more than a third are labor people. A Labor Day parade jump-starts the entire conclave, with out-of-state Democrats swelling the ranks of spectators and marchers alike. There will be dozens of union-delegate caucuses, pro-labor shout-outs from prominent politicians and adoption of a platform that endorses collective bargaining, both in the public sector as well as the private.
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