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October 21, 2010

Paterson OK's unionization of home-based child care providers

On October 4, Governor Paterson signed S.7451/A.10764, a bill that allows home-based child care providers to unionize -- adding more than 65,000 child care providers to the already powerful Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).

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October 19, 2010

Sharing municipal services - wave of the future?

Two cities in heavily taxed Niagara County have agreed to share the burden of providing water services. But the deal first needed to get around objections from a municipal labor union.

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October 15, 2010

The scary truth about post-employment benefits

New York's public-sector employees have been promised $205 billion in post-retirement health benefits that the state and its local governments have set aside no money to pay for, a new Empire Center report found.

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October 07, 2010

Renegotiate our contract? Not a chance says union.

When the city of Troy asked its Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) employees to consider forgoing a 3.5 percent raise this year, a CSEA spokesperson said, "...we do not renegotiate our contracts. It's a moot point," according to the Troy Record.

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September 30, 2010

Keep the public ignorant, says school district

To the public demanding to know why the school superintendent is leaving early and four other administrators have been fired, suspended or transferred, the Jordan-Elbridge school board replies: None of your business.

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September 23, 2010

Rethinking retiree benefits in the Ag(ing) of Aquarius

Faced with a potential 26 percent hike in its tax levy, the Town of Woodstock is weighing a plan to require some retired employees to pick up a bigger share of their health insurance.

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September 20, 2010

Paying tuition for a cop's dance course

Harrison town officials are pirouetting after a police officer asked the town to pay $2,845 for him to take a dance course at a private college. It appears that the police union contract--previously approved by town officials--requires the town to pay tuition even for courses unrelated to police work.

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September 16, 2010

"Enough unused sick time to buy a yacht"

Three Nassau County police officers just retired with severance packages exceeding $632,000--each.

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September 09, 2010

NYSHIP drops 27,000 "dependents"

At least 27,000 individuals, including ex-spouses of government workers, carried NYSHIP cards in their wallets--although they did not qualify for taxpayer-financed health insurance.

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September 02, 2010

Rehired so they can retire

Three employees of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District were laid off in May, only to be rehired in June, so they could take advantage of the state's early retirement program.

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