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Washington May Not Work, but the Government Does—Thanks to Workers

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Federal, state, county and local public employees are, says President Barack Obama in a proclamation honoring Public Service Recognition Week, “scientists and teachers, social workers and first responders—they are the leaders of today's progress and the innovators of tomorrow's breakthroughs.“

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N.J. Union Members Tell Christie to Back Off $2.43 Billion Pension Raid

In 2011, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and the state legislature struck a deal to strengthen the state’s pension system. Workers would pay more into the fund and Christie promised the state would make higher payments into the underfunded pension plan through 2018. The workers have kept their end of the deal, but this week Christie broke his promise with an announcement that he will withhold two due payments totaling $2.43 billion.

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and Media Matters have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Public Employee Labor–Management Partnerships Saving Money, Time and Jobs

Engineers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. The facility maintains and modernizes the U.S. Navy's fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Richard Chaffee/Released)

Local, state and federal public employees and their unions are often targeted by lawmakers trying to score political points and corporate interests looking for profits in privatized public services. But a new report shows how public employees and their unions are working with management to improve the way government runs and provide better services.

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Private-Sector Union Membership Grows in 2013, but Attacks on Public Employees Take Toll

Private-Sector Union Membership Grows in 2013, but Attacks on Public Employees Take Toll

The number of workers in unions in 2013 rose by 162,000, with the increase of 281,000 workers in private-sector unions offset by the decrease of 118,000 public-sector union members, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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