Latest Civil service News

Municipalities sue over new public employee contracts law

Nov. 12, 2019 12:33 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Sixteen Rhode Island municipalities announced Tuesday they're suing the governor and legislative leaders over a new law that automatically extends expired municipal worker and teacher contracts. The municipalities said they're suing the Democratic governor, House speaker and Senate...

Early blows for state of Alaska in prominent cases

Nov. 8, 2019 8:02 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state has suffered recent blows in lawsuits driven by opinions issued by Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, with one legislative critic saying Clarkson is providing ideological opinions. Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, also called Clarkson an activist attorney...

Legislature aims to fix audit law requiring criminal probe

Nov. 8, 2019 2:27 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota legislative leaders are promising a fix to inflexible laws that make mandatory criminal investigations into some audit findings that may be the result of an unintentional mistake. Recent agency audits that were referred for criminal prosecution have sent a ripple of fear...

State seeks outside help in defending union dues position

Nov. 7, 2019 3:40 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Attorney General Kevin Clarkson's office is seeking to hire outside attorneys to help defend his decision that changes are needed in the way Alaska collects union dues. A request for proposals, issued Thursday, estimates a budget of $500,000 to $600,000 for the work. In an early blow...

Court: Former Ottumwa police sergeant firing was justified

Nov. 6, 2019 3:56 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Court of Appeals says an Ottumwa police chief and the local civil service commission were right to fire a police sergeant for failure to be truthful during an internal investigation into a January 2017 arrest. Former Ottumwa police Sgt. Mark Milligan was disciplined for...

Zimbabwe police stop protest march by civil servants

Nov. 6, 2019 9:11 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police Wednesday blocked government workers from marching to protest for better salaries, a day after dozens of public hospital doctors were fired for striking for more pay. Strikes have become frequent in the southern African country in recent weeks as the economy...

Impeachment inquiry: How we got here and where we're going

Nov. 4, 2019 12:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The words from one president to another, somewhat casual in tone, were not casual at all in meaning: "I would like you to do us a favor, though." Those words have now prompted deployment of the ultimate political weapon, an impeachment process enshrined in the Constitution as a means...

CSEA union swears in new president

Nov. 3, 2019 9:04 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A union that represents public employees in New York state has a new president for the first time in more than 25 years. Mary E. Sullivan was sworn in as president of the Civil Service Employees Association on Friday. She replaces Danny Donohue, who retired during his seventh elected...

How 'do us a favor' led to Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov. 2, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The words from one president to another, somewhat casual in tone, were not casual at all in meaning: "I would like you to do us a favor, though." Those words have now prompted deployment of the ultimate political weapon, an impeachment process enshrined in the Constitution as a means...

Correction: Police Cadet-Drug Test story

Oct. 31, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In an Oct. 30 story about a Massachusetts court decision regarding a police cadet who was refused a job after he failed a drug test, The Associated Press erroneously reported the cadet's race. He is white, not black. A corrected version of the story is below: High court sides with police...