Latest Civil service News

Board finds regents broke law by halting union negotiations

Jun. 19, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A state board has ruled that the Iowa Board of Regents didn't negotiate in good faith with unions from two public universities because it delayed negotiations until the passage of a law limiting public employee bargaining rights. The Public Employment Relations Board ruled last week...

AP Interview: Ex-official urges dropping HK extradition bill

Jun. 14, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's former Chief Secretary Anson Chan — long an outspoken advocate for more democracy in the ex-British colony — is urging the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, to shelve proposed extradition legislation that has sparked mass protests. On Wednesday, dozens of people...

The Latest: China summons US envoy over Hong Kong criticism

Jun. 14, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the Hong Kong extradition bill and protests (all times local): 8:20 p.m. China has summoned a U.S. envoy in Beijing to protest what it calls "irresponsible words and deeds" on an extradition bill that has triggered massive demonstrations in Hong Kong. China's foreign ministry...

First woman named to command Washington state naval yard

Jun. 13, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A U.S. Navy officer has made history by being the first woman elevated to the command of a Washington state shipyard. KOMO reported Wednesday that Capt. Dianna Wolfson became the new commander of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Wednesday. Vice...

Retirees defy Puerto Rico govt, get pension deal with board

Jun. 12, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of retired public employees has defied Puerto Rico's government and reached a deal with a federal control board overseeing the island's finances as it works to restructure more than $50 billion in pension liabilities, officials said Wednesday. The announcement angered...

Firefighter alleges sex discrimination in promotion denial

Jun. 11, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts firefighter has filed a complaint with the Civil Service Commission alleging she was passed over for a promotion because of her gender and favoritism. The Eagle-Tribune reports that Methuen firefighter Tracy Blanchette is appealing the city's decision to promote a male...

Unions eye Beacon Hill for relief after Supreme Court ruling

Jun. 8, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The state's labor unions are turning to Beacon Hill for a little relief from a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that threatened to weaken their finances and political clout. The high court ruled in a 5-4 decision that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions. The move...

Public worker pension plans may face lower investment return

Jun. 7, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — New Mexico's pension system for public employees is not expected to hit its target for investment returns this year, officials said. Wayne Propst, executive director of the Public Employees Retirement Association, told lawmakers Wednesday that missing the target could have a...

City of St. Louis workers headed for social media training

Jun. 6, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of St. Louis will require all civil service employees to get additional training on discrimination, harassment and social media after the weekend publication of a database that appears to catalog thousands of bigoted or violent posts by active-duty and former cops in St. Louis and...

Petitions to overturn bills passed by Legislature OK'd

Jun. 5, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Proposals to overturn three bills recently passed the North Dakota Legislature will go to voters if supporters can gather enough signatures. The referral petitions submitted last month by Dickinson electrician Riley Kuntz aim to stop new restrictions on the state auditor, block...