Missouri state workers

MO Statehouse
11:24 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Funding Boost For Mo. Schools, Small Raise For State Employees Likely

The Missouri State Capitol.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Will be updated with more information.

Missouri schools appear likely to get a 2 percent funding increase next year. And state employees could get a small raise.

Those decisions appear to be locked into the budget as a result of decisions Tuesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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State employees
5:45 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Mo. State Workers' Pay, Benefits, May Get Review

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A joint House-Senate committee met today at the Missouri Capitol to discuss a proposed review of wages and benefits paid to state workers.

State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) sits on the Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages.  He says they’d like to hire a company to review Missouri’s entire compensation package for state employees.

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Black Friday 2012
5:01 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Mo. State Workers To Get Black Friday Off This Year

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has decided to let state employees take the day after Thanksgiving off work this year.

The state’s latest general revenue report show that Missouri collected 7.5 percent more money last month than it did in October of last year, and State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says that’s part of the reason why state workers will get to stay home on November 23rd.

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MoDOT worker killed
5:34 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

1st MoDOT worker killed in Mo. since Move Over law expanded last month

Clifton Scott, 50, at a ceremony on Sept. 17th, 2012, recognizing his 15 years as a MoDOT employee. He was killed four days later on I-70 in Independence while working at the scene of a 4-vehicle crash.

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker was killed on the job early this morning in the Kansas City area.

Clifton Scott, 50, is the first MoDOT worker killed in the line of duty since Missouri's Move Over law was expanded last month to include Dept. of Transportation employees and vehicles.  He was one of two MoDOT workers who responded during pre-dawn hours to a four-vehicle crash on I-70 in Independence.  Scott was placing cones on the highway to re-route traffic around 2:50 a.m. when he was struck by another vehicle.  Scott died at the scene, and the driver who struck him was seriously injured after crashing into Scott's truck.  Chris Redline is an engineer with MoDOT’s Kansas City office.

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Michael Madigan
8:25 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Madigan reflects on his role, regrets for Ill. pension system

Illinois House of Representatives

Illinois lawmakers are scheduled to debate today a massive overhaul of the state’s pension system.

The measure’s revival was made possible last night by a surprise move from House Speaker Michael Madigan, who calls an overhaul necessary.

Madigan told Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky he regrets his role in passing an early retirement package a decade ago that added to the state’s $83 billion unfunded pension liability – and what he wants to do about it now.

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workplace deaths
5:21 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Missouri honors workers who died on the job in 2011

A wreath memorializing workers who died on the job in Missouri last year was displayed at a ceremony on 4-23-2012 in the State Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri workers who lost their lives on the job were remembered today at a Workers' Memorial Day ceremony at the State Capitol.

More than 130 family members of workers who lost their lives attended the ceremony, including Steffenie Quinlan from Bolivar.  Her husband, John, was a laborer who was electrocuted while on the job.

“I am very pleased that they honor(ed) them," Quinlan said.  "Everyone that’s worked on the job and died on the job should be honored.”

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Illinois State Workers
12:08 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Judge rules against Ill. union on canceled raises for state workers

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A federal judge has ruled against state employees in a dispute over whether Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel raises promised in union contracts.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Thursday it will appeal the ruling.

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Mo. State Workers
5:19 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Mo. state workers to get small pay increase

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Missouri state workers will be getting a small bump in pay.

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, known as AFSCME have negotiated a one-time, 2 percent pay increase for the upcoming fiscal year.

Jeff Mazur is a spokesman for AFSCME.  He says even with the raise, Missouri ranks dead last in employee pay.

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Illinois State Workers
3:43 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Quinn continues to defend budget without raises

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(via Flickr/ChrisEaves.com)

Gov. Pat Quinn is defending signing a budget that state officials say didn't fully fund 12 of 14 agencies even before the Chicago Democrat canceled raises for thousands of state workers.

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Illinois State Workers
2:37 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Union asks arbitrator to decide on canceled raises for Ill. state workers

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A major state employee union has asked an arbitrator to decide whether Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel scheduled raises for thousands of workers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sought the ruling Thursday. Quinn announced last week he was canceling the $75 million in raises to help deal with the state's budget crisis.

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