It’s better now to be a public employee
May 17, 2013
Fewer pay and hiring freezes are plaguing those with public jobs in California as things get brighter for state and local government civil service employees.
That’s the conclusion of a new report by the non-profit Center for State & Local Government Excellence, which also suggests that 10 percent fewer layoffs of public sector employees are occurring, compared to the same time last year.
Health and retirement benefits are being modified by more than half of this state’s public agencies, a factor that helps stabilize budgets and insulate workers from the axe, according to the report’s authors.
Many of these savings are being accomplished by shifting more retirement and health plan contributions from employer to employee.