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Public-Sector Workers


Expanding Family and Medical Leave to Small Firms

April 2014, Helene Jorgensen and Eileen Appelbaum

State Union Membership, 2012

January 2013, John Schmitt, Janelle Jones and Milla Sanes

Hard Work in the Public Sector

October 2010, Hye Jin Rho

The Wage Penalty for State and Local Government Employees in New England
September 2010, Jeffrey Thompson and John Schmitt

The Wage Penalty for State and Local Government Employees

May 2010, John Schmitt

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Employment Changes by State and Sector

Labor Market Policy Research Reports, August 31- September 6, 2013

Visualizing State Union Numbers

State Union Membership, 2012

Public-Sector Union Numbers, 2012

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Op-Eds & Columns

Pay Retirees What They’ve Earned

Dean Baker
The New York Times, December 5, 2013

Is the American Jobs Machine Coming Back?

Dean Baker
The Guardian Unlimited, March 8, 2013

The Real Reason for the Decline of American Unions

Kris Warner
Echoes (Bloomberg View), January 23, 2013

Michigan Republicans Deny Police Officers and Firefighters the Right to Work

Dean Baker
Truthout, December 17, 2012

The Serious People Are on the War Path

Dean Baker
Truthout, December 3, 2012

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Return Assumptions on New Mexico Pension Plans

The Impact of Social Policies and Workplace Law

In Defense of the Social Safety Net

Government Unions in the United States

Jobs, Inequality, and the Public Sector: Improving the Economic Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of the U.S.

Union for Radical Political Economics 2011 Conference: The War on the Working Class

Texas Municipal Retirement System Annual Training Seminar

Make Wall Street Pay! Taking on Corporate Power

How Will Austerity Affect Middle Class America?

Three Employment Policy Crises: Jobs, Wages and Public-Sector Collective Bargaining

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Press Releases

Statement on the Report of the Society of Actuaries Blue Ribbon Panel on Pension Funding

March 4, 2014

Current PEs Make Risk-Free Rate of Return on Public Pensions Highly Unlikely
April 11, 2011

Public Pension Shortfalls Misrepresented in Budget-Crisis Debate
February 14, 2011


Testimony on Return Assumptions on New Mexico Pension Plans

January 23, 2013, Joint Session of the Labor and Education Committees New Mexico State Legislature

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