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Public school teachers earn 16.8 percent less in weekly wages and 12.5 percent less in weekly total compensation (wages and benefits) than other full-time workers in New Jersey. An analysis of hourly compensation shows that teachers earn 13.7 percent less in wages and 9.4 percent less in total compensation.
In right-to-work states, public-sector employees earn 14 percent less in wages than their private-sector counterparts. Factoring in compensation, public-sector employees suffer a 10.4 percent wage penalty compared to their private-sector counterparts.
Agency clauses, which allow unions to collect fair-share fees from employees who are not union members but whom the union is legally required to represent are needed. Without them, "free-ridership" grows, depleting union resources and undermining the ability of a union to serve all workers in the bargaining unit.
The rapid growth of labor laws that have enabled public-sector collective bargaining have not led to excessive public-sector pay; for example, employees covered by the right to strike earn about 2 percent to 5 percent more than those without it.
If the Supreme Court in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association renders agency-shop clauses unenforceable for public employees, it will reduce public-employee compensation by increasing the pay penalty for working in state and local government.
The current debate over a bill that will greatly restrict public employee rights to collective bargaining in Ohio has focused attention on public employee compensation.
A new Economic Policy Institute study released today finds that full-time state and local government employees in Pennsylvania are not overcompensated, when compared to otherwise similar private-sector workers. Pennsylvania public employees’ hourly compensation costs are a statistically insignificant 2.1 percent lower than that of private-sector employees.
A recent series of provocative media reports suggest that increased crime rates in certain New Jersey cities are the direct result of police force reductions.
Is this the new normal for public employee health care contributions?
Governor Chris Christie has proposed that New Jersey state and local public employees contribute 30% to the cost of their health insurance.
Efforts to roll back public sector wages and benefits and collective bargaining are under way in many states, with proponents claiming that overpaid public sector workers are a drag on state budgets. Our widely disseminated research refuting that claim has been targeted by critics. But as this paper shows, the criticisms leveled against our analyses of public employee compensation1
are themselves unsound.
This paper investigates whether Missouri public employees are overpaid at the expense of Missouri taxpayers. The research is timely. Legislative battles are under way in several state capitals in the Midwest, as governors seeking to close state budget gaps propose restricting not only government workers’ wages and benefits but their collective bargaining rights.
This paper investigates whether Minnesota public employees are overpaid at the expense of the state’s taxpayers. The research is timely. Legislative battles are under way in several state capitals in the Midwest, as governors seeking to close state budget gaps propose restricting not only government workers’ wages and benefits but their collective bargaining rights.
But when we compare apples to apples, we find that Wisconsin public employees earn 4.8% less in total compensation than comparable private sector workers.
This paper investigates the timely question of whether Indiana public employees are overpaid at the expense of Indiana taxpayers.
This paper investigates whether Wisconsin public employees are overpaid at the expense of Wisconsin taxpayers.
This paper investigates whether Ohio public employees are overpaid at the expense of Ohio taxpayers. The research is timely. Newly sworn-in Gov.
This paper investigates whether Michigan public employees are overpaid at the expense of Michigan taxpayers. The research is timely.
The research in this paper investigates whether state and local public employees are overpaid at the expense of taxpayers.
This research is timely.
The research in this paper investigates whether New Jersey public employees are overpaid at the expense of New Jersey taxpayers. This research is timely. The governor and the editorial board of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, the state’s largest newspaper, claim that public workers earn substantially higher salaries than average workers in the private sector, and the gap in benefits is even wider.
May 2005 | EPI Book
Racing To The Bottom
How Antiquated Public Policy Is Destroying the Best Jobs in Telecommunications
by Jeffrey H.
Opinion pieces and speeches by EPI staff and associates.
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Employment and the telecommunications industry
By Jeffrey Keefe
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April 1998 EPI Study
Will the WorldCom-MCI merger tangle the Web?
by Jeff Keefe
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The proposed merger of WorldCom and MCI has raised questions about whether the consolidated company would dominate the Internet and undermine its democratic, vibrant, and competitive culture.