public sector

New List Reveals the 1,000 Highest-Paid Federal Employees

WikiOrgCharts has put a spotlight on the 1,000 most highly paid federal civil servants. It's a list heavy on doctors, lawyers and bankers, many of whom would do far better in the private sector, which puts an interesting spin into the debate about whether government employees are overpaid.

What Stops When a State Gov't Shuts Down?

The government of Minnesota has been essentially shuttered for a week since the governor and legislature failed to find a compromise solution for the state's $5 billion shortfall. But it's hard to imagine what it means to "shut down" a state of 5.3 million people. Here's what it means to them.

The Sorry State of America's Wage Earners

Everyone knows that the typical American household has been running in place or falling behind financially, thanks to stagnant wages and rising prices. But a new study from the the Economic Policy Institute shows that the problem has been endemic not for years, but for decades.

Strike! Eleven of the Best Union Movies Ever

Regardless of your political leanings, the struggle for fair wages and collective bargaining is fraught with drama, and Hollywood's union movies have inspired some amazing performances. With the public workers standoff in the news now, here are a few of Tinseltown's best offerings.

State Governments Are Just Adding to Labor's Woes

American labor unions have been in decline for a half-century now -- and, currently, virtually the only large unions still growing are those in the public sector. Until now. Cash-strapped states are attacking unions where it hurts by trying to strip them of the right to collectively bargain.

Government Workers Aren't Living Large

Though the media often reports on eye-popping salaries of government officials, such as school superintendents and other political appointees, most public-sector workers don't do nearly as well. Typically, they earn about 6% less than workers in the private sector.

Stimulus Lifts Construction Spending in August

Boosted by government projects, construction spending unexpectedly rose 0.4% in August. Though a single monthly gain hardly means the sector%u2019s long contraction is over, the data does hint that the period of large, monthly construction spending declines may be ending.