Worker-run pension boards raise call for reform

By Fenit Nirappil,

A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation’s largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.

In-home workers protest Jerry Brown’s plan to ban OT

By Melody Gutierrez,

Four months after the federal government said in-home caregivers would be eligible for increased overtime pay, those workers say they’ve been given a devastating financial blow in Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal.

BART unions ‘ready to go on strike’

By Michael Cabanatuan,

With the possibility of a second BART strike a day away, talks between the transit agency and its labor unions continued under a media blackout that provides few, if any, hints of progress or gridlock at the bargaining table.

California to raise minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016

By Sharon Bernstein, Reuters

California has become the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour, with the increase to take place gradually through the start of 2016, under a bill Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Wednesday.

Phony initiative reform a ploy by labor unions

San Francisco Chronicle

Something is seriously amiss with any initiative reform bill opposed by both the conservative Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which gained its wings on the populist revolt of Proposition 13, and California Common Cause, a nonpartisan promoter of transparency and fair play in government.