| Oct 1, 2013
| 1:26 PM
As the state’s health insurance marketplace began enrolling thousands of newly qualified Californians for health coverage, Gov. Jerry Brown signed 10 healthcare-related bills on Tuesday.
Among them are measures that extend healthcare tax breaks to...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 7:36 PM
SACRAMENTO — It's a new era in Sacramento — a markedly improved one, so far.
Watching the lawmakers, you don't cringe nearly as much.
They're actually getting things done in the state Capitol. You can set aside that old label...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 1:50 PM
Tinley Park village officials and the labor union representing its police officers have reached an agreement on a contract that calls for a 9 percent pay increase spread out over four years, according to representatives from both sides.
| Jul 16, 2013
Will County officials are preparing for the possibility of a strike by the county's largest employees' union.
Members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028 have told union leaders they could call for a strike vote if...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 8:50 AM
Citing an overly forgiving disciplinary system, Broward County officials approved a bus driver contract Tuesday that includes a promise to rewrite the way crashes are handled.
County commissioners and the county auditor have pressed for a stricter...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 9:35 AM
Two years after ramming his Broward County bus into the rear end of a car — sending six passengers to the hospital — veteran driver Christopher Harvey is accused once again of nodding off at the wheel.
For Harvey, it's just the latest episode...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 11:08 AM
Sometimes, I want to take the unions out for a beer.
I'd sit them down, order drinks and sigh.
"Why did you make it so easy for your opponents?" I'd ask. "Why did you hand them the club to beat you with?"
Corruption? Check. Political paybacks? Done....
| Jun 22, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Metra CEO Alex Clifford, the former Marine brought in to clean up the agency after the scandal and suicide of former boss Phil Pagano, resigned Friday, leaving with a potential $740,000 payout after protracted buyout negotiations with the commuter rail...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 7:11 PM
The severance agreement negotiated between Metra and former CEO Alex Clifford, paying him as much as $740,000 to leave the agency before the end of his contract, pledges both sides to secrecy.
The 14-page agreement includes a "mutual confidentiality"...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:44 PM
The state's three top elected officials had harsh words Wednesday for the company that manages concessions at BWI Marshall Airport for not doing more to help hourly employees who staff the restaurants and shops.
An angry Gov. Martin O'Malley said at the...
| Jul 25, 2013
Unless wage, benefits and working conditions demands are met, Gold Cross Ambulance Service employees will strike the company Sunday, a union official confirmed Wednesday.
Gold Cross Ambulance and Teamsters Local Union 542 are at odds over wages and...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 9:12 AM
Oh, Rick Perry. How we've missed you. The hair. The boots. Seems like there was a third thing, but we forget.
The Texas governor's flameout in the 2012 Republican nominating process came well before Maryland's GOP primary — I mean, how early do we...