Civil service

In this April 27, 2018, photograph, a teacher carries a placard in support of funding the teacher and other public sector workers' pension fund during a rally in Denver. Rising pension costs are eating away at teacher pay in Colorado and other states. The pension issue has played a role in a teacher uprising sweeping the U.S. Thousands of Colorado teachers walked off the job and closed down schools last week. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
May 01, 2018 - 12:12 pm
DENVER (AP) — The loudest rallying cries from Colorado teachers protesting for more education dollars were about dwindling paychecks that are steadily losing ground to the state's rising cost of living. Teachers usually say a persistent funding shortage, which has cost public schools $6.6 billion...
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A man uses his cell phone while walking on a sidewalk in downtown Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Iranian state TV reported Wednesday that government bodies have been barred from using foreign messaging apps. State TV said the ban was imposed by the Presidential Office on all public institutions. It was not clear if the ban applied to civil servants outside of work hours. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
April 18, 2018 - 9:20 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's presidency has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported Wednesday, after economic protests organized through such apps shook the country earlier this year. Chief among those apps is Telegram,...
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April 12, 2018 - 10:37 am
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A public employee pension crisis for state governments has deepened to a record level even after nearly nine years of economic recovery for the nation, according to a study released Thursday, leaving many states especially vulnerable if the economy hits a downturn. The...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., left, walks offstage after introducing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wis. Once the voice of a Midwestern conservative revolution, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now a Republican voice of concern. Walker is pointing to a big Democratic win this year in a Wisconsin Senate special election in a district that Trump won easily in 2016. He says it's a sign that voters are unhappy and Democrats are motivated. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci File)
March 11, 2018 - 10:37 am
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Not long ago, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the voice of a conservative revolution in the heartland, a Republican at the vanguard and a possible future president. Today, he's the voice of concern, warning his party — at home and nationally — that change is coming again. In...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2011, file photo, supporters of Pakistani religious groups gather outside the Islamabad High Court in Islamabad, Pakistan. Rights activists in Pakistan expressed concern on Sunday, March 11, 2018 over a Islamabad High Court ruling that would require people to declare their religion on all official documents, saying it could lead to the persecution of minorities, particularly adherents of the Ahmadi faith. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
March 11, 2018 - 5:49 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Rights activists in Pakistan expressed concern Sunday over a court ruling that would require people to declare their religion on all official documents, saying it could lead to the persecution of minorities, particularly adherents of the Ahmadi faith. The Islamabad High Court...
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Teachers rally outside the state Senate chambers at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Teachers were awaiting a Senate vote on a proposed 5 percent pay increase for them. (AP Photo/John Raby)
March 01, 2018 - 6:14 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Facing pressure from striking, chanting teachers who filled the Capitol again Thursday, West Virginia's Senate majority refused to take up their pay raise legislation, angering protesters and causing schools across the state to stay closed Friday. West Virginia Education...
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Jennyerin Steele Staats, a special education teacher from Jackson County holds her sign aloft outside of the capitol building after WVEA President Dale Lee outlined the terms for ending the walkout on the fourth day of statewide walkouts in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Striking teachers are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 28, 2018 - 7:36 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House approved a 5 percent pay raise negotiated by Gov. Jim Justice to end a walkout by West Virginia teachers though schools in at least 16 of its 55 counties planned to stay closed Thursday. House approval of the proposed raise came Wednesday evening. The...
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Teachers John and Kerry Guerini of Fayetteville, West Virginia, hold signs at a rally at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Teachers across West Virginia will continue a walkout over pay and benefits for a fourth day. (AP Photo/John Raby)
February 26, 2018 - 9:15 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of striking schoolteachers who have shut down West Virginia classrooms for days are demanding a face-to-face meeting with the governor and legislative leaders on their pay grievances, a union official said Monday. Teachers rallied Monday outside the state Capitol...
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Supporters of Illinois government employee Mark Janus cheer as he walks to thank them, outside the Supreme Court, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Washington. The Supreme Court takes up a challenge Monday in a case that could deal a painful financial blow to organized labor. The court is considering a challenge to an Illinois law that allows unions representing government employees to collect fees from workers who choose not to join. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 26, 2018 - 2:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the justice holding the decisive vote silent, a divided Supreme Court sparred Monday over a case that could undermine the financial footing of labor unions that represent government workers. The justices heard arguments in a challenge to an Illinois law that allows unions...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb.21, 2018 file photo, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe leaves after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. France unveiled Friday, Feb. 23 a vast new program to counter radicalization, as jihadis return from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and the watch list of people showing risk signs grows. The plan, announced by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, is made up of 60 measures and puts the accent on prevention, notably aimed at digging into the roots of society to catch danger signals. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)
February 23, 2018 - 12:55 pm
PARIS (AP) — France unveiled a wide-ranging new program on Friday to counter radicalization, as French jihadis return from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and the watch list grows of people showing risk signs. The plan, announced by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, is made up of 60 measures and...
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