Evidence on Public Sector Employees

Getting it Right:  Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications from Research on Public-Sector Unionism and Collective Bargaining, by David Lewin (UCLA), Thomas Kochan (MIT), Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld (Illinois), Teresa Ghilarducci (New School for Social Research), Harry Katz (Cornell), Jeff Keefe (Rutgers), Daniel J.B. Mitchell (UCLA), Craig Olson (Illinois), Saul Rubinstein (Rutgers) and Christian Weller (U. Mass Boston)


Unions, Working Families, Public Employees, and Public Budgets - Discussion participants included:  Wendy Patton, Senior Associate, Attorney Joyce Goldstein, Board Chair, Policy Matters Ohio, and D. John Russo, Coordinator of the Labor Studies Program and Co-Director of the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University.


Debunking the Myth of the Overcompensated Public Employee:  The Evidence, by Jeffrey Keefe 


Pensions - Public employees are contribution substantial amounts to their pension funds.  In 2008, the 14 million state and local government workers contributed $37 billion to their pension funds.  The average contribution was $2,512 per active employee.  It is worth noting that taxpayers are directly responsible for only about 14% of public retirement benefits.


Retirement Benefits - Teachers, nurses, sanitation workers, janitors, cops, and firemen.  These are people who deliver essential public services--the very services that taxpayers expect to receive in return for their tax dollars.  Of the 7.7 million retired state and local government workers in 2008, the average retirement benefit was $22,653.