Monday, May 23, 2011

Upcoming Conference: Public Sector Employment in Times of Crisis

Richmond Anne Hodges (Richmond) sends up this save-the-date for a conference to be held at Richmond on September 9, 2011:


  • Conference:  Public Sector Employment in Times of Crisis
  • Sponsored by the Labor Law Group, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and the University of Richmond School of Law
  • Location:  University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
  • Program:  In response to the current economic crisis, many state and local governments have focused on public employment.  Public employees have been down-sized and furloughed.   Newly-elected administrations have proposed, and in some cases passed, legislation restricting collective bargaining, requiring public employees to pay more for pensions and health insurance, and eliminating or restricting tenure for teachers.  Debate has raged about the pay and benefits of public employment compared to private and the impact of teacher tenure and evaluation systems on education reform.  Public sector unions have been vilified as a major contributor to the government’s financial problems.  At the same time, unions and employees have fought back, countering these arguments with their own data and engaging in widespread protests against efforts to limit their rights.

The goal of the conference is to bring together experts on the issues relating to public employment that have been the focus of political debate.  The program will generate both information and discussion to inform the debate about how to respond to reduced governmental revenue in a manner that will preserve necessary government services and ensure that they are provided efficiently and effectively to preserve public health, safety and welfare.

Speakers will address public employee compensation, the role of teachers in public education reform, public sector collective bargaining, both existing models and recent changes, job security and termination of public employees, and the constitutional framework of public employment.


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