Teaching without contracts by Lise Bang-Jensen | | NY Torch

As schools open, the number of school districts at impasse with teacher unions has increased by 12 percent since a year ago, according to the Public Employment Relations Board. Also noteworthy--although not emphasized by PERB--nearly one out of three school districts has yet to negotiate a new contract with its teachers.

Examining MDs by Lise Bang-Jensen | | NY Torch

Should physicians, who are licensed by the state of New York, be required to take a civil service exam in order to work for the state of New York? A state judge thinks so, but that's unlikely to be the last word on the controversy.

Persuading co-workers to retire by Lise Bang-Jensen | | NY Torch

Oneida County employees participating in a proposed cash buyout program would have a strong incentive to get their co-workers to join them: their payments will increase if more employees participate.

Facelifts aren’t enough for Buffalo teachers by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Despite the challenge of teaching in an urban school district, Buffalo teachers don’t have to wear their stress on their faces. Their new health benefit package covers cosmetic surgery, courtesy of taxpayers.
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