LA School District, Teachers Reach Deal on Better Distance Learning for Students

For yet another semester, the novel coronavirus pandemic will force students in the nation’s second largest school district to continue attending classes at home. But a deal announced Monday between Los Angeles education officials and the teachers union will enhance structured online learning for students.

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California High Court Upholds Law Closing Pension-Padding Loopholes

In an unanimous ruling Thursday, the California Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a 2013 pension reform law forbidding public employees from cashing in on unused sick and vacation time to increase their pension benefits, finding the Legislature should be allowed to “close loopholes and foreclose opportunities for abuse.”

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RICO

A federal RICO class action accuses the International Union United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers, and FCA fka Chrysler Group of “conspiring in a bribery scheme to defraud plaintiffs out of wages, benefits and seniority,” by providing by millions of dollars in prohibited payments and things of value to union officers in exchange for concessions and advantages in negotiations.

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Illinois Justices Rule Chicago Can’t Destroy Cop Misconduct Records

A Chicago police union’s collective-bargaining agreement requirement that the police department destroy all officer disciplinary records after five years is unenforceable because it conflicts with public policy and state records law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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