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  • Keeping Secrets

    This series exposed the financial and public safety costs of North Carolina's personnel law, which we discovered was among the most secretive in the nation. The series showed how the law protected abusive cops and predatory teachers, political patronage and nepotism, as well as extravagantly pay raises and pensions.
  • "Breach of Trust"

    Soldiers on all levels of the U.S. Armed Forces used fake college diplomas to increase chances of "promotions and pay raises." WHNT-TV revealed that several AMCOM employees had also presented "fake degrees" to the "Department of the Army." The investigation spurred a reconstruction of HR Specialist training, as the command's "ability to detect" to false diplomas was severely flawed.
  • County Hall: The Perks of Public Office

    The series looks at local politicians and their spending habits. These habits were rather lavish for a local government which had to cut spending on certain programs. The stories focus on “everything from how commissioners were using aides as personal chauffeurs to the global travel the commissioners took with no benefit to taxpayers”. Further, advisors of the mayor were receiving “double digit” pay raises, while the budget was crumbling.
  • OSU Faculty and Staff Raise Program Analysis

    The author examined payroll data from Oklahoma State University. He found that pay raises were distributed unequally between administrators and the rest of the university's staff. The author also found that some departments, specifically one that had a history of problems with the administration, did not receive any pay raises.
  • Paycheck Politics

    An investigation by the Raleigh News & Observer reveals that some state employees get larger raises than others, despite that the pay raise system "is supposed to be equitable. People in proximity to power score big raises, such as legislative staff or key aides to the governor. Others, like the state highway patrol, use their political influence to imbed big annual raises in the state budget, regardless of what raises other state employees receive. And there are other employees outside the purview of the executive branch who win disproportionate raises every year, such as court and legislative employees."
  • Paycheck Politics

    The News & Observer reports on the ability of state employees in proximity to power to get raises. Though the system is supposed to be equitable, legislative staff, aides to the governor and highway patrolmen were among those who saw raises in higher proportions to other state employees. Using public records and databases the News & Observer was able to show conclusively what everyone knew to be anecdotally true. As a result of the story a commission was formed to look at overhauling state personnel laws.
  • A Clean Sweep

    The American Prospect reports on the janitors' strike in Los Angeles in April 2000, and explains how janitors' international union, SEIU, helped them to get a wage increase of about 26%. The story looks at various labor markets and sectors of economy and examines their unions' attempts achieving pay raises. The report details the unionization of security screeners at airports, hotel workers, health care workers and nursing home workers. "In service industries that can't flee, unionization of low-wage workers can triumph, but only with heroic effort," finds the magazine.
  • Our Private Legislatures -- Public Service, Private Gain

    A Center for Public Integrity investigation of state legislatures reveals that statehouses are full of politicians who use their positions of power to increase their own wealth. The center's investigation, which touched all 50 states, revealed that many state legislators "write law that directly benefit their businesses", "profit by operating nonprofit organizations that receive state funding" and "vote pay raises for government-employed spouses."
  • County Raises

    Allegheny County is ruled by a three-member commission. In 1996, Republicans took control of the county commission for the first time in 50 years. The new commissioners immediately cut taxes 20%. The strain of the tax cut, coupled with infighting and poor management decisions, led to a budget crisis that resulted in deep budget cuts and the layoffs or early retirements of nearly 1000 people, and pay freezes for middle managers. The investigation revealed that in the midst of these cutbacks, some managers hired by the new commissioners got pay increases over their predecessors' salaries. Some top managers hired at one salary were soon given multiple raises (some received double-digit pay raises within a year of hire). The story exposes the policy which allowed this to happen without public consent -- even without the knowledge or consent of the third, minority commissioner.
  • The Whistleblower

    Village Voice describes the struggles of Jennie Williams, a New York Police Department administrator who is suing the NYPD for race and sex discrimination. Williams, 52, rose from 911 operator to administrator in One Police Plaza and received three merit pay raises in the first nine years of her career. Now Williams claims that throughout that nine-year period, the NYPD failed to promote her to a position of power because she was a black woman. She also says the department failed to protect her from the racist jokes of her co-workers. (May 28, 1996)