Public Sector Employment Under Siege

13 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2012

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Stephen F. Befort

University of Minnesota Law School

Date Written: 2011


This article was prepared for a symposium at Indiana University Maurer School of Law on Labor and Employment Law under the Obama Administration. The article analyzes the current spate of attacks on public employees with particular reference to three sub-topics: teacher tenure and evaluation “reform,” the periodic cycles of public sector fiscal crises, and the unilateral modification of public sector collective bargaining agreements. The article concludes with the assessment that cyclical attacks on public sector workers reflect a skewed viewpoint that public employees owe first-class obligations but possess only second-class rights.

Keywords: public employees

Suggested Citation

Befort, Stephen F., Public Sector Employment Under Siege (2011). Indiana Law Journal, Vol. 87, No. 1, 2011, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-05, Available at SSRN: or

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