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The Chief

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The Chief-Leader is a New York City-based weekly civil service newspaper that focuses on municipal government and its labor unions while also covering issues affecting New York State and Federal employees.

Founded in 1897 as an independent newspaper aimed at city firemen, it has been owned since 1919 by the Prial family and expanded its coverage over the years to include all public workers, from police and correction officers to teachers and clerical employees.

Throughout that time, the newspaper has been a champion of civil service and the importance of the merit system in keeping government honest and efficient.  It is sometimes referred to as the Civil Service Bible, and is considered a definitive source for information on union contract negotiations and settlements, and public-employee pensions and related legislation.

The Chief-Leader is published 52 weeks a year, with an issue date each Friday. It is available on newsstands throughout the New York City metro area each Tuesday morning (Online Edition available on Monday nights).


All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written consent of The Civil Service Employees Publishing Company, Inc. However, you may download material from The Chief-Leader Online Edition (one machine readable copy and one print copy per page) for your personal, noncommercial use only.

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