Koch brothers, major corporations sponsor pension reform seminar for judges

By Chris Young

Judges who may decide fates of public pension reform disputes to attend seminar sponsored by pro-business interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… enges. In some states and cities, reforms have already reached the courts. Illinois, for example, passed legislation in late 2013 that cut retirement benefits …"

"… ince filed several lawsuits, claiming that the pension changes violate the Illinois Constitution, which explicitly states that contractual pension benefits …"

"… nsion benefits “shall not be diminished or impaired.” Now the fate of Illinois’ pension reform efforts rests in the hands of the courts. How they rule …"

"… f the courts. How they rule could have nationwide implications. “If the Illinois Supreme Court says that what the Illinois legislature did is constitutiona …"

White House seeks to chip away at severe Labor Department judge shortage, case backlog

By Jim Morris

The White House is requesting an additional $2 million from Congress for its overworked, understaffed Office of Administrative Law Judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… llion for the coming fiscal year to hire 10 employees in the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ). The final installment of …"

"… enter’s “Breathless and Burdened” series revealed that the number of Labor Department judges, who hear a wide range of workers’ compensation, immig …"

"… made public by the Center, from Chief Judge Stephen Purcell to then-Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris. Purcell wrote that “we are fast reaching a point …"

"… we will not likely recover for years to come.” In a statement Thursday, Labor Department spokesman Jesse Lawder wrote that if the agency gets the reques …"

Dwindling number of judges burdens workers

By Jim Morris

The number of judges overseeing a federal worker compensation program has fallen, even as worker caseloads rise.

Rising caseload, fewer Labor Department judges triggers painful mix for suffering laborers

By Jim Morris

A federal worker compensation program once viewed as a model now suffers rising caseloads — but fewer judges, triggering frustration.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… had developed were work-related. Bouhout, who’d been driving a truck in Afghanistan, came back to Arizona in the summer of 2011. He and Ratliff worked togethe …"

"… imes he said he couldn’t find money to buy food.” Bouhout returned to Afghanistan in December 2011. Two months later, Ratliff was found dead in his home in …"

Report: Campaign law changes hasten power imbalance between rich, poor

By Dave Levinthal

New report asserts campaign law changes have further eroded political clout of the middle class and poor.

Warehouse worker lawsuit targets Walmart

By Jim Morris and Adithya Sambamurthy

Warehouse laborers, citing oppressive conditions and unpaid wages, contend Walmart is among those responsible.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal law":

"… house complex took steps today to add Walmart as a defendant in an ongoing federal lawsuit. The move is expected to draw the nation’s largest retailer int …"

"… that Walmart bears ultimate responsibility for the violations of state and federal law committed against plaintiff warehouse workers," who "perform hard phy …"

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New law gives US companies a break on pensions

By The Associated Press

Companies win cut in pension contributions; critics say saving pensions is even bigger concern

Congress can’t say no to military pay raises

By Zach Toombs

Soldiering now pays much better than civilian work

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert Gates":

"… nd a swelling of the armed forces’ top ranks.Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pushed, to no avail, for major changes to Pentagon compensation and warned …"

Plan to cut benefits for injured federal workers stirs concern

By Jim Morris

A move to cut benefits for injured federal workers upsets union officials — and some members of Congress

Excerpts from this story referencing "Daniel Akaka":

"… offering a tax-free retirement.” Not all members of Congress agree. Sen. Daniel Akaka, a Democrat from Hawaii — who, like Collins, serves on the Senate Commit …"

ANALYSIS: When Medicare isn't Medicare

By Wendell Potter

Ryan plan off-loads risk to beneficiaries

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… o is being more forthright about GOP Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to “save” Medicare, Republicans or Democrats.If you overhaul the Medicare system like you did …"

"… plan to “save” Medicare, Republicans or Democrats.If you overhaul the Medicare system like you did your Ford and tell the public it’s still Medicare, a …"

"… he Medicare system like you did your Ford and tell the public it’s still Medicare, are you doing so honestly?As I noted last week, PolitiFact, the St. Peter …"

"… cided that the Democrats’ claim that Ryan’s plan would mean the end of Medicare was so blatantly untrue it merited designation as the 2011 “Lie of the Y …"

FACT CHECK: Is Texas impervious to the recession?

By FactCheck.Org

Gov. Perry picks and chooses which economic statistics suit his presidential campaign, and his critics do the same

Excerpts from this story referencing "Brookings Institution":

"… u generally have more jobs," Howard Wial, an economist and fellow with The Brookings Institution, said in an interview with FactCheck.org. "When more people move in, wages …"

"… residents," Gary Burtless, a senior fellow in economic studies at The Brookings Institution, said in an email to FactCheck.org.Indeed, jobs in the mining and logging …"

FACT CHECK: Misleading information about White House salaries goes viral

By FactCheck.Org

FACT CHECK: Email campaign distorts White House salaries

Pentagon spends billions on incentive pay but doesn't measure what works

By Laurel Adams

Pentagon spends billions on incentive pay with big differences among services

DOE pension obligation to contractors has more than doubled

By Laurel Adams

Energy's antiquated contractor system leaves taxpayers footing pension bills

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Nuclear Security Administration":

"… DOE contractor benefit liabilities.Half of these plans are overseen by the National Nuclear Security Administration.The current model gives DOE no control over contractor benefits. Contracto …"

Financial reform this week: Would companies drop compensation committees to evade SEC rule?

By Julie Vorman

SEC tackles credit rating, due diligence rules

U.S. agency insuring pensions needs bigger, more active board

By Julie Vorman

The three-member board of directors overseeing the federal corporation that insures traditional pensions of 44 million American workers is t

Senior Dem calls for more oversight of pension entity after Center uncovers weakness

By John Solomon

Senate Aging Committee Chairman Herb Kohl says a Center for Public Integrity investigation that uncovered security, management and procureme

Mandatory one-week vacation legislation lacks congressional support

By Kat Aaron

As Congress leaves town for the July 4th recess, a timely bill is languishing in the House: the Paid Vacation Act. ...