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 "ExxonMobil":

"… dges who may decide the cases’ fates. Conference funders, which include ExxonMobil, Google and Wal-Mart, could benefit from efforts to slash benefits for pub …"

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 "Department of Labor":

"… ditional $2 million 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 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor Department":

"… years,” Pulver, 63, said in a telephone interview. Then, last March, the Labor Department’s already-weakened Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) took a 5-p …"

"… requests from the Center for Public Integrity. In a written statement, the Labor Department said it is “very concerned with the budget situation for all its program …"

"… rloughs imposed on the judges this year as a result of sequestration. The Labor Department, Mapes argues, could have found better targets for budget-cutting than the …"

"… April memo to deputy secretary Harris, chief judge Purcell noted that the Labor Department planned to boost spending on enforcement of whistleblower and wage-and-hou …"

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 "Benefits Review Board":

"… ity. The decision was affirmed two years later by the Labor Department’s Benefits Review Board. Durbin never returned to work. He and his wife, Susan, moved from Califo …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… p;     …"

"… day by Demos, a left-leaning nonprofit public policy group "working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our …"

"… ior to its publication. Blacks and Latinos — statistically, the poorest Americans when compared to other races and ethnic classes — are particularly mar …"

"… thy interests are keenly focused on concerns not shared by the rest of the American public, like keeping taxes low on capital gains, and often oppose policie …"

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 "Labor":

"… about inaccurate pay stubs, investigators with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement raided the complex Oct. 12, 2011. The agency cited S …"

"… know what they had earned for the work that they were doing,” California Labor Commissioner Julie Su, who ordered the raid, said in an interview. “We f …"

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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 "Army":

"… h a bachelor's degree, according to the review by representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard and various Defense bureaus …"

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 "Federal Bureau of Prisons":

"… hard, on the left side of the head. I was knocked unconscious.” Unwin, a Federal Bureau of Prisons employee for 16 years, hasn’t worked since. He doesn’t have a full ran …"

ANALYSIS: When Medicare isn't Medicare

By Wendell Potter

Ryan plan off-loads risk to beneficiaries

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 "economist":

"… "When you have more people, you generally have more jobs," Howard Wial, an economist and fellow with The Brookings Institution, said in an interview with FactC …"

FACT CHECK: Misleading information about White House salaries goes viral

By FactCheck.Org

FACT CHECK: Email campaign distorts White House salaries

Excerpts from this story referencing "associate director":

"… e on the list. That was the result of a big promotion. Vogel served as the associate director of communications for economics in 2010. He was promoted to special assist …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… arrant further study, it has no immediate plans to do so, according to the Government Accountability Office.The services instead rely on recruiting and retention data to determine wh …"

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 "Contractor":

"… vities at DOE-owned facilities, while federal employees provide oversight. Contractors sponsor employee benefit plans, but DOE is ultimately responsible for rei …"

"… istration.The current model gives DOE no control over Contractor benefits. Contractors sponsor the plans, control the types of benefits offered, control investm …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lehman Brothers":

"… it of $23 billion in September, due in part to terminated pension plans at Lehman Brothers, IndyMac Bank, Circuit City, Nortel, Delphi Corp. and other big ones in th …"

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. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… d Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, and there is no companion legislation in the Senate.Not included in the BLS data is information on how much time off is given …"

"… mbers of Congress. In 2008, the House was in session for 188 days, and the Senate was in session for 182. When members are not in session, they can use thei …"