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 "New Jersey":

"… trillion. Some states and cities are worse off than others. Illinois and New Jersey, two of the worst, are drowning in pension debt. Detroit and other cities, …"

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 "Judge":

"… e 10 employees in the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ). The final installment of the Center’s “Breathless and Burden …"

"… They cited an April 2013 memorandum, made public by the Center, from Chief Judge Stephen Purcell to then-Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris. Purcell wrote …"

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 "advocate":

"… 2007 after hearing cases out of San Francisco for 16 years, has become an advocate for his former colleagues, representing them in an appeal before the Merit …"

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 "Iraq":

"… s. Terry Dean Ratliff left his home in Arizona in 2009 to drive a truck in Iraq for Service Employees International Inc. (SEII). He did it for the money …"

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 "Center for Investigative Reporting":

"… ontended in a written statement to the Center for Public Integrity and the Center for Investigative Reporting. “We believe Walmart knows exactly what is happening and is ultimately r …"

Barack Obama

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 "officer":

"… n the armed services tops that of civilians. In their first year, military officers make $20,000 more than private sector workers with a bachelor's degree, a …"

"… roject on Government Oversight, notes that there are also more highly-paid officers on the rolls now. Historically, wars have swelled the military’s lower …"

"… s lower ranks, but it now has less than five enlisted personnel for every officer for the first time in 200 years, he said.And soldiers — especially those …"

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 "Washington":

"… ght imagine, jeered — as did some journalists and pundits.PolitiFact’s Washington-based editor defended the choice by contending that Ryan’s proposal to r …"

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

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… irect access to the board. …"

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 "Alan Grayson":

"… ess, a timely bill is languishing in the House: the Paid Vacation Act.Rep. Alan Grayson, a first-term Florida Democrat, recently introduced the act, which would r …"