New protections coming for disgruntled intelligence workers

By Douglas Birch

Compliance with a demand for government-wide anti-retaliatory measures is “on track,” officials say.

Wisconsin justice's spouse head of union-busting law firm

By Chris Young

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice married to head of firm that battles unions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… to hear the appeal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting law, despite the fact that her husband is the president …"

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.

Report suggests OSHA safeguard contingent workers

By Chris Hamby

Regulators should launch an enforcement blitz of companies using large numbers of contingent workers, a nonprofit group concludes.

ALEC's decades of 'right-to-work' effort pay off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Think tank’s 32-year 'right-to-work' campaign succeeds in union stronghold

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… ry, and it marks the revival of an effort long promoted by the influential American Legislative Exchange Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that has seen its share of controversy …"

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 "Thailand":

"… rican Legal Center in Los Angeles, she represented 72 garment workers from Thailand who had been kept behind barbed wire and under armed guard at an apartment …"

National unions and Chamber of Commerce face off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Michigan’s emergency manager law, and labor’s future, up for a vote

Excerpts from this story referencing "Grand Rapids":

"… the Chamber.The fund also has also added $30,000 sums from the Detroit and Grand Rapids chambers of commerce, the Michigan Manufacturers Association, the Associat …"

"… gned by Jared Rodriguez, former senior vice president of the west-Michigan Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.Rodriguez is also the current president of the West Mi …"

Pentagon failed to protect whistleblowers

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Aaron Mehta

Investigators routinely disregarded rules, while rejecting 50 percent of complaints of reprisals for reporting waste, fraud and abuse.

On-call employment: Good for business, bad for workers

By Joe Eaton

Call-in shifts are good for business but bad for workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Retail Action Project":

"… loyees, the situation is often far worse, said Carrie Gleason, director of Retail Action Project, a New York City retail worker advocacy group. The biggest problem with ca …"

FedEx fails to deliver for drivers

By Amy Biegelsen

FedEx drivers are part of the ever-blurring line between employees and contractors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… umper sticker?If Terrio had been working as an employee, the Department of Labor would ensure that he earned overtime pay and could collect workers’ comp …"

"… before the recession it was really kind of a surge,” Ruckelshaus says.A Labor Department study from 2000 audited companies in nine states and found that …"

"… n, assessing over $21.5 million in taxes and over $4 million in fines. The Labor Department study estimated that every 1 percent of the workforce misclassi …"

"… gone to great lengths to keep. A 2010 audit from the Montana Department of Labor Insurance of FedEx Ground’s operations there shows one way the company k …"

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

Grassley says IRS whistleblower program needs more resources

By Michael Hudson

Report says IRS whistleblowers need help busting tax cheats

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 "energy":

"… re declining to about $85 this week). "This has a direct impact on jobs in energy exploration, extraction, and energy support businesses and an indirect imp …"

"… . "This has a direct impact on jobs in energy exploration, extraction, and energy support businesses and an indirect impact on job creation by boosting the …"

"… actCheck.org.Indeed, jobs in the mining and logging sector, which includes energy, have gone up by 25 percent since June 2009 in the state, an increase of 5 …"

"… increase of 50,300 jobs. And the impact extends to other industries. "The energy sector has very strong linkages" to other parts of the economy, says Weins …"

Corporate informants could reap big windfalls for exposing fraud

By Michael Hudson

How-to guide for tipsters to blow in corporate wrongdoing

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 "energy":

"… tle.Heather Zichal has served as the deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change since 2009. In 2009 and 2010, her annual salary was $10 …"

"… ormer boss, Carol Browner, who had been the assistant to the president for energy and climate change. Browner was not replaced and Politico wrote a profile …"

"… d Politico wrote a profile of Zichal in April that said she "took over the energy and climate portfolio this year from Carol Browner." Browner earned $172,2 …"

Less than 2 percent of 'Sarbox' corporate whistleblowers win inside federal bureaucracy

By Michael Hudson

Less than 2% of 'Sarbox' whistleblowers win

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… Asked how the number of merit findings had dropped to 21 from 25, an OSHA spokeswoman said the lower number may reflect the agency’s efforts to “enhance the …"

IRS red tape, old guard slow whistleblowing on corporate tax cheats

By Michael Hudson

IRS stingy in rewarding tipsters who turn in corporate tax cheats

Whistleblower bill close to winning Senate approval

By Laurel Adams and Aaron Mehta

A landmark bill to protect government whistleblowers is expected to win U.S. Senate approval this month, according to two advocacy groups, e

Labor Dept's handling of whistleblower cases criticized by another watchdog

By Michael Hudson

A new watchdog report says the U.S. Labor Department often fails to properly investigate complaints by corporate workers who seek whistleblo

New government report finds ongoing flaws in Labor Dept.'s whistleblower protections

By Michael Hudson

A new government report has found continuing flaws in the U.S. Department of Labor’s whistleblower-protection program....

Federal bureaucracy dismisses most Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claims

By Michael Hudson

Whistleblower protections passed after the Enron accounting scandal have been largely gutted by the federal bureaucracy responsible for prot

Excerpts from this story referencing "Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels":

"… ints are weak or involve “garden-variety” workplace disagreements. But Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels told the Center for Public Integrity that he has ordered a “top to botto …"

Arlington cemetery management failed whistleblower

By Nick Schwellenbach

Arlington National Cemetery management “demonstrated an obvious failure” when it fired Gina Gray, the cemetery’s former spokeswoman and a wh

Anti-whistleblower track record continues

By Nick Schwellenbach

One of two whistleblowers to win even a temporary victory before a government whistleblower review board under a Bush administration appoint

Excerpts from this story referencing "Merit Systems Protection Board":

"… ration. Under Neil McPhie, the Bush-appointed chairman of the three-person Merit Systems Protection Board, whistleblowers had a 1-44 win-loss track record, according to a tally by …"

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 "Labor":

"… s not required, most Americans do get time off, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But the amount of time off varies widely. For instance, …"

Lawmakers ask Obama for whistleblower protection

By Nick Schwellenbach

After years of executive branch hostility to whistleblowers, will President Barack Obama — himself a former whistleblower attorney — hire so

Pentagon watchdog weak on whistleblowers

By Nick Schwellenbach

Last week, the Associated Press broke an intriguing story about plummeting morale in the Pentagon’s top oversight agency, the Office of Insp