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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… lligence programs to approved officials. Obama signed the directive after Congress twice dropped intelligence workers from legislation meant to strengthen wh …"

"… ghts.” Snowden, Devine said, “could have sparked an investigation and Congressional oversight of the propriety of, the legality of blanket surveillance. …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ercent of his body. The company failed to call 911, according to a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration report obtained by the Center, and more than 98 minutes passed between the …"

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

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 "United States":

"… trucks destined for Walmart stores and distribution centers throughout the United States." The class-action lawsuit, filed in October 2011, accuses the owner of th …"

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 "Scott Walker":

"… uence than its unsuccessful attempt to remove union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office earlier this year.“The eyes of the nation will be on Michiga …"

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.

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 "Senate":

"… defining employment, but it died. On March 1 this year, both the House and Senate introduced another round of bills to free the IRS from the 1982 law, but s …"

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 …"

Grassley says IRS whistleblower program needs more resources

By Michael Hudson

Report says IRS whistleblowers need help busting tax cheats

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ask for more resources while ignoring the free resources available.” …"

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 "San Antonio":

"… his watch, but they were created on everybody else’s watch too."The San Antonio-Express News recently pointed out that past Texas governors …"

"… ent and government sector employment has climbed 18.3 percent, as the San Antonio-Express News noted.Government jobs in the state may decline now that …"

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 "spokesman":

"… ically, even Zichal's pay raise didn't violate Obama's promise.White House spokesman Eric Schultz explained the White House salary increases this way to Gawker …"

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

By Michael Hudson

Less than 2% of 'Sarbox' whistleblowers win

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… said the agency never pushed for an expanded whistleblower program. “The Senate Finance Committee just did it,” he said. “The IRS didn’t ask for it. …"

"… etter tips when they start paying out awards,” said Dean Zerbe, a former Senate staffer who drafted the 2006 whistleblower law on behalf of Grassley. “M …"

"… eblowers who are culpable in the wrongdoing they expose. Zerbe, the former Senate staffer, said this reflects the reality that, often, “it takes a rogue t …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… ill is being brought up in part to try and stop further leaks of sensitive Pentagon and State Department documents to WikiLeaks and other outside groups. Van …"

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 "judge":

"… tilation hazard in her workplace. A Department of Labor administrative law judge dismissed her claim because it “had nothing to do with fraud or the prot …"

"… answer it.”Stroupe appealed OSHA’s judgment, and an administrative law judge ruled that the bank had indeed retaliated against her. The judge wrote tha …"

"… ative law judge ruled that the bank had indeed retaliated against her. The judge wrote that he found it “virtually unfathomable that BB&T would fire …"

"… service to BB&T, over one or two essentially minor issues.”After the judge’s ruling, Stroupe and the bank settled the matter on undisclosed terms. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… y, the cemetery’s former spokeswoman and a whistleblower, according to a Pentagon internal watchdog’s letter obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.H …"

"… onnel action taken against her,” said the letter from Donald Horstman, a Pentagon deputy inspector general. The Center obtained a copy of the letter from Gr …"

"… ill be released to the public as early as Friday, said a spokesman for the Pentagon’s inspector general. According to a summary of the Pentagon inspector ge …"

"… sman for the Pentagon’s inspector general. According to a summary of the Pentagon inspector general’s report obtained by the Center, Gray was fired becaus …"

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 "Georgia":

"… ent Agency, Pedeleose oversees Lockheed Martin’s operations in Marietta, Georgia, such as the Air Force C-130J cargo plane. Earlier in the decade he blew t …"

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. ...

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Devine":

"… o urges passage of new legislation to strengthen whistleblower protections.Tom Devine, legislative director for the Government Accountability Project, told the …"

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