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 "Federation of American Scientists":

"… said the number of intelligence community workers is around 100,000. The Federation of American Scientists says the number of those with access to classified information — includi …"

"… ion of which disclosures are protected. Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Secrecy, called the president’s action “unprecedented, …"

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 "Ann Walsh Bradley":

"… firm that helps employers keep their workplaces “union-free.” Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s husband is Mark J. Bradley, a lawyer for Ruder Ware, a Wisconsin-based …"

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

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 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "H. Luke Shaefer":

"… majority of part time workers are people looking for extra spending money. H. Luke Shaefer, a professor of social work at the University of Michigan, said the long s …"

FedEx fails to deliver for drivers

By Amy Biegelsen

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "commissioner":

"… lieves a claim has merit,” Grassley said in a statement. “The IRS commissioner has to make it clear that he expects the director of the IRS whistleblower …"

"… ately administer the nation’s tax laws.” Steven T. Miller, deputy IRS commissioner for services and enforcement, said in a letter in response to the GAO repo …"

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

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 "Bush administration":

"… ing out the OSHA process and going straight to federal court.) During the Bush administration, whistleblower advocates complained that the Administrative Review Board w …"

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 "U.S. Treasury":

"… Carl Sagan numbers — billions and billions of dollars recovered for the U.S. Treasury.”  …"

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 "Charles Grassley":

"… e whistleblower, something is not working in the system.”Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, a long-time supporter of whistleblowers, echoed Leahy’s misgivi …"

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 "Arlington National Cemetery":

"… or general’s whistleblower reprisal report on Gina Gray is now available. …"

"… at the nation’s premiere burial ground for members of the armed services.Arlington National Cemetery managers “lacked knowledge of the disclosures” Gray had made when they …"

"… general’s June 29 report called “Whistleblower Reprisal Investigation, Arlington National Cemetery,” will be released to the public as early as Friday, said a spokesman fo …"

"… iously inappropriate.”The U.S. Army is responsible for the management of Arlington National Cemetery.UPDATE — 7/7/10: The Pentagon inspector general’s whistleblower repris …"

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 "general counsel":

"… ction advocates. The nomination for chair is Susan Grundmann, formerly the general counsel for the National Federation of Federal Employees. Anne Wagner is the nomin …"

"… have acted inappropriately in Pedeleose’s case. The Pentagon IG’s then-general counsel, Uldric Fiore got involved in DCMA discussions of how to discipline Pedele …"

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 "air marshal":

"… egas Review Journal earlier this year that several Las Vegas-based federal air marshals are likely near the top of the list of whistleblowers with a shot at gett …"

"… a shot at getting their jobs back. This includes Robert MacLean, a former air marshal, who exposed cuts in air marshal coverage of high-risk flights when there …"

"… k. This includes Robert MacLean, a former air marshal, who exposed cuts in air marshal coverage of high-risk flights when there were intelligence warnings of a h …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Grassley":

"… ntagon watchdog.Another still-confidential report by the office of Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) reveals that the IG’s office “rejected claims of retaliation …"