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.

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 "Labor":

"… the state has dropped significantly since 1989, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.A month later, the measure’s opponents mobilized. The Chamber …"

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 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Military Whistleblower Protection Act":

"… wers said these decisions were clearly contrary to a provision of the U.S. Military Whistleblower Protection Act of 1988, which bars officers or other superiors from either taking or thre …"

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":

"… t at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, sales work at a retail clothing shop seemed like a good option.Taylor was hired last year at Club …"

"… Taylor was hired last year at Club Monaco, a high-end clothing and apparel retailer owned by Polo Ralph Lauren. But her scheduled shifts at the Manhattan st …"

"… leaves workers like Taylor struggling to get by.The clothing and accessory retail industry is a relative bright spot in the moribund jobs market. Yet like T …"

"… an in the past.From 2002 to 2011, the number of nonsupervisory jobs in the retail clothing industry rose 7 percent to 1.13 million, according to the Bureau …"

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 "attorney":

"… ree that the number has likely grown since.Denise Drake, a management-side attorney in Kansas City, Mo., says “We absolutely see employers using as many dif …"

"… crease their use of independent contractors,” says Richard Reibstein, an attorney in New York City who helps businesses write independent contractor policie …"

"… ed money and they look at this as revenue,” says William Weissman, a tax attorney in California. “I also think there’s a push in the current administrat …"

"… y is a frequent target for state enforcement. In January, Massachusetts’ attorney general extracted $400,000 in unpaid wages and penalties, and more than $1 …"

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 "Labor":

"… te hearing last July, Gary Steinberg, acting director of the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, recommended that “all cl …"

"… er. “This abuse may extend across the government where the Department of Labor regularly pays benefits to employees in their 70s, 80s, 90s, and even 100s …"

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 "Charles Grassley":

"… rchitect of the agency’s whistleblower reward program said Friday. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who wrote a 2006 expansion of the whistleblower program, said a n …"

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 "Brookings Institution":

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

"… residents," Gary Burtless, a senior fellow in economic studies at The Brookings Institution, said in an email to, jobs in the mining and logging …"

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 "Bernard Madoff":

"… ignored a tipster’s repeated pleas to investigate Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff — has the commitment to make the rewards program work. The SEC bounty p …"

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 "attorney":

"… than 2 percent for workers seeking whistleblower status.Corporate defense attorneys argue that employees rarely win so-called “Sarbox” claims inside the …"

"… umber of employees covered by Sarbox protections.Up to now, say workers’ attorneys, Labor Department officials have so narrowly interpreted the law that man …"

"… ,” said Lynne Bernabei, a Washington, D.C., employment lawyer.Some labor attorneys say there are already signs that Michaels and other Obama administration …"

"… hould be counted as findings of merit in favor of whistleblowers. However, attorneys who handle these cases say this isn’t necessarily so; rather than reins …"

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 "Office of Personnel Management":

"… rturning his suspension in October 2007.Following the original ruling, the Office of Personnel Management appealed to the board and asked it to reconsider its original decision bec …"

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

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 "Navy":

"… y.Grassley expressed concern about one of the cases in particular, that of Navy officer Jason Hudson, in an October 23 letter to the IG. Hudson was remove …"

"… an October 23 letter to the IG. Hudson was removed from his job overseeing Navy recruiters and received a negative performance evaluation after speaking o …"

"… d blacks. "The evidence seems to indicate that your office did not ask the Navy one single substantive question about the way the Hudson investigation was …"