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.

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 "safety equipment":

"… are often assigned to dangerous work and not given the proper training or safety equipment, the new report says.The Center’s recent story highlighted the case of C …"

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 "Prosperity":

"… it was introduced in the Legislature.The Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a national organization funded by the conservative billionaire brothers C …"

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 "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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Project":

"… respected the law’s mandate,” says Tom Devine, legal director for the Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit advocacy group that has represented Pentagon employees in law …"

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 "Michigan":

"… ng money. H. Luke Shaefer, a professor of social work at the University of Michigan, said the long stretch of high unemployment led employees to take jobs the …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… nsel at the NLRB. Interest groups on both sides — from the unions to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — are wary of a definition that would go against them.Russ Hollrah, exec …"

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 "natural gas":

"… depressed as it was before. That, combined with new technology to extract natural gas from shale, has led to job growth.Other oil-producing states have don …"

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

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 "Taxpayers Against Fraud":

"… ost unable to operate in the whistleblower arena,” said Patrick Burns of Taxpayers Against Fraud, a group that lobbies for whistleblowers and whistleblower attorneys. New …"

"… tor of the IRS’s Whistleblower Office, said in an interview published in Taxpayers Against Fraud’s April 2009 quarterly legal review. Eric Havian, a San Francisco whist …"

"… in that shortfall is a question that can’t be answered yet. Burns, the Taxpayers Against Fraud spokesman, said the real question may be whether the Whistleblower Office …"

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 "Congress":

"… eid declined to comment.If the whistleblower bill clears the Senate before Congress adjourns at the end of the month, House Democrats are expected to swiftly …"

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 "Whistleblower":

"… ders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America—and Spawned a Global Crisis. …"

"… tunity to have their claims fully reviewed,” he said.Reform Bill Expands Whistleblower ProtectionOne area of controversy may be cleared up by the financial refor …"

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 "Whistleblower":

"… y.A redacted version of the inspector general’s June 29 report called “Whistleblower Reprisal Investigation, Arlington National Cemetery,” will be released t …"

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 "Whistleblower":

"… eal board rulings, since October 1994, when Congress last strengthened the Whistleblower Protection Act. Both chambers of Congress have been moving forward on legi …"

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 "Government Accountability Project":

"… engthen whistleblower protections.Tom Devine, legislative director for the Government Accountability Project, told the Las Vegas Review Journal earlier this year that several Las Vega …"

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 "Government Accountability Project":

"… s red flags,” says Adam Miles, a whistleblower advocate at the nonprofit Government Accountability Project, told PaperTrail. A whistleblower system that works well should at least f …"