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 "Obama administration":

"… not go through channels before they compromised government secrets.” …"

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 "Labor":

"… specializing in four areas of law, including “Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations.” Bradley practices law in a different division, focusing on t …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… ctions from the state’s congressional delegation and even the president, Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed a “right-to-work” bill into law …"

"… 1992, ALEC members introduced the bill in 11 state legislatures, including Michigan.None of them passed.In 1995, ALEC reported that its legislator-members int …"

"… Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law in February.Key parts of the Michigan law are identical to the text in the ALEC model bill.Snyder flip flopMichi …"

"… higan law are identical to the text in the ALEC model bill.Snyder flip flopMichigan’s governor reversed his stance on what he had repeatedly called a “div …"

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.

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 "Pontiac":

"… r emergency managers in the wake of the decision. Members of the Flint and Pontiac city councils and the Detroit school board held meetings and attempted to …"

"… that older law.Snyder’s administration quickly re-appointed managers in Pontiac, Ecorse and Benton Harbor, and appointed a new manager in Flint, all with …"

"… rs under the state’s older emergency law. The move came amid protests in Pontiac, Flint, and Detroit.Detroit’s elected school board has resumed meetings, …"

"… class size limits dramatically, and kept a 10 percent pay cut in place.The Pontiac City Council voted in late August to dismiss emergency manager Louis Schim …"

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 Office":

"… as hostile to any form of whistleblowing.In February, a report by the Government Accountability Office said that the reprisal investigators routinely took too long to respond to …"

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 "apparel retailer":

"… option.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 stor …"

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 "president":

"… ys, “It depends on the clarity you get.”Matt Capece, who works for the president’s office of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, …"

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 "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 "transportation":

"… a significant factor in helping the state."Texas jobs have grown in trade, transportation and utilities; professional and business services; and education and healt …"

"… as measured by BLS, government is the second largest sector, behind trade, transportation and utilities. Since June 2009, the state has added 31,100 government jobs …"

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 "Eric Schultz":

"… en 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:Schultz, Jul …"

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 "Enron":

"… a Wall Street banker who blew the whistle on abusive tax shelters used by Enron and other big companies – testifying anonymously as “Mr. ABC” – to …"

"… uds in 1999, the government might have realized the depth of corruption at Enron well before the company collapsed. A June 2006 inspector general’s repo …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Labor Department":

"… oyees covered by Sarbanes-Oxley protections. …"

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

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

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 …"