U.S. announces sweeping reforms to protect coal miners from black lung disease

By Chris Hamby

Surrounded by coal miners, U.S. Labor officials announce reforms including a new rule limiting the disease-causing dust allowed in mines.

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"… e announcement, which featured testimonials by individual miners, Main and Labor Secretary Tom Perez outlined the details of the long-awaited rule. It redu …"

White House seeks to chip away at severe Labor Department judge shortage, case backlog

By Jim Morris

The White House is requesting an additional $2 million from Congress for its overworked, understaffed Office of Administrative Law Judges.

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"… llion for the coming fiscal year to hire 10 employees in the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ). The final installment of …"

"… enter’s “Breathless and Burdened” series revealed that the number of Labor Department judges, who hear a wide range of workers’ compensation, immig …"

"… made public by the Center, from Chief Judge Stephen Purcell to then-Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris. Purcell wrote that “we are fast reaching a point …"

"… we will not likely recover for years to come.” In a statement Thursday, Labor Department spokesman Jesse Lawder wrote that if the agency gets the reques …"

Congressmen call for federal investigation of black lung benefits program, citing Center-ABC reports

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

IMPACT: Two congressmen called on the Labor Department's IG to investigate whether miners have been wrongfully denied benefits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… we can provide," the agency wrote. …"

"… over $600 a month to about $1,250 a month, ultimately have received them, Labor Department numbers show. And, the request comes as Democratic Sens. Rober …"

"… rs of decline, the disease is back on the rise. In an interview, a senior Labor Department official said she is disappointed the system may be failing min …"

"… cases, that's an issue that Congress has to address,” said Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith. Smith was asked whether it was acceptable that so few …"

FEC nominees win Rules Committee endorsement

By Dave Levinthal

Senate Rules Committee endorses nominations of Lee Goodman, Ann Ravel

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… in downtown Washington, D.C., where the FEC is headquartered. Exhibit A: Labor lawyer John J. Sullivan, a Democrat, who Obama nominated to the FEC in 200 …"

Worker suffocations persist as grain storage soars, employers flout safety rules

By Jim Morris and Howard Berkes

The 2010 deaths of a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man in an Illinois grain bin highlight unsafe practices, spotty enforcement.

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"… ed and die in the corn,” Piper told investigators with the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Grain storage in the U …"

"… asbach by proposing a $555,000 fine for 25 alleged safety violations. The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division tacked on a $68,125 fine for the ill …"

"… to $200,000. The Justice Department declined to prosecute, according to a Labor Department document provided to the Center in response to a Freedom of Inf …"

"… ntity,” beyond OSHA’s jurisdiction. Under questioning by Department of Labor lawyer Denise Hockley-Cann, however, he acknowledged that no crops or live …"

Labor secretary leaves legacy of worker protections and unfinished business

By Chris Hamby

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis leaves behind a department advocates say increased enforcement but left worker safety rules unfinished.

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"… es recover from the financial crisis.  …"

"… ment employees that she planned to return to California, where she grew up.Labor advocates credit her with restoring the department’s commitment to prote …"

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.

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"… 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 …"

BP to pay $13 million for safety violations at Texas refinery

By Alice Su

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay $13 million to settle safety violations at a Texas refinery that blew up in 2005.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… ations at a Texas refinery that suffered a catastrophic explosion in 2005, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Thursday.The violations stemmed from a 2009 ins …"

Contribution limits at risk in states thanks to Supreme Court

By Amy Myers

Illinois and other states may eliminate contribution limits to candidates to offset unlimited outside spending.

Energy-backed firms award bonuses, file bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

The DOE financed green energy companies that later fell into bankruptcy — but not before the firms awarded big executive bonuses

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"… raWatt secured a $500,000 grant from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory Photovoltaic Technology Pre-Incubator program. In March 2010, U.S. La …"

"… oratory Photovoltaic Technology Pre-Incubator program. In March 2010, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and a local congressman toured the company’s Hu …"

Anniversary of 'Citizens United' decision draws protesters

By Corbin Hiar

'Citizens United' decision attracting legal challenges, protests

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"… ment project, Amend2012. The effort is being led by Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich. “Our goal is to have as many states as possible …"

Pension insurer criticized for switching investment strategies too frequently

By Alexandra Duszak

Insurer of traditional pensions has changed investment strategies too often

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"… of operating procedures and guidelines for its investment activities.” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who is also chairman of the PBGC board, said she ag …"

Campaign cash: The independent fundraising gold rush since 'Citizens United' ruling

By Peter H. Stone

For many powerful GOP operatives and allied fundraisers, the luncheon last April felt like one part reunion and one part strategy summit for

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"… to expand the fundraising and political muscle of the 527 he established, Patriot Majority, by creating an allied PAC, Patriot Majority PAC.The 527 group Patriot Maj …"

"… le of the 527 he established, Patriot Majority, by creating an allied PAC, Patriot Majority PAC.The 527 group Patriot Majority, which started in 2005, and the newer a …"

"… ot Majority, by creating an allied PAC, Patriot Majority PAC.The 527 group Patriot Majority, which started in 2005, and the newer allied Patriot Majority PAC, are exp …"

"… he 527 group Patriot Majority, which started in 2005, and the newer allied Patriot Majority PAC, are expecting to spend a bit more than $12 million this year in a han …"

BP to pay record fine, spend $500M to upgrade Texas refinery

By Jim Morris and M.B. Pell

UPDATED BP will pay a $50.6 million penalty and spend at least $500 million to upgrade its Texas City, Texas, refinery where a 2005 explosio

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"… led 15 workers.The record fine was negotiated after the U.S. Department of Labor last year found BP “failed to live up to several extremely important ter …"

"… of the penalty rightly reflects BP’s disregard for workplace safety,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a conference call with reporters.The Center …"

"… t they call BP’s cavalier attitude toward worker safety.Deputy Assistant Labor Secretary Jordan Barab told reporters the agreement gives OSHA an “unpre …"

"Brown down" in Australia

By Marian Wilkinson, Ben Cubby and Flint Duxfield

Business interests thwart carbon controls on the hottest, driest continent

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"… er who worked with the forestry and construction union before she became a Labor Party minister, Wong argued forcefully with many corporate chief executive …"

"… ustralia, Richard McIndoe, kicked off his campaign by writing to Victorian Labor Premier John Brumby and Prime Minister Rudd, warning of “supply failures …"

"… ensland and New South Wales, both dominated by MPs from the left-of-center Labor Party. Ralph Hillman, head of the Australian Coal Association, denies that …"

"… alian Coal Association, denies that the industry is deliberately targeting Labor’s marginal seats. “It so happens one of my advisors noted that half of …"

Hidden Chamber of Commerce hand behind anti-Solis ad

By Aaron Mehta

There’s a new ad floating on the “BlogAds” network, and it’s quite a doozy. In giant font, the ad warns of “Obama’s ETHICAL Problem,” which

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… ine is followed by a picture of the President’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Rep. Hilda Solis. The text of the ad reads:“Three Strike Solis is wholl …"

"… against unions would be against the nomination of a pro-union Secretary of Labor. What was interesting was that the tipster who pointed this out to PaperTr …"

Commentary: Political mugging in America

By Charles Lewis

Anatomy of an "independent" smear campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… y, Rep. Richard Gephardt, and retired General Wesley Clark—all piled on. Labor unions that had publicly endorsed Gephardt accounted for a fifth of the mo …"

"… of the money—the International Longshoremen's Association ($50,000), the Laborers' International Union of North America ($50,000), the International Asso …"

Trading in favors

By Alex Knott and Aubrey Bruggeman

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2003 — Legislative favors, increased access to federal lawmakers and instructions on how to use loopholes to evade feder

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… ”Also sought after is access to members of the Cabinet. In one letter to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett asks …"

"… personal[ly] requested your aid in helping him reach this tremendous goal. Labor is a top issue for Toledo and the Lucas County area.Jumping through campai …"

The adventure capitalist

By Mungo Soggot and Phillip van Niekerk

Niko Shefer's takeover of Africa

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of State":

"… a travel ban and financial restrictions be placed on Bredenkamp."The U.S. Department of State has tried me and judged me in a manner which affects my fundamental rights …"

Enron top brass accused of dumping stock were big political donors

By John Dunbar, Robert Moore and MaryJo Sylwester

WASHINGTON, January 9, 2002 — Twenty-four top executives and board members at Enron Corp. contributed nearly $800,000 to national political

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… committee is on a “search for the truth, not a witch hunt.”Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said her department has begun an investigation into …"

Koch-funded think tank offers schools course in libertarianism

By Chris Young

Koch-backed think tank wants to educate young minds on the benefits of the free-market system.

Is this U.S. coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia?

By Rosalind Adams

Lawsuits allege Alabama-based Drummond Co., which mines coal in Colombia, has financial ties to groups that have threatened union leaders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… not just for those with Sintramienergetica. According to the National Labor School, an organization based in Medellin that researches Labor issues, be …"

"… agreement because of Colombia’s poor Labor rights record. In response, a Labor Action Plan was signed in 2011 to pressure Colombia’s government to crea …"

Insurers following 'the playbook' in opposing California ballot initiative

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: multi-faceted effort to defeat California ballot initiative.

Koch brothers, major corporations sponsor pension reform seminar for judges

By Chris Young

Judges who may decide fates of public pension reform disputes to attend seminar sponsored by pro-business interests.

How watchdog journalism makes a difference

By Bill Buzenberg

Impact from 'Breathless and Burdened' a textbook example of the power of relentless reporting.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… end result of our investigation is a fact. We know this because the U.S. Labor Department said so specifically, which is unusual for a government agency. …"

"… ual for a government agency. In the first line of an official Solicitor of Labor memo, the Center for Public Integrity’s published articles are cited as …"

"… lic Integrity’s published articles are cited as the reason  for the Labor Department’s review of the black lung compensation program, and for the …"

"… ese reform initiatives, effective immediately, represent an attempt by the Labor Department to create a more level playing field for coal miners navigating …"

The health care industry's campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers use a host of tactics to erode support for Obamacare.

Credit union overseer cozies up to industry execs

By Daniel Wagner

Credit union regulator Rick Metsger cozies up to industry execs at D.C. conference.

Labor Department unveils changes to aid miners in black lung benefits cases

By Chris Hamby

Following the series Breathless and Burdened, U.S. officials unveil a series of initiatives to create a level playing field for coal miners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… s following a series of reforms announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The initiatives, effective immediately, represent an attempt by the Labo …"

"… abor. The initiatives, effective immediately, represent an attempt by the Labor Department to create a more level playing field for coal miners navigating …"

"… nd quality in the decisions.” Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., called the Labor Department’s initiatives “a step in the right direction,” and Rep. G …"

"… their families receive justice. I’ll continue to push the Department of Labor to make the necessary reforms to get this right.” A spokesman for the N …"

Retailers band together to fight health reform law

By Erin Quinn

Companies, trade groups band together to lobby on issues of common interest.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lobbying":

"… most companies haven’t embraced such additional transparency practices. Lobbying reports filed with Congress provide a bit more information on the group’ …"

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