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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… 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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… 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 "Jay Rockefeller":

"… show. And, the request comes as Democratic Sens. Robert Casey (Penn.) and Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.) have begun looking into possible legislative action to address the …"

FEC nominees win Rules Committee endorsement

By Dave Levinthal

Senate Rules Committee endorses nominations of Lee Goodman, Ann Ravel

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… ee they'll cakewalk their way to the 9th floor of 999 E St. NW in downtown Washington, D.C., where the FEC is headquartered. Exhibit A: Labor lawyer John J. Sullivan …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Justice":

"… working in a hazardous setting like a grain bin. OSHA sent its case to the Department of Justice and the state’s attorney in Carroll County, Ill., for possible criminal …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ringing stronger enforcement of worker safety laws. During her tenure, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration expanded initiatives to crac …"

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 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… candals, say advocates for reform.The U.S. Supreme Court Monday reversed a Montana law that banned outside spending by corporations. But state and local gove …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… ue operating the 20-megawatt flywheel energy storage plant in Stephentown, New York, a project the department said would “ensure the reliable delivery …"

"… Other energy companies struggled in the storm.Among them: SpectraWatt, a New York state manufacturer of silicon solar cells. In 2009, SpectraWatt secured a …"

Anniversary of 'Citizens United' decision draws protesters

By Corbin Hiar

'Citizens United' decision attracting legal challenges, protests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… 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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… 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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minority Leader":

"… en Law, the president of both groups and a former chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said that as of Sept. 20 the two had pulled in just over …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… 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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… 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 "Qwest Communications":

"… an Jim Nicholson to Phil Anschutz, the founder and largest share holder of Qwest Communications, which is under investigation by the Security and Exchange Commission for …"

The adventure capitalist

By Mungo Soggot and Phillip van Niekerk

Niko Shefer's takeover of Africa

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tony Texeira":

"… et another deal that would rescue their investments. This time it was with Tony Texeira, a South African businessman of Portuguese descent and a veteran of the Af …"

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 "Law":

"… paign contributions, they were collecting millions on insider stock trades.Lawyers representing Enron shareholders filed a class action suit last month c …"

"… f perpetrating “one of the most serious securities frauds in history.” Lawyers allege the Enron executives were in possession of information that “ …"

Selling out for big business: business as usual on Capitol Hill

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: upcoming Obamacare bills benefit corporations, not regular folks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… llion. But it would increase the number of people getting coverage through Medicaid or the health insurance exchanges by between 500,000 to 1 million. And abo …"

"… rn to being uninsured. Shifting that many people to the taxpayer-financed Medicaid program or to the exchanges, where most would be eligible for federal subs …"

High-stakes health care battle in the Green Mountain state

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: fate of Vermont single-payer initiative may depend on financing plan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… insurance industry’s biggest opportunity to derail the state’s plans. Health insurers have reason to be concerned. Even though Vermont has just 627,000 …"

"… ide their involvement. We probably would never have known that America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s main trade group, funneled more than $10 …"

"… er their strategy, Shumlin last year formed a Business Advisory Council on Health Care Financing. The 21-member council “provides the governor with advice …"

"… chter, president of the nonprofit single-payer advocacy group Vermont Health Care for All, told me. “People need to be reminded that we will pay for …"

'Revolving door' spins between AT&T, GSA

By Dave Levinthal

AT&T hires a top GSA official, then and scores a lucrative service contract with the agency.

New types of health care delivery are improving the 'patient experience'

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: eliminating role of insurers could improve health care delivery.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicine":

"… nd care to many Boeing employees, along with UW (University of Washington) Medicine — without an insurance firm. Officials at Providence-Swedish told me Boe …"

"… Web. While Boeing is contracting directly with Providence-Swedish and UW Medicine, the ACOs will have their own deals with insurance companies to provide ba …"

Health insurers turning into who knows what?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers are transforming themselves — but into what?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… at insurers with well-known brands like Aetna, Blue Cross, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare have been around forever and likely will always be with us as they are …"

"… profitable than other business lines that once defined them. As for UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint, few people had even heard of them 25 years ago. But tha …"

"… 30 countries in which we operate around the world.” According to UnitedHealth Group’s website, it is “the most diversified Health care company in th …"

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

Taking insurance companies out of health care

By Wendell Potter

If Boeing experiment flies, health care system could be transformed.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… ere are many Americans who are beginning to question the contributions big insurance companies make to our health care system. And I’m not just talking about …"

"… le man.” News out of Seattle this summer undoubtedly has caused the big insurance CEOs to lose more than a bit of sleep. Boeing, the world’s largest aeros …"

"… gest employers, announced that it has decided to forego the services of an insurance company and to contract directly with two of the Northwest’s largest hos …"

"… viding care to a particular population of patients. Some ACOs also include insurance companies. But many do not. The idea behind the more than 600 ACOs that h …"

Contractor, Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013, BLS says

By Talia Buford

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… ned, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In all, 4,405 workers died from injuries sustained on the job …"

Defeat of California initiative would protect insurers' profits

By Wendell Potter

Proposition 45 would allow California's insurance chief to block insurance rate hikes; insurers are spending millions to kill it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "WellPoint":

"… exclusively by five insurers with the most customers in the state: Anthem/WellPoint; Blue Shield of California; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; Health Net; and …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… crafting curricula favorable to the Koch’s political agenda. And as the Center for Public Integrity reported in March, two of the six private charitable foundations the Koch …"

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 "Jim McGovern":

"… nd a report published last year by U.S. Reps. George Miller, D-Calif., and Jim McGovern, D-Mass., highlighted the continued obstacles union workers faced. Gimena …"

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