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 "Secretary":

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

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 "Patton Boggs":

"… gned from the FEC late Tuesday night and will become a partner at law firm Patton Boggs. This leaves the FEC with four active commissioners.     …"

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 "Labor":

"… 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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… 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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "advocacy":

"… ,” said Guadalupe Palma, a director of Warehouse Workers United, an advocacy group funded largely by the labor consortium Change to Win. “The workers …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… campaign contributions to candidates as tools for fighting corruption.The U.S. Supreme Court has said that contributions to candidates, unlike uncoordinated independen …"

"… ndo the regulations prompted by the scandals, say advocates for reform.The U.S. Supreme Court Monday reversed a Montana law that banned outside spending by corporations …"

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 "Fisker Automotive":

"… ix Energy Department loan and grant recipients — from electric car maker Fisker Automotive to electric-car battery maker A123 Systems to Colorado-based Abound Solar …"

Anniversary of 'Citizens United' decision draws protesters

By Corbin Hiar

'Citizens United' decision attracting legal challenges, protests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

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

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 "Labor":

"… ,” says Law, who besides his Hill background was deputy secretary at the Labor Department under McConnell’s wife, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. Looking …"

"… und was deputy secretary at the Labor Department under McConnell’s wife, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. Looking further ahead, Law and other leaders of the …"

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 "John McCain":

"… ollars and spreading the worst kind of vituperative bile to defame Senator John McCain and his wife? Who can forget the below-board tactics used to bring down in …"

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 "Trent Lott":

"… -writes on the bottom of the letter: “I hope your meeting with [Senator] Trent Lott [R-Miss.] was productive. Thanks Phil!”Also sought after is access to me …"

The adventure capitalist

By Mungo Soggot and Phillip van Niekerk

Niko Shefer's takeover of Africa

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… he country's highest office, Charles Taylor, had previously escaped from a Massachusetts jail while awaiting extradition to Liberia on an embezzlement charge. In 1 …"

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 "energy policy maker":

"… ded by then-Senator and now Attorney General John Ashcroft.Lay, a one-time energy policy maker for Richard Nixon, was one of the 214 Bush “Pioneers,” supporters who …"

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 "Medicare":

"… ederal government works with insurers in the same way to handle claims for Medicare beneficiaries. Gifford also told me he’s in discussions with a number o …"

"… ompanies, to some extent. And he noted that government entities, including Medicare and state governments, are following a similar path. It’s a path that l …"

"… ey Peninsula in California, which earlier this year began offering its own Medicare Advantage plan to serve area seniors through a subsidiary called Aspire. …"

Health insurers turning into who knows what?

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "WellPoint":

"… other business lines that once defined them. As for UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint, few people had even heard of them 25 years ago. But thanks to cash genera …"

"… tates and a leader worldwide in helping people live healthier lives…” WellPoint says it is “working to transform health care with trusted and caring sol …"

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 "Health":

"… lth system,” Dr. Elliott Fisher, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, was quoted as telling The Seattle Times. “ …"

"… Health insurers are quickly diversifying. Just two weeks ago, Modern Healthcare noted that because Health insurers are now required to spend at l …"

"… expect to realize higher returns. The magazine cited as an example UnitedHealth Group’s Optum division, which works in technology and population Health …"

"… th in operating earnings. Meanwhile, in its core insurance business, UnitedHealth saw its 2013 operating margin decline to 6.4 percent, down from 7.6 percen …"

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 "Safety":

"… 2012. The new tranche of data came on the same day that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a final revised rule requiring emp …"

"… aid Mary Vogel, executive director of the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health, a coalition of local and state worker Safety groups. “That …"

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 "Health":

"… millions of dollars to an organization called Californians Against Higher Health Care Costs. If you think the companies’ CEOs opened their personal check …"

"… that are paying for the propaganda campaign. Californians Against Higher Health Care Costs (CAHHCC) is not a grassroots, consumer-led organization as the …"

"… the state: Anthem/WellPoint; Blue Shield of California; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; Health Net; and UnitedHealthcare. Of $37.9 million donated to CAHHC …"

"… nthem/WellPoint; Blue Shield of California; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; Health Net; and UnitedHealthcare. Of $37.9 million donated to CAHHCC as of Augus …"

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 "Chiquita Brands International":

"… ry Collingsworth, who also has taken on companies like Dole Foods Inc. and Chiquita Brands International. One alleges that Drummond is responsible for the deaths of the three Colo …"

Insurers following 'the playbook' in opposing California ballot initiative

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "WellPoint":

"… The Los Angeles Times reported last week that health insurers — led by WellPoint, which owns and operates the state’s eight-million member Anthem Blue Cr …"

"… to an industry campaign aimed at defeating the rate regulation initiative. WellPoint contributed $12.8 million itself, and has been joined by other insurers, i …"

"… ned Sacramento-based Redwood Pacific Public Affairs, whose clients include WellPoint. The firm is headed by Rick Claussen, who is also a partner in the Washing …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pfizer":

"… tions — Ford Motor Co., General Electric Co., ConocoPhillips, drug maker Pfizer and the Dow Chemical Company also among them — are sponsoring the confer …"

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 "Department of Labor":

"… ese miners and 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 …"

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