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  • Judge undercuts Obama on housing discrimination, rebukes Tom Perez

    11/04/2014 11:48:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 3, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge overturned the Obama administration’s “desperation” move to try to find more ways to prove discrimination in housing in a decision Monday that also delivered a searing rebuke to Thomas Perez, a Cabinet official whom liberals are pushing to be the next attorney general. Judge Richard J. Leon ruled that the administration cannot rely on “disparate impact” to judge discrimination, dealing a blow to civil rights groups that said the analytical tool gave them more room to file discrimination cases. Potentially just as important for President Obama’s postelection moves was the rebuke Judge Leon delivered to Mr. Perez,...
  • Are You Disabled? Your Boss Needs to Know

    03/19/2014 8:29:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2014 | LAUREN WEBER
    Nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce will soon have to answer a personal question from the boss: Are you disabled? U.S. regulations going into effect next week require for the first time that federal contractors—a group that includes Boeing Co., Dell Inc. and AT&T Inc., T among some 40,000 others—ask their employees if they have a disability. Those that don't employ a minimum of 7% disabled workers, or can't prove they are taking steps to achieve that goal, could face penalties and, in the most extreme cases, the loss of their contracts, according to a government official. The target...
  • Labor Department tells Arkansas businesswoman she can't have volunteers

    01/09/2014 1:14:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2014 | SEAN HIGGINS
    Ladies and gentlemen, be careful who you volunteer for — you could be doing them a lot more harm than good. The federal government sometimes takes dim view of such generosity. Just ask Rhea Lana Riner. She owns a small Arkansas-based business that organizes consignment sales. Since August, the Labor Department has been threatening her with stiff financial penalties, saying her business practices are illegal. It has even been contacting donors to her events and encouraging them to instigate legal action against her. Why? Well, the department says Riner cannot legally allow the people who provide items for sale to...
  • U.S. Holds “Labor Rights Week” to Protect Mexican Workers

    08/13/2013 9:59:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 13, 2013
    The United States has signed an agreement with Mexico’s government vowing to prevent workplace discrimination against illegal immigrants while educating them about their civil rights and minimum wage laws. It’s a nifty little contract signed this month by the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In a press release the EEOC calls it a “historic outreach agreement” that will solidify the agency’s “continued and longstanding commitment to this underserved community.” Under the deal, American taxpayers will provide Spanish-language materials explaining the laws enforced by the EEOC and the agency will partner...
  • $3 Mil for Obama’s African Youth Empowerment Initiative

    07/23/2013 11:01:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 23, 2013
    With U.S. unemployment rates at historical highs and the nation’s debt a mind-boggling $16.8 trillion, the Obama administration has nevertheless made sure that an African youth empowerment initiative in Uganda gets millions from American taxpayers. The cash is being distributed via the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) even as the nation that should be the agency’s priority finds itself suffering through a painfully high 7.6% unemployment rate. This month the DOL announced that it is dedicating $3 million to help Ugandan youth develop marketable skills to secure decent work and to serve as civic leaders in their respective communities. It’s...
  • Republicans: Nominee's hearing delayed by whistleblower

    04/24/2013 11:02:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2013 | Vicki Needham
    Senate Republicans say Democrats postponed a vote on President Obama's nominee for Labor secretary after they learned that a whistleblower related to a questionable case was invited to testify at a Thursday hearing. Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson, a member of the panel, had asked Frederick Newell to discuss the involvement of Thomas Perez and the Justice Department in the disposition of several housing discrimination cases in St. Paul, Minn. Republicans argue that Newell's testimony could have contradicted statements made by Perez, as head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, at his confirmation hearing last week, an aide told The...
  • Expose and Oppose Obama's Radical Appointees

    03/21/2013 12:59:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 22, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    No matter what progress Republicans may make in electoral politics over the coming years, it will be difficult to roll back the steady march of liberalism that has taken place inside our cultural, bureaucratic and legal institutions — from academia to regulatory agencies to the Department of Justice — but we have to try. A good place to start would be to oppose Obama's radical appointees, the latest being his appointment for secretary of labor, Thomas Perez. Radical liberals are characteristically activists, strategists and organizers. Their plan to infiltrate and dominate academia was hardly spontaneous, and its effects have hardly...
  • Thomas Perez Should Be Blocked

    03/12/2013 9:01:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 12, 2013 | Quin Hillyer
    Panther-case scofflaw merits no cabinet post.If President Obama thinks he can get away with appointing an obvious prevaricator to be Secretary of Labor – and a radical, race-baiting one at that – he has lost all touch with reality. Even a group as confused and fractious as the caucus of Senate Republicans is sure to find the collective backbone to block the (expected) appointment of Thomas Perez. As I described in detail last August, Perez is one of the most loathsome figures in the thoroughly loathsome political ranks of Obama’s Justice Department. He has led the administration’s racial scaremongering against...
  • Sources: Obama poised to pick Thomas Perez for secretary of labor

    03/10/2013 10:18:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 10, 2013 | Jim Kuhnhenn & Sam Hananel - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two people familiar with the process say President Obama is close to naming Thomas E. Perez, a civil rights official in the Justice Department, as his choice to head the Department of Labor. His nomination could come as early as Monday, the people familiar with the process said Saturday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement has not yet been made.
  • U.S. Spends $40 Mil on Foreign Labor Causes in Final Days of 2012

    01/02/2013 12:14:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 2, 2013
    With 12 million Americans out of work the government agency responsible for advancing opportunities for profitable employment has gone on a frantic year-end spending spree, doling out tens of millions of dollars to foreign causes that won’t put a dent in the nation’s unemployment crisis. In the last few weeks of 2012, the Obama Department of Labor (DOL) generously dedicated nearly $40 million to global initiatives unlikely to help workers in this country. The money will go to efforts that strengthen unions and help combat child labor in African, central and South American countries. This includes $10 million to combat...
  • Mud Pies From The Labor Department

    10/18/2012 10:09:14 AM PDT · by trappedincanuckistan · 6 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 10/18/12 | Ralph R. Reiland
    The funny thing about the Labor Department's monthly unemployment report is that the number-crunching bureaucrats act like they're delivering high carat diamonds when the real worth of what they're reporting is closer to the value of a mud pie. First, a college graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering who gets a $90,000 job in his field is counted exactly the same in the government's unemployment report as a biomedical engineering graduate who can't find a job and is working weekends as a bus boy at Applebee's. Or as the PBS Newshour succinctly stated it, "If you only worked one...
  • Are Employers Unfair to Women?

    09/01/2012 5:56:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    During the Republican Convention, Democrats took every available moment of air time to count the women's vote. "Republicans are anti-women," they chanted. And they frequently brought up this oft-repeated nugget: For doing essentially the same jobs, men get paid more than women. That claim is often combined with the complaint that whites get paid more than blacks and non-Hispanics get paid more than Hispanics. But are these assertions true? Let's take the Labor Department finding that women make 77% of what men make. To hear the backers of the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) tell it, this is prima facie...
  • US defense firms could push forward with layoff notices

    08/09/2012 2:01:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 9, 2012 | Carlo Munoz
    Despite administration warnings that notices related to sequestration were unnecessary, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney are continuing their preparations. Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney are going forward with plans to issue layoff notices to thousands of employees due to looming defense cuts under sequestration, despite administration claims that such warnings are unnecessary. U.S. defense companies planned to start handing out pink slips in November under federal mandates outlined in the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, due to the anticipated $500 billion automatic cut to defense coffers are set to go in place in January. But administration...
  • Labor Department backs off plan forcing reporters to use government-issued computers

    06/09/2012 6:57:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 09, 2012 | unattributed
    The Labor Department has backed off a plan to force news agencies to use government-issued computers and other equipment to report on jobless reports and other key economic data, following a GOP-led House hearing this week, according to several published reports. Agency officials have said they want reporters who analyze, then write about economic reports inside their so-called “lock up” room to use U.S. computers, software and Internet lines so the government can further protect against such potential security breaches as hacking. But the plan also resulted in cries about potential free-speech violations and the government now having computer access...
  • Making Reporters Use Government Equipment to Write About Jobs Numbers?

    06/06/2012 7:33:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 6, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    The unilateral, unprecedented move by the Labor Department with this politically critical data has First Amendment proponents up in arms.The deadline is closing in on a Labor Department order requiring news organizations to use government computers and equipment to distribute sensitive economic data — including the politically important and sometimes unsavory monthly jobs report. Until now, reporters have been provided the Labor data shortly before the embargoed release time to analyze and draft their stories from a lock-up room at the department. When it’s release time, the Labor Department flips a switch to let news organizations transmit over secure lines...
  • Non-Union Retirees Shafted in Auto Bailouts Told to Get Jobs

    05/10/2012 2:06:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 10, 2012 | Mark Modica
    One of the most egregious abuses of the Obama Administration's auto bailouts was the blatant favoritism evidenced in the treatment of Delphi (General Motors' parts supplier) retirees. After the Delphi bankruptcy, UAW retirees had their pensions "topped off" by General Motors, apparently with taxpayer money accessed through TARP. While the UAW retirees maintained their pension benefits, non-union, salaried retirees of Delphi lost theirs. There was no logical reason for one group to have their pensions saved while another group lost theirs, just the facts that the distributions were inequitable and the only difference between the groups was that one belonged...
  • Company Fined for Grain Silo Fatalities

    12/09/2011 11:53:55 AM PST · by Miami Vice
    Legal News Line ^ | 12-9-11 | MIchael P. Tremoglie
    - The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that it reached an agreement with the grain company Haasbach resolving 25 citations issued by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agreement follows the fatal accidents of ...
  • Obama's Labor Department Approves Deal Giving Ex-Solyndra Staff $13,000 Each In Federal Aid

    11/22/2011 11:08:17 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 11 replies
    FOX ^ | Nov 22,2011 | swampsniper
    The Labor Department today announced that it had approved Trade Adjustment Assistance for the former employees of the bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra. That means all of the firm’s 1,100 ex-employees are eligible for federal aid packages, including job retraining and income assistance. The department has valued packages at about $13,000 a head.
  • Ex-Solyndra Staff Eligible For TAA Federal Aid; Packages Worth Average $13,000 Each

    11/22/2011 4:16:59 PM PST · by DBCJR · 3 replies
    Capital Hill ^ | Mon., Nov. 21, 2011 5:45 PM ET | By Sean Higgins
    The Labor Department today announced that it had approved Trade Adjustment Assistance for the former employees of the bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra. That means all of the firm’s 1,100 ex-employees are eligible for federal aid packages, including job retraining and income assistance. The department has valued packages at about $13,000 a head. Taxpayers will have to cough up yet another $14.3 million as a result of Solyndra’s bankruptcy. They are already on the hook for $528 million in federal loan guarantees to the company that are unlikely to ever be paid back. The department’s decision also bodes well for...
  • Labor Dept. Signs 'Partnerships' with Foreign Gov’s to Protect Illegal Workers in U.S.

    08/29/2011 3:25:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 29, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) - U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis today signed "partnership" agreements with ambassadors from a group of Latin American nationss aiming to protect what she described as the rights of both legal and illegal migrant workers laboring in the United States.During the signing ceremony hosted at Labor Department headquarters in Washington D.C., Solis said the agreements are aimed at educating migrant workers, regardless of how they got here, about their rights under U.S. law and to help prevent them from being abused in the workplace, either through wages, loss of job, or deportation.When asked by CNSNews.com, she made...
  • Solis Leads Cheers for Wisconsin Public Employee Unions

    03/02/2011 1:35:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 2, 2011 | Carl Horowitz
    Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has taken her gloves off in the ongoing war within the states. And her supporters are aching for more. In a speech before a partisan audience at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. last Saturday, Solis proclaimed solidarity with Wisconsin public-sector unions and their supporters who have all but shut down the state legislature in protest of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposals to curb public spending. Speaking before the closing session of the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, she urged her troops: "The fight is on. We work together. We help those...
  • Labor Department Solicitor Adopts Plan to Bully Employers (Obama thug control)

    12/09/2010 2:57:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 9, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
      When Department of Labor Solicitor M. Patricia "Trisha" Smith testified at a Senate confirmation hearing more than a year and a half ago, her track record as New York State Commissioner of Labor, and her comments about it, prompted leading Republicans to postpone action for several months. Their fears in hindsight appear well-founded. An article appearing in last Friday's Wall Street Journal reported that DOL staff, under Smith's supervision, a couple months earlier had issued a draft "operating plan" to dramatically step up enforcement against private-sector employers likely to have committed unfair labor practices. The details of the...
  • At Department of Labor: Set Your Shredders to Warp Speed

    12/06/2010 12:01:49 PM PST · by NetRight Nation · 25 replies
    NetRight Daily ^ | December 6, 2010 | Adam Bitely
    It is no secret in Washington, D.C. that the Obama administration’s vast bureaucracy is working overtime to prepare for the new Republican controlled House. The reason for this frenzy of preparation is the new oversight power that the House Republicans will have to peer in to what Obama’s cronies are up to behind the curtain. You can probably hear the loudest hum of shredders working double time at the Department of Labor. According to DOL emails, the department is working frantically to be prepared for what might happen in January. On December 14, the political staff at the Department of...
  • Broader U-6 Jobless Rate up to 17.1%: Why the Jump?

    10/08/2010 8:34:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    wsj ^ | October 8, 2010 | Phil Izzo
    The U.S. jobless rate was flat at 9.6% in September, but the government’s broader measure of unemployment rose even more to 17.1%, the highest rate since April and down just slightly from the October 2009 high of 17.4%. The comprehensive gauge of labor underutilization, known as the “U-6″ for its data classification by the Labor Department, accounts for people who have stopped looking for work or who can’t find full-time jobs. The key to the rise in the broader unemployment rate was due to a 612,000 jump in the number of people employed part time but who would prefer full-time...
  • Despite pledge, Reid calls major Senate vote

    02/01/2010 12:30:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 819+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2010 | Joesph Curl
    Despite a promise that he would not "rush" important votes before Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown is seated sometime next week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has scheduled a Monday vote on the contentious nomination of M. Patricia Smith to be solicitor for the Department of Labor. Mrs. Smith, now New York's labor commissioner, has come under fire from conservatives and some business groups for the state's "Wage Watch" program. The project, which started in January 2009, enlisted unions and advocacy groups to visit private businesses, educate employers about labor laws and report potential wage violations to the government....
  • Why won't Obama give you a job? The WH thinks the stimulus is working...

    11/07/2009 5:58:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 552+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2009 | Alec MacGillis
    To hear President Obama tell it, he's been busy creating jobs since taking office. The $787 billion stimulus package, he said last winter, would "save or create 3.5 million jobs." The White House is touting reports from recipients of stimulus funds asserting that they have created or saved 640,000 jobs so far. Yet the national unemployment rate has now hit 10.2 percent, helping explain why Republicans won the governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey last week, just a year after the party's 2008 drubbing. And Obama declared Friday that more action is needed. "History tells us that job growth...
  • US jobless rate hits 10.2% as 190,000 jobs lost

    11/06/2009 8:04:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 707+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/6/09 | Rob Lever
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US unemployment rate jumped to 10.2 percent in October as 190,000 jobs were shed, the government said Friday in data highlighting ongoing struggles of an economy emerging from recession. The Labor Department report, seen as one of the best indicators of economic momentum, showed a rise in the jobless rate, up from 9.8 percent in September, to the highest since 1983. But the number of jobs lost narrowed to the lowest level in over a year. The jobless rate shot above the key 10 percent barrier for the first time since June 1983, even though the...
  • Obama Labor pick clears Senate hurdle--But Enzi set to impose hold

    10/08/2009 12:14:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 364+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2009 | Jim McElhatton
    President Obama's nominee for the top legal job at the Labor Department won a key committee vote Wednesday, but a Republican senator vowed to delay the confirmation on the Senate floor over what he called a "lack of candor" by New York Commissioner of Labor M. Patricia Smith during confirmation hearings. Sen. Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming, ranking Republican of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced he will place a hold on Ms. Smith's nomination after the committee voted 13-10 along party lines to send Ms. Smith's nomination as labor solicitor, the No. 3 post in...
  • U.S. Sept. Payroll Losses Accelerate To 263,000 (unemployement 9.8%)

    10/02/2009 5:40:51 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 198 replies · 5,694+ views
    The U.S. labor market weakened in September as 263,000 payroll jobs were lost and the unemployment rate rose a tenth to a 26-year high of 9.8%, the Labor Department reported. It was the 21st consecutive month of job losses.
  • Unemployment rate to rise, could hit 10 percent

    10/01/2009 10:27:28 PM PDT · by bkopto · 88 replies · 3,601+ views
    AP ^ | October 1, 2009 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    The unemployment rate hasn't topped 10 percent since June 1983, but it could return to that painful level soon — possibly as early as Friday, when the Labor Department issues its monthly jobs report....
  • As Labor Secretary, Finding Influence in Her Past

    07/06/2009 6:42:12 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 473+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Steven Greenhouse
    Hilda L. Solis often recalls some advice her high school guidance counselor gave her mother: “Your daughter is not college material. Maybe she should follow the career of her older sister and become a secretary.” Telling that story recently at the Hunter College commencement in Manhattan, Ms. Solis roared into the microphone that she, the daughter of immigrants, did become a secretary — the nation’s labor secretary. The crowd thundered with applause. ... Like President Obama and Judge Sonia Sotomayor, whose confirmation to the Supreme Court would make her the first Hispanic justice, Ms. Solis, 51, pulled herself up through...
  • Obama De-funding the Union Corruption Busters

    05/11/2009 8:39:26 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 2 replies · 412+ views
    Americans for Limited Government ^ | May 11, 2009 | Don Todd
    The President’s fiscal year 2010 budget for the federal government was unveiled last Thursday and surprisingly he found one agency that he thinks deserves a 9% budget cut. This agency is the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) in the U.S. Department of Labor. Obama proposed to cut its budget from $45 million in fiscal year 2009 to $41 million in fiscal year 2010. OLMS is the federal agency that investigates financial crimes that occur when union officials steal from their union. OLMS also investigates cases where union officials engage in fraud and other corrupt practices in conducting union officer elections....
  • Union and ACORN Wage Inspectors Coming to a Corner Near You

    05/07/2009 1:16:35 PM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 1 replies · 293+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | May 7, 2009 | Nathan Paul Mehrens
    As ALG News previously reported, President Obama's payoff to Big Labor for their valuable campaign support started immediately after we was sworn in. First Obama signed several union friendly executive orders that among other things deprived union members of previously mandated information about their rights. Next his Labor Department began work to gut financial and conflicts of interest disclosures required from unions and their officers. Now the controversial enforcement practices in the current work of two of his nominees to run the Department raise serious questions as to whether they should be confirmed to their respective positions. These two nominees...
  • Labor of Love

    04/28/2009 5:36:42 PM PDT · by americanophile · 158+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 27, 2009 | Bret Baier
    Some reporters are questioning the White House commitment to transparency. The Washington Times reports the administration is giving up on transparency by the labor unions. The labor Department is allowing union officials to skirt conflict of interest reporting rules. It said bringing enforcement actions against union leaders who violate the law, "would not be a good use of resources."
  • Labor disappointed by Obama economic policy team

    11/25/2008 5:30:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1,106+ views
    The markets rose on the news of President-elect Barack Obama's economic policy team Monday, but some labor spirits fell. Obama's team of Treasury secretary and four top economic advisers, introduced as the hands that will steer America's economy, had no particular ties to the labor movement. And Obama's secretary of labor was not introduced as part of that team — a suggestion that that post will retain its second-tier status and quiet voice in matters central to economic policy. "I wish that (the secretary of labor) would have been among them," former Michigan Rep. David Bonior, a labor stalwart and...
  • CA: U.S. Labor Department seeks ouster of L.A. union officers (SEIU May election violated laws)

    10/21/2008 9:16:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 247+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/21/08 | Paul Pringle
    The U.S. Labor Department has asked a federal court to overturn the election of all officers at a troubled Los Angeles union local, alleging that the organization made it too difficult for challengers to qualify for the ballot. In a civil complaint against the Service Employees International Union's largest California chapter, the department contends that the March election of local President Tyrone Freeman and his slate of officers violated labor laws. Freeman is the target of a separate criminal investigation into the local's spending practices. The election complaint notes that the local required candidates to collect more than 4,800 nomination...
  • Union trusts must provide financial data (new Labor Dept. rules to root out corruption (SEIU))

    09/30/2008 9:01:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 231+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/30/08 | Paul Pringle
    Labor union trusts that provide a variety of benefits for workers must disclose detailed financial information under new federal rules designed to root out corruption, officials said Monday. In announcing the requirement, the U.S. Labor Department cited several cases in recent years of union officers stealing from trusts established for retirement funds, job training and disaster relief. It was not immediately clear how the rules might apply to a Service Employees International Union local in Los Angeles, whose spending practices are the subject of a criminal investigation. The United Long-Term Care Workers has a related health trust and worker-training charity...
  • Belabor the Point

    07/16/2007 9:34:51 PM PDT · by gpapa · 3 replies · 486+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | July 17, 2007 | John Fund
    The new Democratic Congress has finally found a government agency whose budget It wants to cut: an obscure Labor Department office that monitors the compliance of unions with federal law. In the past six years, the Office of Labor Management Standards, or OLMS, has helped secure the convictions of 775 corrupt union officials and court-ordered restitution to union members of over $70 million in dues. The House is set to vote Thursday on a proposal to chop 20% from the OLMS budget. Every other Labor Department enforcement agency is due for a budget increase, and overall the Congress has added...
  • The Worker Rally (U.S. employment gains better than previously thought)

    10/09/2006 10:58:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 911+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 9, 2006 | Wall Street Journal
    The Labor Department released its September jobs report on Friday, and some wags are calling it the "whoops" report. The "whoops" is a reference to the upward revision of 810,000 previously undetected jobs that Labor now says were created in the U.S. economy in the 12 months through March 2006. So instead of 5.8 million new jobs over the past three years, the U.S. economy has created 6.6 million. That's a lot more than a rounding error, more than the number of workers in the entire state of New Hampshire. What's going on here? Our hypothesis has been that, due...
  • Unemployment Down (4.7%)

    09/01/2006 5:34:57 AM PDT · by Lunatic Fringe · 207 replies · 3,531+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) The Labor Department says employers added 128,000 jobs in August, pushing the national unemployment rate down a notch to 4.7 percent.
  • UNION DISCLOSURES

    02/21/2006 3:38:19 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies · 619+ views
    Townhall. ^ | Feb 18, 2006 | Robert Novak
    Early reports show the AFL-CIO spent $49 million (27 percent of its total annual budget) on political and lobbying activities but only $30 million (or 16.5 percent) to represent its members. That gap contributed to the breakaway from the AFL-CIO of the Teamsters, the Service Employees and other unions.
  • Home building sets record in 2005

    01/20/2006 2:07:32 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 459+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | January 20, 2006 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    Last year was a record for the nation's home building industry . The Commerce Department reported Thursday that construction of single-family homes and apartments totaled 2.065 million units last year. The increase of 5.6 percent over 2004 pushed overall residential construction to the second highest level on record, exceeded only by 2.357 million units built in 1972. Meanwhile, single-family home construction hit an all-time high for the third straight year, rising to 1.714 million units, up 6.4 percent from the previous record of 1.611 million homes built in 2004. The record-setting performance came despite the fact that housing activity dropped...
  • Wholesale Inflation, Retail Sales Climb

    01/13/2006 6:53:36 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 415+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    The Labor Department reported that its Producer Price Index, which measures price pressures before they reach the consumer, rose 0.9 percent in December, the biggest increase since a 1.7 percent jump in September. For all of 2005, wholesale prices rose by 5.4 percent. That was the biggest increase since a 5.7 percent increase in 1990... However, core inflation, excluding energy and food, was up a more moderate 1.7 percent in 2005... Retail sales posted a weaker-than-expected 0.7 percent increase in December, the Commerce Department reported, after rising by 0.8 percent in November. "Retailers continue to report good sales momentum in...
  • U.S. to settle NAFTA claims

    01/05/2006 6:43:52 PM PST · by Trajan88 · 2 replies · 246+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 01/05/2006 | Katherine Yung
    Spanish-speaking manufacturing workers who lose their jobs because of trade agreements could soon benefit from improved job-retraining programs. That's the outcome of a settlement announced Wednesday by the Labor Department and the Association of Border Workers in El Paso. The Labor Department agreed to pay $6.5 million to retrain hundreds of workers in El Paso who didn't receive vocational training after losing their jobs because of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • Mexican, U.S. labor officials vow to protect rights of immigrant workers - legal or not

    11/07/2005 6:31:18 PM PST · by sheana · 49 replies · 725+ views
    Tallahasee Democrat ^ | Nov. 07, 2005 | GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO
    ATLANTA - Officials with the U.S. Department of Labor and Mexico's Foreign Ministry pledged Monday to protect the rights - especially fair pay and safe working conditions - of immigrant workers, whether they are in the United States legally or not. "It's not the policy of the Department of Labor to penalize and expose workers," said Peter Accolla of the department's Office of Trade Agreement Implementation. "We want to protect them regardless their status." Accolla joined Bosco Marti, Mexico's Foreign Relations Department's point man on North American affairs, and Mexican consuls from across the United States to review progress made...
  • Claims From Iraq Work Could Cost Millions

    06/16/2004 11:20:46 AM PDT · by TexKat · 3 replies · 193+ views
    AP ^ | 6/16/04 | LEIGH STROPE
    WASHINGTON - The mounting deaths and injuries to civilian contractors in Iraq could cost the federal government millions of dollars for hundreds of workers' compensation claims. Federal law requires all U.S. government contractors and subcontractors to obtain workers' compensation insurance for civilian employees who work overseas. If an injury or death claim is related to a "war-risk hazard," the War Hazards Compensation Act provides for government reimbursement to insurance carriers. Nearly half the 771 injury claims filed by U.S. contractors so far this year occurred in Iraq — 345. Of the 66 deaths reported as of last week, all but...
  • New Union Finance Rules Delayed Until July

    01/23/2004 2:33:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 96+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2004 | Carol D. Leonnig
    New Union Finance Rules Delayed Until July Friday, January 23, 2004; Page A08 The Labor Department must wait until July -- six months later than it planned -- to impose new rules that require unions to provide more extensive reporting on their finances, a federal judge ruled yesterday. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler agreed with the AFL-CIO that its member unions and others deserved more than two months' notice to comply with the new rules, but she found that Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao had not been arbitrary or capricious in adopting the new standards.
  • U.S. Insurer of Pensions Says Its Deficit Has Soared

    01/17/2004 5:18:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 206+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 16, 2004 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    The federal agency that insures pension plans said yesterday that its deficit had grown from $3.6 billion to $11.2 billion in just a year and that it would try to deal with the escalating problem by overhauling its own investments, among other measures. The agency, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, said that two consecutive years of record failures by corporate pension plans and continuing adverse market conditions left it with a shortfall much greater than a year earlier, which had been the previous low point in the agency's 30-year history. People briefed on the new investment plan say the agency...
  • AP Exclusive: Labor Dept. offers employers tips to avoid overtime pay

    01/05/2004 11:50:13 PM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 8 replies · 268+ views
    SFGate ^ | Monday, January 5, 2004 | LEIGH STROPE
    <p>The Labor Department is giving employers tips on how to avoid paying overtime to some of the 1.3 million low-income workers who would become eligible under new rules expected to be finalized early this year.</p> <p>The department's advice comes even as it touts the $895 million in increased wages that it says those workers would be guaranteed from the reforms.</p>
  • Judge Delays Reporting By Unions

    01/01/2004 6:19:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 143+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2004 | Carol D. Leonnig
    A federal judge in Washington issued a one-year injunction yesterday stopping the Labor Department from requiring labor unions to submit vastly expanded new financial reports -- a rule that would have gone into effect today. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said the Labor Department sprung a complicated and expensive reporting requirement on nearly 5,000 unions in October, two months before they would have to begin complying. She said meeting the new rule would cause unions "irreparable harm." Kessler also ruled that there would be no discernible harm to the public interest in keeping existing reporting rules, "especially when that status...