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After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, States Reconsider Domestic Partner Benefits

Domestic partner benefits might be going the way of the dodo.

September 14, 2015

On Docks, Workers Still Have Power

For longshoremen, union clout nets high pay, strong pensions, and free health care.

March 3, 2015

Supreme Court Knocks Down Promised Health Benefits For Union Retirees

Corporate America just scored a big win at the Supreme Court.

January 26, 2015

Unemployment Insurance Is Not Reaching Those Who Need It

The percentage of unemployed workers receiving unemployment insurance (UI) has reached its lowest point since 1987, according to the Economic Policy Institute. During the Great Recession, which technically ended in 2009, unemployment spiked. As the EPI reports, “the UI recipiency rate reached about two-thirds of all unemployed workers” during this time. The number of people receiving […]

September 29, 2014

Washington State Man Seeks His Gay Partner’s Federal Benefits

By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — The ceremony was meticulously planned, befitting a wedding where one of the grooms is a self-professed Virgo with obsessive-compulsive leanings. A roving Austin Powers impersonator posed for photos with guests as a pair of dolphin ice sculptures glistened. A singer, dressed as Adam Sandler from the […]

August 27, 2014

Congress Boosts Funding As Investigation Of VA Widens

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Stepping up Congress’ efforts to root out misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, lawmakers Thursday moved to boost funding for a nationwide investigation into whether VA employees covered up long waits for medical care and authorize subpoenas of VA officials to produce records and appear at a […]

May 22, 2014

U.S. Study Finds Benefits, Risks Of Mass Data Collection

By Kathleen Hennessey and Robert Faturechi, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A new White House report on mass collection of data concludes it is “saving lives” but calls for more privacy safeguards to secure personal information from being leaked, shared without permission or used to discriminate. The report, issued Thursday, is the result of a three-month […]

May 2, 2014

Senate Advances Unemployment Benefits Bill, But House GOP Balks

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A bipartisan agreement to restore unemployment insurance benefits for more than 2.2 million jobless Americans cleared a key Senate hurdle Thursday, but faces continued opposition from Republicans in the House, making final passage uncertain. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-OH), has called the Senate plan — which overcame […]

March 27, 2014

Farm Bill Compromise Cuts Food Stamps For 850,000 Families

Congressional negotiators announced on Monday that they’d reached a deal on a farm bill that saves $24 billion over the next decade and includes an $8 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – the program responsible for providing food stamps to millions of Americans nationwide. “Today’s bipartisan agreement puts us on the verge […]

January 28, 2014

Columnist Is Right — Most People Do Not Pay Taxes On Their Social Security

Q: In a recent column, you wrote, ‘The vast majority of Social Security recipients do not pay taxes on their monthly benefits.’ That is a lie. I know for a fact that just the opposite is true. The vast majority of people pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. My parents pay taxes on their […]

September 28, 2011