IRE Radio Podcast | A Workforce at Risk

When you think about temp work, short-term office jobs are likely to come to mind. But across North America, all of that is changing. These days, factories and other industrial companies are using temporary laborers to fill jobs that used to go to employees. The combination of low pay, minimal training and reduced liability has…

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Apply now for agribusiness reporting workshop

Navajo boys plow a corn field on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico, date unknown. Photo from the National Archives and Records Administration. IRE and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting are seeking applicants for an all-expenses paid workshop on how to cover agribusiness in the Midwest. The workshop, held from May 30 to June…

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Investigating the Workforce

Unions and pensions may sound like daunting subjects to cover, but Tom McGinty of The Wall Street Journal and MaryJo Webster of the St. Paul Pioneer Press lay out compelling reasons to get past that impression, and helpful tools to get you there. McGinty (who stresses he is not a labor reporter, but learned a…

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Seeking communications between the White House and Department of Labor

Transparency Watch is an occasional series from IRE tracking the fight for open records. If you have a story about a quest for public records you’d like to share, email us at [email protected] This past summer, I reported for The Oregonian on the issue of child labor on farms, specifically the health and safety risks of such work and…

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Changes, updates to the schedule, Saturday edition

Don’t forget to attend the closing reception, Saturday, at 7 p.m. on the 4th floor. Thanks to Boston University College of Communication for cosponsoring this event.  Schedule for Book Signings Saturday, 9:30 a.m.,  Michael Grabell  “Money Well Spent? The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, The Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History” Saturday, 9:30 a.m.,  Josh…

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