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  • Unsafe at Any Level

    When news broke of the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan, much of the nation, its political leaders and journalists turned their focus toward this blue collar city an hour’s drive north of Detroit. Reuters journalists M.B. Pell and Joshua Schneyer turned their attention toward the next Flint, searching for communities facing environmental perils that had not yet come to light.
  • Paid to Prosecute

    A joint Texas Tribune/Austin American-Statesman investigation revealed that the state's largest and oldest provider of workers’ compensation coverage — Texas Mutual Insurance — had paid millions of dollars to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office to get public prosecutors to pursue alleged crimes against the company. It was an enormous conflict of interest that had flown under the radar for more than a decade, a private justice system that gave special treatment to one insurer — and subjected many unsuspecting blue-collar workers to lawsuits.
  • Temporary Workers, Permanent Insecurity

    The investigation into the issue of workplace safety of temporary workers emerged as a joint investigation between ProPublica and Univision News' investigative unit. Univision's investigative unit then continued investigating and exposed different cases of injured temp workers, including the death of a temp worker in a sugar plant. Blue-collar temp work is the fastest-growing and more dangerous segment of the U.S. labor market. Since the 2008 recession, companies have increasingly turned to temporary employees to work in factories and warehouses and on construction sites. In some states, temp workers are six times as likely to be injured than permanent employees doing similar jobs.
  • Union Jacked: How DC 37 Became America's Most Indicted Municipal Union and The Big Fix: How the Union's Bosses Rule by Fraud and Intimidation

    This two-part investigation into a prominent New York City Union revealed persistent examples of fraud and abuse - ranging from Mafia connections to election rigging and voter fraud - in spite of the presence of a trustee appointed to monitor the union's activities.