Labor Resources on the Internet From: Sam Lanfranco
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (richard rose) I am a student at the American University and I'm currently developing a guide to internet resources pertaining to labor. The list is intended for labor reporters but, hopefully, others will find it useful. I would like to know if anyone out there can suggest sources that should be added. I've included the current version of the list. Please keep in mind that it is a work in progress. Some sources that I'm aware of have not yet been added. (Embarrassingly enough, this listserv has still not been added.) Feel free to further distribute the list as long as you mention that it isn't finished. Any and all comments are welcome. I apologize for the formatting, the list is being compiled in WordPerfect on a Next. In fact, I would appreciate any ideas on a format for the final document distribution. I hope people will find this useful. Thanks, Rich Rose. ======================================================================= Internet Resources for Labor Reporting General Resources Newsgroups bit.listserv.buslib-1. This is a great place to keep up with new information sources and problem solving techniques. Also useful for checking in with what the business librarians are doing, where they're having problems and how they're solving them. Gophers econwpa.wustl.edu/labor and demography This is a good spot to find e-mail addresses for well-known economists, but many subdirectories are empty. Legislation Telnet GAO Daybook (telnet cap.gwu.edu.) (Login: guest / Password:visitor) PATH: main menu/government center/federal government/legislative branch information/General Accounting Office This is an excellent spot to see what Congress is considering in a wide variety of subdirectories that will follow. Over a given week the GAO daybook included reports on childcare providers, the federal Employee compensation act, EEOC expanding its workload in age discrimination cases and a look at disability benefits for alcoholics. Gopher Budget of the United States (wiretap.spies.comm/U.S. Government Today/ Budget of the United States 1994.) This is a good source for seeing what the Clinton administration is proposing Congress enact by way of new legislative programs and funding of new and old programs. Start with the table of contents to the budget to see where the laborprograms lie. Note: This is huge so be sure you have the space and the time for the download and be patient; it will take a while. Job Safety Telnet Fed World (telnet Fedworld.gov). One of the best features of this bulletin board is its gateway into bulletin boards for specific agencies. The Labor Department Gateway is especially good and easy to search. For job safety check out the Occupational Health and brown lung disease, asbestos and work place health violations areas. FTP The Bureau of Labor Statistics (ftp stats.bls.gov) The best files here can be found in (pub/news.release). News releases beginning OSH give annual figures for occupational injuries and illnesses. Also check under Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (cfoi). Nexis The Federal Register Each branch of the Labor Department including OSHA and NIOSH has its own set of regulations. Proposed changes to these regulations are regularly posted in the Federal Register. To ensure you are working with the latest information, you should always check the List of Sections Affected pamphlet, and the Federal Register. The Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register are also on Lexis and Westlaw. This is sometimes a good strategy to use if you are unsure if something exists in the CFR, because of the poor quality of any available index for the CFR. Unemployment Unemployment Statistics Telnet: infopath.ucsd.edu The subdirectory news & services, offers a good way to locate wire service articles on this subject. For example, we found an AP article on a New York State University study which helped analyze Labor Department statistics. The study said that 22 states had little job loss during the recession despite severe job losses in New York, New England and California. Fed World (tel Fedworld.gov). Check out the DOL Bulletin Board where the Bureau of Labor statistics files its press releases. Gophers: Economic Bulletin Board (una.hh.lib.umich.edu/EBB) Check the labor force, employment and earnings for labor statistics in the labor.bea. file. The figures here are useful because employment and earnings statistics are broken down by race, age and industrial sector. FTP Bureau of Labor Statistics (stats.bls.gov) In the pub/news.release subdirectory you find annual mass layoffs (anml); also State Employment & Metropolitan Area Unemployment releases under LAUS2 and annual State and Regional Unemployment under SRGUNE. Unemployment by Industrial Sector Gopher econwpa.wustl.edu /labor and demography/industrial outlook (check address) This is a commerce department document which details dozens of business sectors and explains the changes in 1994 going on in that sector. Unemployment and Downsizing FTP Dartcms1.Dartmouth.Edu check address In this file you will find subdirectories on government downsizing by agency in addition to legislation calling for the downsizing. Unions FTP Bureau of Labor Statistics (stats.bls.gov) Look for annual Union Membership (UNIONS2) in the news.release subdirectory. Compensation Need Addresses The following issues: annual earnings of workers and their families(WKYENG); Real Earnings (REALER); Employee Benefit Survey (EBS). Education Profiles of Worker Education Levels FTP Bureau of Labor Statistics (stats.bls.gov) In the news release subdirectory you can find releases and studies of High School Graduates Enrolled in Colleges (HSGEC). Retraining Workers We need to retrieve a copy of Clinton's federal budget and use word strings to retrieve Clinton's job training proposals. Political Activities (Need Address) The Federal Election Commission has an on line service to show labor union Political Action Committee contributions. This service is great for finding out which labor PAC's are richest, which candidates they support, and which incumbents, if any, are they committed to defeating. Health Disabilities FTP Disabled Veterans Info (Dartcms1.Dartmouth.edu) check address DISAVET.TXT, called Disabled Veterans Information, HCPD>TXT, a sample letter for disabled persons, and 9CFR1630.TXT, the complete law for Americans with Disabilities, and DISAVET.TXT, disabled veterans information. Bureau of Labor Statistics (stats.bls.gov) In the news release subdirectory you can find releases covering annual Health Care Expenditures (HCE). Gopher Americans with Disabilities Act (wiretap. spies.com/Government Docs/Americans with Disabilities Act) This is a good place to go for a copy of the legislation dealing with this issue. Part Time Workers FTP Bureau of Labor Statistics (stats.bls.gov) In the new.release subdirectory filed under YOUTH we found a study analyzing Summer Youth Labor Force Labor Law FTP Bureau of Labor Statistics (stats.bls.gov) in the news release subdirectory you can find releases and studies on Major Collective Bargaining Settlements under BARG. Gopher una.hh.lib.umich.edu/ebb/employment/cbar-tab.bls and /cbar.bls This is a way to check on major collective bargaining settlements, along with average wage and compensation tables. Telnet Washlaw (telnet acc.wuacc.edu 23) Campus and Other Information Systems (National and Locao)/LAWNET/Pathfinders/FederalLabor and Law. Logon:Washlaw. Thanks to Ken Kozlowski's pathfinder at WASHLAW for some excellent ideas about how to cover labor law.-- To read Kozlowski's explanation's, telnet acc.wuacc.edu 23 and log on as WASHLAW/ Campus and Other Information Systems/ National and Local/LAWNET/Pathfinders/Federal Labor and Law. Also, many of the ideas that follow, especially searching Nexis/Lexis,and the Cleveland Law library are his. Washlaw (acc.wuacc.edu 23) and log in as WASHLAW to access the Cleveland Law where you can find BNA Labor Relations Reporter KF 3302 .L34 and CCH Labor Law Reporter KF 3315 .L3. (I have to test this idea) CCH directs you to its Labor Cases or NLRB Decisions while BNA steers you to Labor Relations Reference Manual, Fair Employment Practice Cases, Individual Employment Rights Cases or Wage and Hour Cases. Government Printing Office We need to come back and get the address to use this sources to find pertinent sections of the U.S. Code and Code of Federal Regulations, administrative and judicial decisions concerning labor law. Fed World Use the gateway menu to access the District Court of Appeals bulletin board to look for current labor cases. NEXIS/LEXIS Before using the computer to search for specific court cases, use Nexis. The laws are on-line through Lexis and Westlaw and for quicker results, it allows you to know exactly what you are looking for before getting involved with searching statutes on the computer. According to Ken Kozlowski's pathfinder the following agencies' decisions are on both Lexis and Westlaw. Check a database contents guide for coverage dates: WESTLAW: Employee Compensation Appeals Board Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Federal Labor Relations Authority Federal Services Impasses Panel Merit Systems Protection Board NLRB NLRB General Counsel Memoranda LEXIS: NLRB NLRB General Counsel Memoranda Black Lung Decisions EEOC National Mediation Board Federal Labor Relations Authority Merit Systems Protection Board Federal Services Impasses Panel Work and Family Gopher info.umd.edu (Educational Resources/Women's Studies/Gender Issues/Womenin the Workforce/ Work and Family Needs) This directory contains a report, issued in November of 1991, that reviews selected employee benefits which can help civilian Federal workers balance their work responsibilities and personal needs. It covers such areas as child care, elder care, alternative schedules and flexiplace among others. Good one time research, but it's not very current. Same site has wealth of papers on "women's issues" such as the Glass Ceiling, Sexual Harassment, Sex Discrimination. Many lists of other text resources. Telnet PENpages: (Telnet psupen.psu.edu / username:Penpages) At this telnet site you can find the full text of thousands of documents about aging, child-care, equality, and lots of elder care issues. Keyword searches are easy to conduct.. An excellent keyword is MAPP - Gets all the juicy employment, elder-care and multi cultural papers. Careful, though, it will bring up thousands of articles.The articles are somewhat PA and farm centric. Much of the current information seems to come from a government document: the "Multicultural Resource Guide." Listservs FLEXWORK@PSUHMC This Listserv focuses on flexible work situations such as job sharing, tellecommuting and other human resources threads. Subscribe: (Bitnet) LISTSERV@PSUHMC HRD-L@Mizzou1 Another good Human Resources Listserv Subscribe: (Bitnet) LISTSERV@MIZZOU1.Bitnet HRIS-L@UALTAVM Still more HR info Subscribe LISTSERV@UALTAVM.bitnet Foreign Competition Newsgroups Clari.news.labor We located an article about an independent union representing employees of Armco Steel Co's Middletown plant which formed a partnership with the United Steelworkers. Armco Steel, according to the article, is jointly owned by Armco Inc. of Pittsburgh and Japan's Kawasaki Steel Corp. This is a good eg. of cooperation. FTP Bureau of Labor Statistics (stats.bls.gov) In the news.release subdirectory you can find releases and studies. This is a great place to check for the latest government actions, studies and statistics on specific areas. See articles with the FOMEE heading for an excellent report on Foreign-owned Manufacturing Establishments in the USA. Technology in the Workplace Gopher Online Career Center (gopher.msen.com) This is a good site to show how companies are using computers to try to hire people. Forty U.S. corporations have formed a non-profit employer association to recruit individuals.