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    :: Saturday, November 19, 2005 ::

    Union site lists companies it says export jobs, violate rights - By DANIEL LOVERING, AP, Centre Daily Times, PA
    PITTSBURGH - An affiliate of the AFL-CIO on Thursday launched an online database of government records and information about U.S. companies it says export jobs and violate workers' rights.

    The Job Tracker site, which also lists some CEO salaries and federal health and safety violations, is an effort to help employees demand greater accountability of corporations, said Karen Nussbaum, executive director of the affiliate, Working America. An earlier version of the site with only job export data was introduced last year.

    'The Tracker gives people an opportunity to hold companies more accountable,' she said. 'It allows us to understand what our corporate neighbors are doing. So far, this information has been hidden virtually.'

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    Corporate America Beware: AFL-CIO Creates Key To Who's Been Naughty and Who's Been Nice - By Jordan Barab, Confined Space
    But enough talk, time to take her out for a test spin. We'll feed in my zip code, 20912 ... and seconds later I find that within 100 miles of my home are 17 companies that have been exporting jobs, 15 companies that have been laying off workers, 13 companies that have violated federal labor laws and 94 companies with safety and health violations.

    OK, narrowing it down to the service sector, I find General Dynamics Robotic Systems in Westminster, Maryland which killed a worker in 2004 and received a $2,375 penalty. Bad.

    And, in case you're interested, the CEO of the company, Nicholas D. Chabraja, 'raked in $7,145,081 in total compensation including stock option grants from General Dynamics' in 2004, in addition to 'another $17,807,840 in unexercised stock options from previous years.'

    'Awesome,' as my kids would say.
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