The asbestos fibers filling Fred Rorabaugh’s lungs are killing him. A transplant could buy him some extra time. But he can’t get past the bureaucracy to get on the list.Though UC San Diego Health’s transplant team declared him a good transplant candidate in October, the 67-year-old former federal worker still hasn’t seen his name added to the transplant list because he still has not received formal approval from the U.S. Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Despite months of letters, phone calls and out-and-out pleading, the university and the government agency have not completed the array of tests necessary for his case to move forward, and experts say his experience is emblematic of problems that have become all too common for federal workers injured while working for the federal government.Meanwhile, the Oceanside resident’s condition continues to worsen. Last week, doctors admitted him to UC San Diego Jacob’s Medical Center in La … [Read more...] about Time running out as Oceanside man struggles to get lung transplant approval
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Scott Rodd Stateline.org Published 12:04 AM EDT Mar 25, 2019 Sacramento, Calif. It started with installing some red and green LED lights. Then came the disco balls, neon eyeglasses and a gold Bluetooth karaoke microphone. Daniel Flannery had transformed the car he drives for Uber and Lyft into a party on wheels. “You put everything together, and it encourages people to loosen up,” he said. “Sometimes, I have people call me up and say, ‘We don’t want to go anywhere – we just want to drive around and sing.’” Flannery, who drives to supplement his retirement income, said he loves the freedom that comes with it – setting his own schedule and adding his own flair to what he dubs his “Swag Rides.” Much of that freedom comes from being classified as an independent contractor. But a 2018 California Supreme Court decision could change the nature of working in the gig economy while providing a model for other states. The … [Read more...] about Gig economy workers gain security, but at what cost?
By Boston Herald Wire Services | PUBLISHED: January 10, 2019 at 3:39 pm | UPDATED: January 10, 2019 at 3:40 pm Payday will come Friday without any checks for about 800,000 federal employees affected by the government shutdown, forcing workers to scale back spending, cancel trips, apply for unemployment benefits and take out loans to stay afloat. The shutdown, which enters its 21st day Friday, will be the longest in history by this weekend and is forcing many American families to make tough decisions. It’s especially hard for workers who don’t have enough savings to cover their mortgages and other bills. A food pantry has opened up at a Coast Guard base in Boston. Around the country, some workers are relying on donations, including launching GoFundMe campaigns.Some workers are thinking about taking second jobs. Roughly 420,000 federal employees were deemed essential and are working unpaid. An additional 380,000 are staying home without pay. While furloughed federal workers … [Read more...] about Payday without pay looms for federal workers as shutdown drags on
Brady Mccombs and Juliet Linderman Associated Press Published 3:32 PM EST Jan 10, 2019 Ogden, Utah – Payday will come Friday without any checks for about 800,000 federal employees affected by the government shutdown, forcing workers to scale back spending, cancel trips, apply for unemployment benefits and take out loans to stay afloat. IRS employee Krystle Kirkpatrick and her family, including her two children, ages 6 and 12, aren’t eating out, buying brand-name foods or getting drinks at the gas station. Her husband is working overtime in his job as a machinist to try to make up for her lost paycheck. Her mortgage company informed her it won’t let her skip a payment, and she still has to pay daycare even though her children aren’t going or she will lose their spot to another family on the waiting list. She has applied for unemployment but doesn’t know when the benefits will begin arriving. “It’s a very scary feeling to know that your … [Read more...] about Payday without pay hits federal workers during shutdown
A 64-year-old former USPS driver who received more than $160,000 in disability benefits was arrested on federal charges after he was caught on video working at flea markets in Brooklyn and Manhattan carrying heavy objects -- a contrast to his claims of neck and back pain, officials said. Joseph Penatello is expected to be arraigned in Brooklyn federal court Friday; he was taken into custody earlier in the day on charges of making false statements to obtained government employees' compensation. According to the complaint unsealed Friday, Penatello began receiving workers' compensation benefits in 2001, after he hurt his neck and back on the job for USPS. The circumstances surrounding the injuries wasn't immediately clear, but in order to keep getting those benefits, prosecutors say he submitted documents to the Department of Labor between March 2014 and April 2018 claiming he was totally disabled and unable to work due to his compensation. That was wholly untrue, … [Read more...] about ‘Totally Disabled’ Ex-Postal Worker Who Got $160,000 Told Undercover He Runs Flea Markets Up to 60 Hours a Week: Complaint