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Can pesticides ever really be ‘organic’?

beta.cironline.org — As consumers and regulators do soul-searching over how much pesticides mean to the economy and their grocery bills, chemical companies are racing to develop the next big organic pesticide. That's not an oxymoron. There are a lot of misconceptions about what you're getting when you're buying organic foods.

Job brokers exploit Indian tech workers, on taxpayers’ dime

beta.cironline.org — When the U.S. Department of Labor needed a new contractor to upgrade its aging computer systems, it turned to labor broker Saras America. The firm should have sounded familiar. The year before, regulators in another part of the sprawling bureaucracy had threatened to block the company from importing foreign workers because it had shorted the pay of nearly 40 high-tech employees, among other labor violations.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @CIRonline: Tech firms cited for violating visa laws still collected nearly $500M in taxpayer money: ow.ly/Dx7PT pic.twitter.com/jnvf8ahxmn

Oct 29, 2014

RT @CIRonline: Tech firms cited for violating visa laws still collected nearly $500M in taxpayer money: ow.ly/Dx7PT pic.twitter.com/jnvf8ahxmn

Oct 29, 2014

Violate federal labor law? No problem – tech job brokers get new, lucrative federal contract$ anyway – CIR report beta.cironline.org/reports/job-br…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @willCIR: US Dept of Labor gives contract to...company it fined for labor violations bit.ly/1wDFbtY by @jennifergollan @SFMattSmith #muckreads

Oct 29, 2014

Labor department accuses tech company of underpaying workers, then HIRES it for gov't work. beta.cironline.org/reports/job-br…

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Job brokers steal wages, entrap Indian tech workers in US

beta.cironline.org — Labor brokers providing Indian high-tech workers to American companies have hijacked a professional visa program, creating an underground system of financial bondage by stealing wages and benefits, even suing workers who quit. About 840,000 people from around the world work in the United States on temporary visas, intended to help companies seek uniquely talented employees for specific jobs.
Oct 29, 2014

Stolen wages, entrapment & an "ecosystem of fear" for Indian tech workers in the US bit.ly/1zL1liy #SiliconValley #longreads

Oct 28, 2014

Is Georgia firm a "body shop" entrapping foreign tech workers here on H1-B visas? beta.cironline.org/reports/job-br… via @cironline #muckreads

Graphic novel: Techsploitation

beta.cironline.org — This graphic novel tells the true story of an Indian tech worker who has big dreams of a job in the U.S. but finds himself under the thumb of a shady labor broker.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @ZushaElinson: He reports, he writes, he draws. Graphic novel on Techsploitation investigation by Matt Smith beta.cironline.org/reports/graphi…