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Specialized Searches
Looking for hard to find information on the internet? Much of the content on the internet is hidden from traditional search engines because it's contained in specialized databases. We've listed some of tools you can use to find this information on our Directories and Search engines links page ...

Employer Information

Annual Report Gallery
Contains links to annual reports and company home pages for more than 2,200 publicly traded companies.

CorporateInformation
A large annotated list of sites for finding corporate information. Links provided by country; U.S. categories include: public and private companies; regional; and sector-specific sites. Go to "US Private" for researching private companies and a good listing of additional sites. Maintained by George Matthew Regnery.

EDGAR
EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering Analysis And Retrieval) is a service of the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), which was founded in the early thirties (after the Wall Street crash of '29) to make public companies provide verified information about themselves. This information is provided in the form of filings made to the SEC — EDGAR is an electronic database containing those filings. Great source for information on government filings by public companies; available within 24 hours (10-K and other reports). Go directly to EDGAR at SEC.

EDGAR at FreeEDGAR
"FreeEDGAR ... provides free, unlimited access to real-time corporate data filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission." Free service now requires registration. Enhanced service ("EDGAR Pro") requires a paid subscription.

Executive Paywatch
From the AFL-CIO: "Most of us are working longer and harder just to get by. Not so for America's corporate elite, whose exorbitant pay schemes have created unprecedented inequities in the American workplace. Why is CEO pay getting further and further out of line? How does it affect the rest of us who work for a living? And what can be done to rein it in? Click on to find the answers." And ... you can! How much does your CEO make ... and how does it compare to your own paycheck? Find out this and more about runaway CEO pay!

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Need info on a bank? If it belongs to the FDIC, you'll find on-line summary reports including detailed balance sheet info and other relevant data.

Financial Data Finder
Literally hundreds of links to financial and corporate data on the web. From Ohio State University.

GSI Public Company Websites
Registration now required. Some services are free with registration. Find Public Company Web Sites: "GSI Online [Global Securities Information, Inc] makes this index available to provide Internet users with central easy access to information provided by public companies. ...This list will be updated periodically to include additional publicly held company World Wide Web sites as we become aware of them."

GuideStar
Intended as a web site for donor's ("The Donor's Guide to the Non-Profit Universe"), here is where you can find "information on the programs and finances of more than 600,000 American charities and nonprofit organizations." Search returns: contact and financial information (from the organization's 990) and its Employer Identification Number (EIN).

Hoovers Online
Bills itself as "The Ultimate Source for Company Information." Covers about 2,500 companies. Free search services provide: brief description; address; phone and fax numbers; number of employees; links to SEC filings, stock quotes and media stories; home page (if any); annual sales; names of executive and financial officers. Subscribers ($104/yr; $12.95/mo) get company history; info on subsidiaries, and, in general, more in-depth info.

InvestQuest
Information on over 10,000 public companies; search by: ticker symbol, company name, industries; proxy forms; and current stock quotes. Also includes a limited number of corporate annual reports and prospectuses.

Karnak Library
You'll need to register to use this metasearch tool -- but it's unlike any other that we've come across. "Karnak helps you structure your research (query) then scours the Web, digging deeper than mundane search engines. The best information is added to your personal library, which you can access from any Internet-capable computer. It even checks for dead and stale links before providing your results. Karnak regularly updates you on the status of your research by email." For in-depth and on-going research, this may be the tool to try!

Kompass
Locate businesses and products worldwide. They claim: "1.5 million companies in 66 countries ... 23 million products and services ... 2.7 million executives' names ... 400,000 trade and brand names." Basic address searches are free; subscribers get revenue information and additional data.

Nasdaq Newsroom
"The Nasdaq NewsroomSM provides comprehensive and timely information to ... anyone interested in learning more about The Nasdaq Stock Market. This site contains the latest Nasdaq press releases, statistics ... hourly market reports, this week's IPOs, daily company deletions, and press releases. ... Indexes & Statistics lets you download all the Nasdaq indexes from 1971 to present, explore monthly stats and the yearly Nasdaq Fact Book, and search our database of Nasdaq companies."

NewsReal Industry Watch
Launched in January, 1998, this site "covers twenty vertical industries, providing business users with industry-related daily news and information from hundreds of news sources and 'Executive Summaries' which help users screen information important to them. " Fully searchable site by company or industry; offers an overview of companies, competitors and web sites with quarterly and annual financial information and news stories. Covered industries include: aerospace, auto, aviation, banking, biotechnology, business news, chemicals, computers, energy, entertainment, environment, healthcare, insurance, metals/minerals, pharmaceuticals, real estate, telecom, transportation and utilities.

PR Newswire
"The leading source of immediate news from corporations worldwide for media, business, the financial community and the individual investor." Companies (and some unions, too) use this paid service to distribute press releases; if your employer issues press statements, this is a likely place to look ...

Public Information Network
Directory of Transnational Corporations - "A database on the activities of, and relationships between, hundreds of corporations operating across borders." Information on some of the nasty practices of transnationals - Includes "online research links, activist reserach training, activist research manuals, a primer on corporate power, free trade and the WTO," and a large directory of transnational corporations.

Public Register's Annual Report Service (PRARS)
Offers company annual reports through the mail (fill out an on-line form).

Public Services International Research Unit
"Privatisation research: the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) is a union-funded unit providing information on multinationals involved in privatisation ... The main focus is on research into multinational companies' involvement in privatisation. Company information is based on the PSIRU/PSI database with files on over 2,000 companies. The site is organised by sector as well as by company."

SEC Enforcement Division Actions
Descriptions of SEC enforcement activities, including civil suits in the federal courts and administrative proceedings. Searchable database.

Securities Class Action Clearinghouse
Stanford Law School. "The Stanford Clearinghouse offers investors, the judiciary, policymakers, and the media with a powerful new research tool that provides a deep and careful look into the workings of class action litigation." An attempt to digitize and link "the full text of complaints, motions, judicial opinions, and other major class action filings into a Website with its own full-text search engine."

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes
This link will take you to a page on the U.S. Census Bureau's web site, where you can choose to look up Standard Industrial Classification SIC Codes (by using a link that will take you to OSHA's website) or find out about the new North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS), which will replace the SIC system. Go directly to OSHA's SIC lookup.

State and Local Government Information
Meta-indexes for State and Local governmental information (maintained by the Library of Congress). Includes financial information for government employees.

Stock Smart
Provides info on: company performance in its industry; basic contact information (address, phone, fax); chief executives; brief company description; and current news. Can link to SEC filings. Special info: the top 50 institutional shareholders and the top mutual fund holders for each company.

Thomas Register of Manufacturers
"The entire database of the acclaimed Thomas Register of American Manufacturers is available for your use online. Register today, and you will have access to our proprietary search engine which allows you to search the 155,000 companies in our database classified under more than 57,000 product and service headings. Plus, more than 3,100 online supplier catalogs give you 44,000 pages of detailed buying and specifying information." Registration is free.

Wall Street Research Net
For publicly-traded companies, WSRN provides links to company SEC filings, stock quotes and charts, and home pages. Note the "News Center" and "News Alerts" for the latest information in the press.

WhoWhere? Companies on the Net
Find company location; Internet domain name; home page; and, if available, an e-mail address for additional info. A service of LYCOS.

Yahoo! Finance
"Yahoo! Finance brings you company profiles from Market Guide, who provides users with information on over 9,000 public companies, including contact information, business summaries, officer and employee information, sector and industry classifications, business and earnings announcement summaries, and financial statistics and ratios. Yahoo adds stock charts based on historical data from Commodity Systems, Inc. (CSI), and links to other resources." Also stock quotes, news, press releases, investment research, mutual fund profiles and SEC filings.


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Publications with Employer Info

American City Business Journals
Business newspapers from 50 cities -- searchable.

Business Week Magazine
Business Week magazine on-line (some information is availble to subscribers only ... other information is available for a small fee ... and some information is free). Includes a searchable archive of articles dating to January 1, 1991.

Forbes Magazine
400 richest people; Forbes 500; 500 largest private companies (including revenues, profits, number of employees, profile, address, phone and a limited amount of additional information).

Fortune Magazine
Fortune 500 companies and business articles. Online edition of Fortune.


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Benefits

Cash Balance Pension Plans Questions & Answers - US Dept. of Labor
The Department of Labor answers some questions about cash balance pension plans for employees whose pension plan is being converted to a cash balance plan.

Consumer Information on Health Plans
Links to Information on Health Plans, including new laws, retiree plans, and plant closings, from Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Department of Labor, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
Pension plan administration information, from the U.S. Department of Labor, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration

Employee Benefits Research Institute
Information on pensions and health plans

HFCA - The Medicare and Medicaid Agency
Information on Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health, from the Health Care and Finance Administration


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Economic Ideas & Corporate Behavior

Carrie--Full Text Electronic Library
Just what it says: it's an on-line, electronic library. Choose from "Reference Department", "Stacks", "Serials", "Documents", "Archives", and "The Omnivore: Daily News and Information -- all types, from all over" (and more).

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
"The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people ... The Center is a principal source of information and analysis for policymakers, program managers, the media, nonprofit organizations, and researchers at the federal, state, and local levels. Washington Monthly magazine called the Center one of the five best among 2,000 nonprofit organizations working on public policy issues in Washington."

Corporate.Watch
"Corporate Watch is an Oxford-based, non-profit organization dedicated to examining the corporate world from an environmental and ethical perspective. With the increasing role of corporations in our everyday lives it has become essential for ordinary people to challenge the secrecy and glib PR that hides them. Corporate Watch intends to research and expose the crimes and hypocrisies of those corporations that refuse to act in a responsible manner. Through both our information service and magazine we provide information of interest to both the concerned citizen and the seasoned campaigner."

CorporateWatch
"Corporate Watch is designed to provide you--every day Internet users, activists, journalists and policy makers--with an array of tools that you can use to investigate and analyze corporate activity." A joint project of TRAC--The Transnational Resource and Action Center, and IGC--The Institute for Global Communications.

Dollars & Sense Magazine
"Do economic half-truths make your head ache? Lies give you a migraine? If they do, there's a hazard to your health in the media today. Politicians and pundits -- the same ones who rush out on a limb with an answer for everything -- are giving out the wrong answers. It's hard enough for professional economists to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the deficit, poverty programs and international trade. But when most of us are confronted with leading questions and evasive responses, we need a straightforward source to help sort out the truth." Dollars and Sense tries: "the only progressive economics magazine in the country written for a popular audience." Lots of resources and info.

Economic Policy Institute
The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy. EPI was founded in 1986 by a group of economic policy experts, including the economist Barry Bluestone; columnist and editor Robert Kuttner; Ray Marshall, secretary of labor in the Carter administration; Robert Reich, former Clinton secretary of labor; the economist Lester Thurow; and Jeff Faux, who now serves as EPI's president. EPI is supported by grants from foundations, corporations, labor unions, and individuals." Very good economic data and information.

Labor Research Association
"Labor Research Association is a New York City-based non-profit research and advocacy organization that provides research and educational services for trade unions." Labor news, trends, strategies, reports and links, from the publishers of "Trade Union Advisor" and "Economic Notes." Lots of news and more at this worthwhile site.

Moving Ideas (The Electronic Policy Network)
"Dedicated to explaining and popularizing complex policy ideas to a broader audience" this webesite offers an online magazine called "Moving Ideas" ... with information for journalists, activists, members and supporters. A project of American Prospect.

Multinational Monitor On-Line
"The Multinational Monitor tracks corporate activity, especially in the Third World, focusing on the export of hazardous substances, worker health and safety, labor union issues and the environment." Includes a section on the Multilateral Agreement on Investments (MAI) as well as information on global corporations.

Working Life
Full text of "They Get Cake, We Eat Crumbs: The Real Story Behind Today's Unfair Economy" — by Jonathan Tasini, president of the National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981), published in cooperation with the Preamble Center for Public Policy. The economy is explained in straightforward language. Check it out ... a valuable web resource for union members and anyone involved in the fight for economic and social justice.


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Economic & Population Info

1990 Census Lookup
"This is the 1990 Census Data Lookup server" and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (DOC)
"BEA--the nation's economic accountant--compiles data that illuminate key national, international, and regional aspects of the U.S. economy. ... The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) provides basic information on such key issues as economic growth, regional development, and the Nation's role in the world economy." Includes a "users guide" and links.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
"The ... principal, independent fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics." Selections include: Data, Economy at a Glance, Keyword Search of BLS Web Pages, Surveys & Programs, Publications & Research Papers, Regional Information, and links to other Statistical Sites.

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Economy at a Glance
Jump right to what the BLS is reporting about the economy. The "Economy at a Glance" page includes the official government unemployment figures and other economic indicators, charted over time.

Census Bureau
- The U.S. Census Bureau. We know they collect a lot of data -- and you can get to it, too. Lots of it. And it's useful (from population maps to all kinds of socio-economic information).

CIA World Fact Book
Because the Fact Book is updated yearly (and its link changes accordingly), this link will take you to the CIA publications page. Country-by-country statistics and information from the folks who probably know it best ... . Other CIA publications include: "Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments", "Handbook of International Economic Statistics" and more.

Economics and Statistics Administration (DOC)
"Much of the statistical, economic, and demographic information collected by the Federal Government is made available through (Commerce Department's) Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). Links and info include access to: The Bureau of the Census ; The Bureau of Economic Analysis; and STAT-USA (the One-Stop Internet Source for Business and Economic Data, publishing the best business and economic information that the Federal Government has to offer.)"

Federal Reserve Board
Now you, too, can watch Alan Greenspan's lips move markets with only a single word! If you want to know anything (officially released) about "the central bank of the United States," this is the place to visit. Lots of information about the country's financial system and links to related sites.

Fedstats
"More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use." Site includes includes a comprehensive list of agencies, programs, and regional statistics.

STAT-USA
Economic, Trade and Business information in a giant government information service.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Jump straight to this Census Bureau site (you'll probably need Adobe's Acrobat Reader though).

White House Economics Statistics Briefing Room.
"The purpose of this service is to provide easy access to current Federal economic indicators. It provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. All of the information included in the Economic Statistics Briefing Room is maintained ... by those agencies." Includes: Production, Sales, Orders and Inventories, Output, Income, Expenditures, and Wealth. Employment, Unemployment, and Earnings, Prices, Money, Credit, and Interest Rates, Transportation, and International Statistics.

White House Social Statistics Briefing Room
"The purpose of this service is to provide easy access to current Federal social statistics. It provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. All of the information included in the Social Statistics Briefing Room is maintained and updated by ... those agencies." Includes: Crime Statistics, Demographic Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Statistics.

World Bank
The World Bank (along with the International Monetary Fund) has had an incredible impact in shaping the "new global economy." Its policies have affected billions of people (and often quite negatively). But, needless to say, this web site contains a wealth of information (no pun intended), about the global economy in a searchable web site.

Yahoo! Business
Yahoo!'s listing of business information on the 'net.


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Market Info

PCQuote
Real time stock price quotes.


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UE Archive Locations

Labor Archives & Research Center, SFSU: Listing of Collections
United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, Locals 1412, 1007, and 1008 (Records 1944-1981. 20 cubic feet Office files, minutes, correspondence, financial records, grievances, shop and strike papers, membership records, publications, and photographs.)

Main UE Archives Collection
The main UE archives contained at the University of Pittsburgh.


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