Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's reliance on temp workers heightens economic insecurity   |   May 27, 2016
Percent of total U.S. employment accounted for by temp workers in 2015: 2 Last time that percentage was so high: early 1990s From 2010 to 2015, number of times faster the...

 

Meet the Haitian immigrant leading the fight for Disney workers' rights   |   May 19, 2016
From the outside looking in, Walt Disney World appears to be a magical place. Princesses and princes roam the streets. Every day, fireworks light up the sky at the Disney Castle...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The high public cost of low-wage manufacturing jobs   |   May 19, 2016
Though U.S. manufacturing jobs once paid significantly more than the national average, percent less than the median wage the average manufacturing production worker made by 2013:...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: HB2's economic threat to North Carolina   |   May 13, 2016
The potential annual cost to North Carolina from HB2, the state's controversial law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How drilling tax breaks worsened Louisiana's budget crisis   |   April 29, 2016
Rank of oil-producing U.S. states among those under the greatest fiscal pressure because of plummeting oil prices, according to a new report from Standard & Poor's: 1...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The state and local tax benefits of welcoming undocumented immigrants   |   April 15, 2016
Estimated amount that undocumented immigrants in the U.S. contribute each year to state and local tax coffers: $11.64 billion Portion of that total which goes to sales and excise...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The failure of an obscure federal agency endangers oil rig workers   |   March 18, 2016
Date on which Roy Miller of Mississippi was killed while performing maintenance on an oil platform owned by Whistler Energy of Houston in the Gulf of Mexico south of New Orleans,...

 

Trade deals have hit North Carolina harder than Michigan   |   March 10, 2016
This week, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a surprise victory in Michigan over Hillary Clinton, the party front-runner who before the state's...

 

Florida farmworkers call for Wendy's boycott over fair-food fight   |   March 4, 2016
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group that represents farmworkers in Florida and other Southern states, declared a national boycott of Wendy's this week over the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Expanding access to good jobs after jail   |   February 26, 2016
Number of U.S. adults who have a serious misdemeanor or felony arrest or conviction record: 70 million Number of people released from state and federal prisons each year: 630,000...

 

Union membership creeps upward in the South   |   February 5, 2016
Over the last year, the share of U.S. workers belonging to unions held steady at 11.1 percent, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the new...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The post-recession shift to low-wage jobs leaves Southern workers struggling   |   February 4, 2016
Total number of jobs created in Southern states* since their unemployment rates peaked during the Great Recession that began in late 2007: nearly 4.3 million Average annual wage...

 

Charleston workers bring Fight for $15 agenda to South Carolina Democratic debate   |   January 22, 2016
As the Democratic Party held its fourth presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina this week, more than 1,000 low-wage workers shut down the city's streets demanding...

 

Economic downsides of Atlantic oil and gas drilling detailed in new report   |   December 15, 2015
Proponents of oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic Coast often point to the economic claims in a 2013 report prepared by Quest Offshore Resources, a Texas-based firm whose...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: What can be done to close America's growing wealth gap?   |   December 10, 2015
Year in which the middle class ceased to be the economic majority in the U.S., exceeded by lower- and upper-income households combined: 2015 Percent of U.S. aggregate income that...

 

VOICES: Send Syrian refugees to rural America   |   November 25, 2015
By Dee Davis, The Daily Yonder Rural America is falling further behind. Farms don't need farmers. Manufacturing moved offshore. And the rate of rural kids living in poverty is...

 

Southern workers turn out in force to Fight for $15   |   November 13, 2015
Thousands of fast-food and other low-wage workers across the U.S. took part in strikes and protest rallies this week calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fast-food workers get ready for biggest strike yet in Fight for $15   |   November 6, 2015
Date on which U.S. fast-food workers are planning another nationwide strike in their fight for a $15 hourly wage and union rights: 11/10/2015 Number of cities where protests at...

 

What went wrong with the South?   |   November 3, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC In an article last month for the Washington Post, Chico Harlan describes the difficulties facing young people growing up in some of the nation's lowest...

 

Tefere Gebre: How labor can win the South   |   October 30, 2015
Tefere Gebre is an evangelist for labor organizing in the South. When he was 14, Gebre fled war-torn Ethiopia, walking for weeks to a Sudanese refugee camp before arriving in Los...

 

More trouble in coal country: Health care at risk for 12,000 retired miners and their families   |   October 28, 2015
By Alec MacGillis, ProPublica John R. Leach worked for Peabody Energy Corp. in western Kentucky for 23 years. When he retired, he and his wife Rhonda relied on his pension and...

 

Powering Appalachia's brighter future   |   October 23, 2015
By Susanna Hegner, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation* Coalfield communities are getting a much-needed jolt. On Oct. 15, the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and...

 

Is $15 an hour enough?   |   October 13, 2015
Across the South and the rest of the country, workers and their advocates have been fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage, more than double the current federal minimum wage of $...

 

VOICES: Waving the wrong flag   |   October 12, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South MARSHALL, N.C. – Benny Wint grew up as one of the few whites in a black neighborhood of a small South Carolina town. Today, if customers come into...

 

Feeding a new economy: Local food systems in the South   |   October 8, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation has launched a "Southern Voices"...