Work and Economy

INSTITUTE INDEX: Secret sweetheart deal for Georgia nuclear reactors puts taxpayers at risk   |   April 24, 2014
Amount the U.S. Department of Energy is providing in loan guarantees to Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power and partner Oglethorpe Power to build two new reactors at the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Where is the tax justice?   |   April 15, 2014
Official federal percent tax rate for U.S. corporations: 35 Percent of their profits that consistently profitable Fortune 500 companies actually paid in federal income taxes over...

 

Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans still be New Orleans?   |   April 10, 2014
By Maureen O'Hagan, Equal Voice News NEW ORLEANS ­-- When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant...

 

VOICES: Another lying Tennessee politician exposed in the UAW-VW vote in Chattanooga   |   April 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Another lying Tennessee politician has been exposed in the aftermath of the Valentine's Day 712-626 vote rejecting United Auto Workers...

 

Florida farmworkers score surprise Walmart agreement   |   April 3, 2014
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Last year was hard on Walmart's shiny brand. From Bangladeshi garment workers crushed in a building collapse while sewing for the chain, to...

 

In 'fair food' fight, Florida farmworkers take on industry   |   March 17, 2014
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams The Immokalee, Fla. migrant farmworkers who have forced some of the biggest food industry corporations in the world to acquiesce to their demands...

 

Sexual harassment still 'normal' in low-wage jobs   |   March 7, 2014
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Since sexual harassment is about power, not sex, it's not surprising that low-wage women in lousy jobs get a lot of it. The Equal Employment...

 

While Duke Energy dodges taxes, its pollution costs the public dearly   |   February 28, 2014
At the same time Duke Energy is facing scrutiny for a coal ash spill from one of its North Carolina power plants that's polluted the Dan River and Kerr Lake, the company is...

 

How can labor organize the South?   |   February 21, 2014
The recent union vote at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee wasn't just a defeat -- albeit a very close one  -- for the United Auto Workers in their bid to organize the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Does raising the minimum wage really kill jobs?   |   February 21, 2014
Level to which the Fair Minimum Wage Act that's been proposed in Congress would raise the hourly minimum wage: $10.10 Percent by which the current minimum wage of $7.25 an...

 

3 lessons from the VW union defeat in Tennessee   |   February 17, 2014
Forty-four votes. If 44 workers at Volkwagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. -- less than 3 percent of the plant's 1,560 hourly employees -- had voted "yes"...

 

Showdowns loom at Southern auto plants   |   February 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A group of workers, preachers and activists traveled from Mississippi to Detroit recently to proclaim what should be a core issue of 2014. "Labor...

 

Corporate virtue and corporate subsidies   |   February 3, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest For a speech that was supposed to focus on the plight of low-wage workers, President Obama's State of the Union contained a surprising...

 

Protests across North America aim to block 'NAFTA on steroids'   |   January 29, 2014
By Benjamin Gerritz, Labor Notes Workers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will unite in an Inter-Continental Day of Action Friday to stop a massive new trade agreement, the...

 

Cereal maker Kellogg's union-busting in Memphis would make 'Boss' Crump happy   |   January 27, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Memphis, Tenn., is the city where political strongman E. H. "Boss" Crump launched what labor historian Michael Honey called a...

 

Kellogg's delivers Memphis a slap in the face   |   January 20, 2014
By Steve Payne, Labor Notes "I went to the 'Gold Palace,' Kellogg headquarters, last year," said Trence Jackson, an officer of BCTGM Local 252G. "They had a...

 

Labor unions vs. political unions: Critiquing the 'unbundled union'   |   January 9, 2014
By Douglas Williams, The South Lawn In recent years, we have seen an explosion in activism around the issue of economic inequality. The frustrations that many low-income people...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The War on Poverty at 50   |   January 8, 2014
Date on which President Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty in the United States: 1/8/1964 Percent of Americans who were living in poverty at that time: 19 Percent living...

 

Walmart workers plan raucous Black Friday   |   November 26, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Walmart workers are gearing up for Black Friday with a series of short strikes around the country this week, including in California, Florida,...

 

VOICES: Why I represent the New Orleans immigrant workers who committed civil disobedience   |   November 18, 2013
By Bill Quigley In the thirty six-years I have been a lawyer, I have seen many people take brave moral actions. I have represented hundreds in Louisiana and across our country...

 

Modern-day Southern 'nullifiers' continue a long tradition   |   November 15, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Way back in 1988, I sat across from Strom Thurmond in his Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C., and listened as he explained his...

 

In North Carolina, commemorating an innovative strategy in the war on poverty   |   November 15, 2013
Community leaders and residents gathered in Durham, N.C. this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Fund, a groundbreaking nonprofit created by Gov. Terry...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The high public cost of fast-food jobs   |   November 8, 2013
Sales generated last year by the U.S. fast-food industry: $200 billion Percent of families of front-line fast-food workers employed full-time that are enrolled in public...

 

A 'crimmigration' conference, Walmart on the dole in Mississippi, and Kellogg locks out Memphis workers   |   November 6, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South It's time for another Labor South roundup, and this one tells of the upcoming "Crimmigration" conference sponsored by the Mississippi...

 

Auto Workers try a new angle at Volkswagen   |   October 29, 2013
 By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes  The United Auto Workers, so long frustrated in their attempts to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S., may have found a...