Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

Organizing for affordable housing in the South   |   June 19, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Why I went to Detroit: Reflections on the Fight for $15 movement   |   June 12, 2015
By Anna Swauger I've been on strike four times. Not something many people would expect from a worker living in North Carolina, but the Fight for $15 is not an ordinary...

 

How the retail industry maintains racial inequality — and how to fix that   |   June 11, 2015
A new paper from the think tank Demos and the NAACP examines race in the retail industry, finding major inequities between black and Latino workers on the one hand and their white...

 

Sustainability and hope   |   May 12, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: U.S. foreclosure crisis worsened racial segregation   |   May 8, 2015
Number of U.S. families that lost their homes to foreclosure during the housing bust that began a decade ago: 9 million According to a new study that looked at almost all urban...

 

Why 'Ban the Box' matters   |   May 7, 2015
By Dan DiMaggio, Labor Notes Gadgets like Apple's just-released watch symbolize the future — but the company doesn't want to let workers move on from their pasts....

 

We need solid ground, not an escape route   |   May 6, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC It's your lucky day! There's new data available about inter-generational income mobility, this time at the county level. Sadly, the data show fewer...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Momentum builds in the Fight for $15   |   April 17, 2015
Number of workers nationwide who took part in this week's Fight for $15 demonstrations calling for a pay hike for low-wage workers: 60,000 Number of U.S. cities where Fight...

 

IRS cuts protect wealthy   |   April 13, 2015
By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes It's April -- that delightful month when most Americans pay our taxes. Okay, paying taxes may not actually be enjoyable. But they do pay for (...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Tax cheats for president?   |   April 10, 2015
Number of Congress members who've been more active in the cause of protecting tax cheats than Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who announced this week he's running for the...

 

Naomi Klein: Shock of oil price plunge is opportunity world must seize   |   March 26, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams As part of the Guardian newspaper's recently launched "keep it in the ground" campaign, Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein...

 

Students declare nationwide boycott of Wendy's over farmworker concerns   |   March 23, 2015
This past weekend students from across the U.S. declared a nationwide boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain over its refusal to join the Fair Food Program created to help...

 

Volkswagen in Tennessee: Productivity's price   |   March 23, 2015
By Chris Brooks, Labor Notes Amanda (not her real name) was hired fresh out of high school to work on the Volkswagen assembly line. But after two years in the Chattanooga plant,...

 

Where you live matters: Concentrated wealth affects mobility   |   March 4, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC Where you start in life affects where you get -- educationally and economically -- in a big way. In sprawling metros of the South, residential segregation...

 

Oil workers dig in for historic fight against industry giants over crucial safety rules   |   February 26, 2015
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams Four weeks into the largest nationwide strike by oil plant workers in 36 years, the fight over critical safety standards in a deadly industry has...

 

What does Walmart's wage hike mean for workers?   |   February 20, 2015
With great fanfare, this week retail giant Walmart announced it would be boosting starting wages for its employees to $9 an hour beginning in April and again to $10 in February...

 

War between the states brewing over Atlantic drilling   |   February 20, 2015
Hundreds of people showed up this week at a hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina for a public hearing on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. Despite a winter storm that left much of...

 

The UAW's hovering presence forces Nissan in Mississippi to behave better even without an election   |   February 9, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- I remember my late father, a tool and die maker, telling me with pride how the company he worked for in central North...

 

Mixed picture for Southern unions   |   February 5, 2015
Last year, nearly 2.2 million workers in Southern states belonged to unions, and, despite a difficult climate for union organizing, five states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida,...

 

Servers, not servants   |   February 2, 2015
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes While I was writing about sexual harassment of women workers at Ford, restaurant workers reminded me that 37 percent of Equal Employment Opportunity...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: States of inequality   |   January 30, 2015
Percent of U.S. states that have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades: 100 Of the 50 states, number where the wealthiest 1 percent captured at least half of...

 

Review: 'Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal'   |   January 28, 2015
Mark Erlich, Labor Notes On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration. Up to 5 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: States are taxing the way to greater inequality   |   January 23, 2015
Adding together all state and local taxes that Americans pay, the nationwide average effective percentage rate for the poorest fifth of non-elderly individuals: 10.9 For the...

 

Less money, more problems: Tax codes handcuff states facing budget crises   |   January 23, 2015
In his feisty State of the Union address this week, President Obama unveiled a populist tax plan targeting the wealthy, including increased rates on capital gains, closing a...

 

Offshore wind beats drilling for jobs and energy in the Southeast   |   January 21, 2015
Developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast would create twice as many jobs and produce twice as much energy as opening the area to oil and gas drilling -- and it would avoid...