Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

INSTITUTE INDEX: America's widening racial wealth gap   |   December 19, 2014
Number of times by which the wealth of white U.S. households exceeded that of black households in 2013, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center: 13 In 2010: 8...

 

'Employee engagement' no subsitute for a union at VW   |   December 18, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes What should we make of the latest twist at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen plant? Management announced in November that it will recognize...

 

UK Parliament hears of slavery risks in NC tobacco fields   |   December 16, 2014
The British House of Commons debated legislation today addressing human rights abuses in UK-based companies' supply chains, and North Carolina's tobacco fields came up as...

 

Thank a worker this holiday season   |   December 12, 2014
By Hector Guzman Lopez and Erika Galindo, Special to Equal Voice News The end of the year is here once again, and in what has become tradition throughout the United States,...

 

Getting even tougher on corporate crime   |   December 10, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest West Virginia's coal country is not very fond of the Environmental Protection Agency these days, but another part of the federal...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting for $15, and winning   |   December 5, 2014
Number of cities where fast food and other low-wage workers went on strike this week to demand a $15 minimum hourly wage and the right to form a union: 190 Year in which the...

 

What will the new global trade deals mean for the South?   |   December 4, 2014
This week, President Obama renewed his push for two global economic accords, the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Asian countries and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

 

Review: How the U.S. economy was built on slavery   |   December 2, 2014
By Timothy Sheard, Labor Notes H. Rap Brown, coordinator for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, infuriated many well-meaning but historically uneducated white citizens...

 

Walmart workers plan biggest-ever Black Friday mobilization   |   November 26, 2014
Walmart workers and their supporters are preparing for their third and biggest-ever Black Friday mobilization, with strikes and protests planned at stores in cities nationwide and...

 

Preying on the military, with politicians' help   |   October 27, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Reincorporating in foreign countries with lower tax rates is not the only way large corporations put profit before patriotism. A front-page...

 

Young people's voice needed in building an infrastructure of opportunity   |   October 23, 2014
This week the Durham, North Carolina-based nonprofit MDC released its latest State of the South report highlighting how the American dream of intergenerational upward mobility is...

 

Georgia residents are battling just to get on the bus   |   October 22, 2014
By Brad Wong, Equal Voice News RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Standing off state Route 85, Jessica Jarrett waves a huge placard above her head to draw attention to a voter registration drive...

 

The South needs to build an 'infrastructure of opportunity' for its youth   |   October 21, 2014
By Alyson Zandt, MDC A young person born at the bottom of the income ladder in the South is less likely to move up it as an adult than in any other region in the nation. Some of...

 

Corporate benefit cutters still shifting costs to taxpayers   |   October 13, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Wal-Mart's recent announcement that it will snatch health coverage away from 30,000 part-timers is not just the latest in a long series of...

 

Review: Alt-labor or not, it will take rank-and-file power to revive us   |   October 8, 2014
By Eric Dirnbach, Labor Notes Can recent experiments with alternative forms of organizing, such as worker centers and minority strikes, offer a solution to the labor movement'...

 

For oil and gas companies, rigging seems to involve wages, too   |   September 29, 2014
By Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica A ProPublica review of U.S. Department of Labor investigations shows that oil and gas workers -- men and women often performing high-risk jobs --...

 

American Airlines agents overwhelming vote to join union   |   September 22, 2014
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes After many close votes against unionization, American Airlines passenger service agents scored an overwhelming victory September 16, voting 86 percent...

 

Dollar stores: Business success and economic failure   |   September 17, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest What does it say that an all-out takeover battle is being waged for a chain of no-frills stores selling cheap merchandise at outlets typically...

 

Stop feeding the hand that bites us   |   September 12, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes When Volkswagen finally agreed to build its new SUV in Chattanooga, Tennessee politicians crowed over the promise of 2,000 new jobs. Union-...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fast-food workers strike again   |   September 5, 2014
Number of fast-food workers and their allies arrested in nationwide protests Sept. 4 demanding raises and union organizing rights: 500 Number of cities where the sit-ins took...

 

Art Pope vs. cooperative economics: Who will save Raleigh's food desert?   |   September 5, 2014
Art Pope, a prominent donor to conservative causes and close ally to the influential Koch brothers, steps down as North Carolina's budget director this week, a move that frees...

 

Burger King's tax dodge is just the latest of its restructuring schemes   |   September 3, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Nothing says America like hamburger chains such as Burger King, yet the fast-food giant is the latest company to put tax dodging above...

 

In North Carolina, fast food and Moral Mondays movements build ties   |   August 18, 2014
By Kerry Taylor, Labor Notes It was the rare meeting of Southern workers that struck a note of optimism. More than 150 gathered August 9 for Solidarity City, a day of strategy...

 

For youth, the South is hostile territory   |   August 11, 2014
Tuesday, Aug. 12 marks International Youth Day, created by the United Nations in 2000 to draw attention to issues affecting young people around the world. To mark the occasion,...

 

Handouts for corporate tax deserters   |   August 4, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest President Obama says "I don't care if it's legal -- it's wrong." Even Fortune magazine calls it "positively un-...