Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

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-...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How the GOP's Medicaid politics are hurting rural Southerners   |   August 1, 2014
Date on which Adam O'Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, North Carolina, arrived in Washington, DC after walking 273 miles from his hometown to draw attention to the...

 

The South's child well-being crisis   |   July 22, 2014
A new report looks at the well-being of children by state and finds those living in Appalachia, the South, and the Southwest are facing especially difficult conditions that put...

 

Fast food worker hopeful for labor revival   |   July 15, 2014
By Thelma Frasier As International Longshoremen's Association Local 1422 President Kenny Riley told us, organizing the South is important for the good of all workers. The...

 

NC leads nation in surge of people living in high-poverty areas   |   July 8, 2014
After declining between 1990 and 2000, the portion of the U.S. population living in high-poverty communities grew significantly in the past decade -- and most dramatically in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Unions as a remedy for growing income inequality   |   June 20, 2014
Average CEO compensation in 2013, according to a study released this month: $15.2 million Percent by which CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, increased from 1978 to 2013: 937...

 

The high cost of government corruption to the South   |   June 13, 2014
How much does government corruption cost state taxpayers? That's the question two professors considered in a recent study that compares rates of corruption -- defined as the...

 

Cantor's collapse and crony capitalism   |   June 13, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It's easy to see House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat as a sign that the country is moving far to the Right. Dave Brat...

 

'Walmart moms' strike rejects retailer's family-friendly claims   |   June 6, 2014
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams Under the banner of "Walmart moms," mothers who work at Walmart launched strikes in 20 cities across the United States on Wednesday to...