Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

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"...

 

What Tennessee paid to lure lawbreaking Volkswagen to Chattanooga   |   September 23, 2015
The scandal over Volkwagen's illegal scheme to sell diesel vehicles equipped with software designed to cheat U.S. air pollution limits is widening. The estimated number of...

 

Fighting stubborn poverty numbers   |   September 18, 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"...

 

Mississippi's Howard Industries pays bottom-feeder wages but enjoys plaudits & subsidies   |   September 14, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – Politicians and local editorial writers love Howard Industries of Laurel, Miss. The editors at the Laurel Leader-Call shower their...

 

Big Coal's war on its workers   |   September 1, 2015
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Fossil-fuel apologists have accused the Obama administration of waging a war on coal in its effort to cut power plant greenhouse gas emissions...

 

Rural challenges, real solutions   |   August 7, 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...

 

Amid deepening child poverty in the South, glimmers of hope   |   July 24, 2015
This week the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT report looking at child well-being in the United States. It found that 22 percent of all U.S. children...

 

Shortchanging rural America   |   July 23, 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...

 

Building healthy communities in South Carolina   |   July 13, 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: New overtime rule a boon for Southern workers   |   July 3, 2015
Under a proposed rule released this week by the Department of Labor, number of Americans who would be newly eligible for overtime pay of  time-and-a-half when they work over...

 

VOICES: UNC Poverty Center closes, NC Poverty Research Fund opens   |   July 3, 2015
By Gene Nichol I've been blessed with a long and varied academic career. But none of my efforts has approached the extraordinary honor of working, side by side for the past...