Work and Economy

How taxpayers subsidize union avoidance by Wal-Mart and Nissan   |   June 10, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Most Americans have been made to believe that they have no stake in private sector labor issues. Unions, we are told, are irrelevant to the...

 

North Carolina racks up new clean-energy jobs amid anti-renewables assault   |   June 5, 2013
At the same time some of its politicians are trying to repeal the state's renewable energy standard, North Carolina is emerging as a national leader in creating clean-energy...

 

VOICES: Flawed study seeks to justify discrimination against U.S. workers   |   June 4, 2013
By Lori Johnson, NC Policy Watch If there is a dominant myth in the debate over America's treatment of the men and women who harvest our food, it is that U.S. workers won'...

 

What are companies doing with taxpayer money?   |   May 30, 2013
Every year, cities and counties spend more than $25 billion in tax breaks and other subsidies to lure companies to do business in their area. Sold as a necessary cost of bringing...

 

Apologies and Apple   |   May 29, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest In 2010 Texas Rep. Joe Barton took the bizarre step of apologizing to BP for the Obama Administration's effort to get the oil giant to...

 

NC renewable energy law survives attack from the right, for now   |   May 28, 2013
Legislation that would have repealed North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy program appears dead for now in the General Assembly -- but its most outspoken proponent...

 

In Mississippi, Nissan's ironic disconnect on civil rights and unions   |   May 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- My old friend Ray Smithhart would have loved the irony of union-fighting manufacturer Nissan making a gift of $100,000 to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Sequestering our mothers   |   May 10, 2013
Rank of low-income mothers, particularly women of color, among those expected to be hit hardest by automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester that took effect in March...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Wal-Mart goes green?   |   May 1, 2013
Percent increase Wal-Mart plans for its renewable energy production or procurement by 2020, according to a recent announcement from the Arkansas-based retail giant: 600 Kilowatt-...

 

Death in Bangladesh and Texas: Will bottom-feeder industries and their corporate customers ever put people over profits?   |   April 30, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   How many tragedies will it take before the bottom-feeders of the global economy stop their relentless, immoral search for the world's...

 

How renewable energy won in North Carolina   |   April 25, 2013
A bill that would have ended North Carolina's renewable energy program was voted down this week by a state House committee in a bipartisan vote by a surprisingly wide margin...

 

The other form of violence   |   April 19, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Newscasts these days often seem to be less a form of journalism than a kind of bizarre game show for paranoids: what horrible possibility...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Regressing further on taxes?   |   April 12, 2013
Of the world's 34 most developed nations, rank of the U.S. among the least taxed: 3 Percent of the U.S. gross domestic product represented by total tax revenue -- federal,...

 

Youth unemployment crisis hits South hard   |   April 9, 2013
Young adults continue to face high rates of unemployment, and the problem is particularly severe in Southern states, which are also grappling with other economic disparities. In...

 

Southernomics as a model?   |   April 1, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   A recent cover story for the Austin, Texas-based Progressive Populist, headlined "Southern Poverty Pimps," describes in detail...

 

VOICES: Competing federal budget plans offer a stark choice   |   March 22, 2013
By Allan Freyer, NC Policy Watch In the latest development in our nation's interminable federal budget wars, the U.S. House and Senate are advancing very different plans for...

 

A tale of two states and subsidy transparency   |   March 18, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Florida and Mississippi may come close to sharing a border, but they are worlds apart in their current approach to the disclosure of economic...

 

Life after coal: Does Wales point the way?   |   March 5, 2013
By Tom Hansell and Patricia Beaver, The Daily Yonder "Communities always change, industries come and go. It was foolish of us to think at the end of the 1985 miners strike...

 

VOICES: As BP trial begins, Gulf businesses and communities call for ecosystem restoration and economic opportunity   |   February 26, 2013
By Jeffrey Buchanan, Oxfam America This week marks the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this young century, as the U.S. Department of Justice goes to court with global...

 

Southern states would be hit uniquely hard by sequester's military budget cuts   |   February 26, 2013
In an effort to force a compromise with congressional Republicans over $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts due to kick in this week, the White House has released a...

 

Study details economic benefits of North Carolina's threatened clean energy program   |   February 19, 2013
Some conservative lawmakers in North Carolina want to kill the state's clean energy program, but a study released this week suggests they would be delivering a blow to a still...

 

Climate change is drowning out 'jobs vs. environment' debate   |   February 15, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes The old argument that unions must choose between jobs and the environment is losing its grip, as climate change becomes more evident and more urgent....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The case for raising the minimum wage   |   February 15, 2013
Level to which President Obama called for increasing the federal minimum hourly wage in this week's State of the Union address, while indexing it to rise automatically with...

 

Thousands march for economic justice in North Carolina   |   February 11, 2013
On Saturday, Feb. 9, thousands of people from across North Carolina gathered in the state capital of Raleigh to rally for economic and social justice. The event was the seventh...

 

In Walmart and fast food, unions scaling up a strike-first strategy   |   February 5, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labor movement abuzz and gained new respect for...