Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

Modern-day Southern 'nullifiers' continue a long tradition   |   November 15, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Way back in 1988, I sat across from Strom Thurmond in his Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C., and listened as he explained his...

 

In North Carolina, commemorating an innovative strategy in the war on poverty   |   November 15, 2013
Community leaders and residents gathered in Durham, N.C. this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Fund, a groundbreaking nonprofit created by Gov. Terry...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The high public cost of fast-food jobs   |   November 8, 2013
Sales generated last year by the U.S. fast-food industry: $200 billion Percent of families of front-line fast-food workers employed full-time that are enrolled in public...

 

A 'crimmigration' conference, Walmart on the dole in Mississippi, and Kellogg locks out Memphis workers   |   November 6, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South It's time for another Labor South roundup, and this one tells of the upcoming "Crimmigration" conference sponsored by the Mississippi...

 

Auto Workers try a new angle at Volkswagen   |   October 29, 2013
 By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes  The United Auto Workers, so long frustrated in their attempts to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S., may have found a...

 

The outsourcing customer is always wrong   |   October 25, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The corporate executives who testified at a House hearing on the botched rollout of the federal healthcare portal apparently sprayed...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: NC tries to patch frayed social safety net with turnip greens   |   October 25, 2013
Pounds of turnip greens North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) this week announced were being harvested at the state prison farm and delivered to food banks around the state to ease...

 

NC heads down scandal-plagued economic development path   |   October 24, 2013
Since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) was elected last year, he's pushed the state Department of Commerce toward a privatized economic development model involving a...

 

Southern right-wingers wage war against labor   |   October 21, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   The Southern Right-Wing's assault on labor remains under the radar of most mainstream media even as it becomes increasingly war-like...

 

Fracking booms, workers busted   |   October 15, 2013
By Jerry Silberman, Labor Notes Fracking is promoted by everyone from the CEO of Exxon to President Obama as the solution to climate change, economic growth, jobs, and energy...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: More pain for the poor in government shutdown   |   October 11, 2013
Date on which the U.S. federal government shut down because Congress did not enact regular appropriations or a continuing resolution for the 2014 fiscal year due to Republican...

 

Nissan is violating international labor standards at Mississippi plant, report says   |   October 11, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Nissan, a company with headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, a Brazilian-born CEO who divides his time between Japan and France, and plants...

 

Employee or independent contractor? Employer fraud costs workers   |   October 2, 2013
By Chris Wagner, Labor Notes Misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a serious problem in the Texas construction industry -- so serious that my local decided...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The strange politics of Southern hunger   |   September 26, 2013
Date on which the Republican-controlled U.S. House, led by majority leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), voted to make deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more...

 

Bank of America ordered to pay $2.2 million for racist hiring practices   |   September 25, 2013
Almost 20 years after the U.S. Department of Labor began auditing the racial hiring practices at Bank of America's offices in Charlotte, N.C., black job candidates who were...

 

Corporate sponsorship of Rick Perry's partisan job piracy   |   September 20, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest "If you want to live free -- free from overtaxation, free from overlitigation, free from overregulation … move to Texas."...

 

The Gini is out of the bottle: Why Wall Street has nothing on inequality in the South   |   September 16, 2013
By Scott Edmonds, MDC Regardless of how you measure it, the U.S. has witnessed a sharp climb in income inequality since the 1970s, with a new study finding that the wealth gap...

 

A hundred arrested protesting Walmart firings   |   September 9, 2013
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes They didn't strike this time -- but Walmart workers and their allies marched, rallied, danced, blew horns, and took arrests in a...

 

Debunking conservative myths about poverty   |   September 6, 2013
A wildly misleading report released recently by the conservative Cato Institute says that it pays to be jobless and poor. In an attempt to bolster a laughably farfetched theory...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Striking for fast food justice   |   August 30, 2013
Number of U.S. cities where fast food workers waged strikes this week as part of a campaign to raise wages: 58 Number of those cities in the South: 11* Number of workers in the...

 

The tricky business of measuring progress eight years after Hurricane Katrina   |   August 29, 2013
Define "progress." For those in government, it typically means economic growth and improvements in quality of life that boost confidence among wealthy investors....

 

Old-fashioned American hypocrisy: The NAACP partners with Nissan, and Walmart pushes 'Made in America'   |   August 27, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The central theme of this short Labor South round-up could be hypocrisy. What would Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers say? At the recent 50th...

 

Claiming and teaching the 1963 March on Washington   |   August 22, 2013
By Bill Fletcher Jr., Zinn Education Project August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Publicly associated with Dr. King...

 

Three years after BP, Gulf fishermen struggle to survive   |   August 19, 2013
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf "Hey, boss … I don't know if they're here. It don't look real promising," Bob called out to David Arnesen with a...

 

Burmese Days: Walmart licking its chops over Myanmar   |   August 16, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Walmart publicly preached "Buy America" three decades ago, and the Arkansas-based retail giant imported less than 6 percent of the products...