Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

Corporate virtue and corporate subsidies   |   February 3, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest For a speech that was supposed to focus on the plight of low-wage workers, President Obama's State of the Union contained a surprising...

 

Protests across North America aim to block 'NAFTA on steroids'   |   January 29, 2014
By Benjamin Gerritz, Labor Notes Workers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will unite in an Inter-Continental Day of Action Friday to stop a massive new trade agreement, the...

 

Cereal maker Kellogg's union-busting in Memphis would make 'Boss' Crump happy   |   January 27, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Memphis, Tenn., is the city where political strongman E. H. "Boss" Crump launched what labor historian Michael Honey called a...

 

Kellogg's delivers Memphis a slap in the face   |   January 20, 2014
By Steve Payne, Labor Notes "I went to the 'Gold Palace,' Kellogg headquarters, last year," said Trence Jackson, an officer of BCTGM Local 252G. "They had a...

 

Labor unions vs. political unions: Critiquing the 'unbundled union'   |   January 9, 2014
By Douglas Williams, The South Lawn In recent years, we have seen an explosion in activism around the issue of economic inequality. The frustrations that many low-income people...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The War on Poverty at 50   |   January 8, 2014
Date on which President Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty in the United States: 1/8/1964 Percent of Americans who were living in poverty at that time: 19 Percent living...

 

Walmart workers plan raucous Black Friday   |   November 26, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Walmart workers are gearing up for Black Friday with a series of short strikes around the country this week, including in California, Florida,...

 

VOICES: Why I represent the New Orleans immigrant workers who committed civil disobedience   |   November 18, 2013
By Bill Quigley In the thirty six-years I have been a lawyer, I have seen many people take brave moral actions. I have represented hundreds in Louisiana and across our country...

 

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...