Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

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...

 

After a pause, Walmart strikes back   |   July 31, 2013
In a coordinated purge, Walmart has lashed out against workers who walked out in early June. Sixty have been fired or disciplined so far, said Brandon Garrett, a worker from...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina tax revamp helps rich, hurts poor   |   July 19, 2013
Under a tax reform plan the North Carolina legislature approved this week, revenue the state will lose each year for public schools, health care, and other vital services: $647...

 

Secret TPP deal would void democracy   |   July 10, 2013
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Many people know NAFTA has cost U.S. workers 700,000 jobs. But how many know another effect was to drive Mexican small farmers out of business? In...

 

Job actions have Wal-Mart running scared   |   July 3, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It's déjà vu all over again at Wal-Mart. Returning to its customary practice of using intimidation to respond to demands for...

 

South remains the epicenter of U.S. child poverty crisis   |   June 24, 2013
Child poverty in the United States remains concentrated in the South -- but one notoriously impoverished Southern state no longer occupies the bottom spot for the overall well-...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will NC lawmakers push long-term unemployed off a cliff?   |   June 21, 2013
Date on which a North Carolina law takes effect that will end federal extended unemployment benefits for jobless residents: 7/1/2013 As a consequence, number of long-term...

 

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...