Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

'What we are in justice entitled to': A 1865 letter from a freedman   |   June 19, 2009
Today marks Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the end of slavery. It began in Galveston, Texas in 1865 and has since spread across the country. It is now recognized as a holiday...

 

Death on the job in Texas   |   June 18, 2009
Every 2Ω days a construction worker dies on the job in Texas.   On Tuesday, just days after three construction workers fell to their deaths in Austin, a group of workers...

 

Appalachia and Colombia: The people behind the coal -- an interview with Aviva Chomsky   |   June 17, 2009
By Hans Bennett, Upside Down World Aviva Chomsky (at left in photo) is professor of history and Latin American Studies at Salem State College in Massachusetts. The most recent...

 

Stimulus won't rebuild dilapidated school attended by Obama letter writer   |   June 15, 2009
By David Epstein, ProPublica  South Carolina's Supreme Court has forced Gov. Mark Sanford to request $700 million in stimulus funds, which are largely earmarked for schools...

 

Dispatch from New Orleans: What can Katrina teach us about real economic recovery?   |   June 5, 2009
I just got back from New Orleans, meeting with a wonderful group of local and national advocates looking into how to make the city's recovery more fair, democratic and accountable...

 

Alabama coal mining company sued over slain Colombian unionists   |   June 4, 2009
In a case that gives a whole new meaning to the term "dirty coal," a federal lawsuit filed last week against the Drummond Co. of Birmingham, Ala. alleges that the coal company...

 

In Georgia, budget cuts trim mortgage complaint resources   |   June 4, 2009
By Karen Weise, ProPublica With one in eight mortgages either delinquent or in some stage of foreclosure, Georgia is at the center of the housing crisis. But as the problem grows...

 

S.C. high court to hear stimulus funds case today   |   June 3, 2009
The final battle over $700 million of South Carolina's stimulus aid comes to a head today. The state Supreme Court will begin hearing the arguments in the cases filed by two...

 

High foreclosure rates pose new problems for hurricane season   |   June 3, 2009
The beginning of the hurricane season carries with it an added set of issues this year. Along the Gulf Coast, thousands of empty, foreclosed-upon homes sit in the path of future...

 

Advocates take the Gulf Coast cause to the Hill   |   June 1, 2009
Today marks the first day of hurricane season, and much is being reported on preparations happening along the Gulf Coast to prepare for stormier weather. But Gulf Coast advocates...

 

Assuring recovery funds address immediate crisis   |   June 1, 2009
By Nathan Newman, Progressive States Network As the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities outlined in a recent report, federal aid is covering roughly 30-40 percent of state...

 

Five million children going hungry in the South   |   May 27, 2009
A new report by hunger-relief charity Feeding America provides the first state-by-state analysis of early childhood hunger in the United States. The report, Child Food Insecurity...

 

South claims half of 'best places to live and work'   |   May 27, 2009
Political pundits routinely dismiss the South as a region that's losing relevance -- but the U.S. public appears to have missed the memo. In various surveys and rankings, Southern...

 

50 Years Is Enough: NC public workers lobby for collective bargaining rights   |   May 26, 2009
Although private sector employees in North Carolina have bargaining rights, state law specifically forbids collective bargaining by North Carolina's 650,000 public employees...

 

SC governor sues to block stimulus money   |   May 21, 2009
Facing South has been covering the ongoing saga of Southern Republican governors vs. the federal stimulus. A handful of GOP rising star governors -- including those in Texas,...

 

New data on the rise of anti-union tactics shows the need for EFCA   |   May 21, 2009
Today some 12.4 % of U.S. workers are represented by unions, a density far below what would be the case if all workers who wanted to belong to a union could freely do so, studies...

 

Doing time on their own dime: More states charge inmates for stays in jail, prison   |   May 19, 2009
As the economic downturn worsens and states grapple with large budget deficits, many inmates may find themselves paying for their crimes beyond just doing standard jail time. Due...

 

Study finds W.Va. union workers earn higher wages   |   May 18, 2009
While the majority of service workers in West Virginia have seen their wages decline or stagnate over the last couple of decades, a new study shows that belonging to a union...

 

Fla newspaper fails to disclose anti-labor source works for business front groups   |   May 15, 2009
The excellent Ken Silverstein has a good post up at Harper's on the sprawling tentacles of corporate lobbyist Richard Berman, the man coordinating the business offensive...

 

VOICES: Stress relief   |   May 12, 2009
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner kicked off his big day with the publication of an op-ed in the New York Times asserting that the Obama...

 

VOICES: State laws allowing card-check show why EFCA is a fair option   |   May 8, 2009
By Nathan Newman, Progressive States Network It seems relatively simple. The proposed federal Employee Free Choice Act would give employees the freedom to form a union...

 

A New Deal for the Gulf Coast: Advocates welcome vital recovery legislation   |   May 7, 2009
Though the start of the hurricane season is just three weeks away, Gulf Coast advocates are looking at something brighter on the horizon.  Almost four years after...

 

The battle continues over unemployment funds   |   May 7, 2009
Facing South has been covering the ongoing saga of Southern Republican governors vs. the federal stimulus. A handful of GOP rising star governors -- including those in Texas,...

 

Swine flu genes traced to North Carolina factory farm   |   May 5, 2009
  Writing about swine flu last week, we observed that massive hog farms like those clustered near the outbreak's epicenter in the Mexican state of Veracruz "can act...

 

Democratic lobbyists fighting labor bill strike gold in Obama era   |   May 4, 2009
A quick follow-up on the Democratic-leaning Washington lobby firms that are working for business clients to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act -- the top legislative priority of...