Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

75 worst commutes: How does your city rank?   |   January 21, 2010
Every year, the average U.S. resident spends 100 hours commuting to and from work. As the Census Bureau notes, that's more than the typical amount of vacation time we get each...

 

VOICES: MLK's dream drained   |   January 19, 2010
By Brian Miller, New America Media Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a society worthy of the principle in its founding declaration that "all men are created equal." But he did...

 

Gathering to honor the life of Crystal Lee Sutton, the real 'Norma Rae'   |   January 8, 2010
A celebration is planned for Saturday, Jan. 9 in Greensboro, N.C. to honor the life of Crystal Lee Sutton, the union activist who was the inspiration for the film "Norma Rae...

 

Senate health reform bill streamlines black lung assistance   |   January 7, 2010
Miners suffering from an occupational illness that's on the rise across Appalachia's coalfields could find some relief if a provision in the Senate's version of the health reform...

 

Top 10 Stories of 2009 #2: The hidden battles over health reform   |   December 23, 2009
We're getting closer! We continue our series of the Top Stories of 2009 here at Facing South. To see the earlier entries go here. And coming in at #2 ...#2 - I CAN HEZ HEALTH...

 

Top 10 Stories of 2009 #4: The best research money can buy   |   December 23, 2009
Today we continue our series on the Top 10 Stories of 2009 here at Facing South. You can see numbers 6 to 10 here, here, here, here and here. And coming in at #4 ... Remember...

 

Top 10 Stories of 2009 - #5: What, oil execs don't [heart] green jobs?   |   December 23, 2009
Today we continue our series of the Top Stories of 2009 here at Facing South. You can see numbers 6 to 10 here, here, here, here and here. And coming in at #5 ... Take your mind,...

 

Black businesses shorted on stimulus contracts   |   December 21, 2009
Aaron Glantz, New America Media Since President Barack Obama signed his stimulus package into law in February, the U.S. Department of Transportation has handed out more than $150...

 

Top Stories of 2009 | #6: Our nation's promise to the Gulf Coast   |   December 18, 2009
As the year draws to a close, Facing South is taking a look back at the big stories that shaped the region and the top 10 stories we did at FS that made a big splash. Here's #6: [...

 

Top Stories of 2009 | #9: Piggies, not so cute anymore?   |   December 17, 2009
As the year draws to a close, Facing South is taking a look back at the big stories that shaped the region and the top 10 stories we did at FS that made a big splash. Here's #...

 

Questioning Boss Hog's bailout   |   December 16, 2009
Should the U.S. government help finance new hog and poultry production facilities at the same time it's buying excess meat due to overproduction? That's a question farm policy...

 

VOICES: We need a new contract with Big Finance   |   December 16, 2009
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest A widely circulated rumor that Goldman Sachs executives were loading up on firearms to protect themselves against a populist uprising turned...

 

Casualties of the recession: Southern teachers   |   December 11, 2009
When the economy takes a nosedive, the last thing state leaders want to cut is schools and teachers. In fact, avoiding such cuts was one of Congress' top priorities when it passed...

 

A real jobs plan: Shoring up state budgets   |   December 10, 2009
Yesterday the National Conference on State Legislatures released a report on how the recession is hitting state budgets, and the news was grim: "The states are facing nearly...

 

Thousands of stimulus reports missing, resulting in potential undercount of jobs created   |   December 10, 2009
By Michael Grabell, ProPublica Eagle Peak Rock and Paving created and saved 32 jobs thanks to an $8 million federal stimulus contract to repair Glacier Point Road in Yosemite...

 

VOICES: The jobless crisis of young blacks is now Obama's crisis   |   December 9, 2009
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media The bad news is that the more than one out of three young blacks out of work matches the figure for joblessness at the peak of the...

 

A closer look at Obama's jobs plan: Will it work?   |   December 8, 2009
President Obama just wrapped up his much-anticipated "jobs speech," an attempt to show the administration has a plan to confront the harsh reality that, despite slight job gains...

 

Georgia bank failures continue to mount   |   December 7, 2009
By Jake Bernstein, ProPublica After a brief holiday respite, bank failure Friday came back with a vengeance. The FDIC and its fellow regulators closed six institutions, bringing...

 

Banking services lacking for minority households   |   December 4, 2009
About a quarter of U.S. households lack banking services, making them vulnerable to costly alternative financial services like payday loans. The problem is especially severe for...

 

States may shed another 1 million jobs   |   December 3, 2009
By Aaron Glantz, New America Media On the eve of President Barack Obama's White House Summit on Jobs, labor leaders yesterday issued a dire warning: Unless Congress and Obama...

 

It's a wonderful life? (video)   |   December 2, 2009
Health reform is getting all the attention, but remember the banking and economic crisis? Next week, the U.S. House is expected to vote on several proposed reforms. The Center...

 

The Food Stamp Belt: Race, politics and poverty in the South   |   November 30, 2009
The New York Times ran an eye-opening story this weekend about the 36 million people in this country who depend on food stamps: With food stamp use at record highs and climbing...

 

GOBBLE GOBBLE: Banks projected to rake in $1.8 billion in overdraft fees over holiday season   |   November 25, 2009
Thanks to dubious banking practices, your end-of-year holiday shopping could end up costing a lot more than you realize. The Center for Responsible Lending is warning today that...

 

VOICES: Why won't U.S. corporations invest in U.S. workers?   |   November 24, 2009
Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest In late October the company, A-Power Energy Generation Systems, announced that it had been chosen to supply some 240 turbines for a large wind...

 

An unreported culprit in New Orleans' slow recovery: low wages   |   November 18, 2009
Here at Facing South, we've reported a lot on the affordable housing crisis still gripping New Orleans as the city enters the fifth year of post-Katrina recovery. To address the...