Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

A Portrait of Louisiana: Study shines light on post-Katrina racial, economic disparities   |   September 24, 2009
A new study uses post-Katrina data to examine the wide and stark disparities in the life expectancy, educational attainment, and incomes of African Americans and whites in...

 

VOICES: Poverty is still a dirty word in America   |   September 22, 2009
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media The figure on real poverty in America is far worse than the Census Bureau recently reported. It found that nearly 40 million Americans are...

 

POWER POLITICS: U.S. urged to act against Alabama coal company for union repression in Colombia   |   September 21, 2009
A U.S. union wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week expressing "grave concern" over Birmingham, Ala.-based Drummond Co.'s punishment of Colombian...

 

In communities of color, the silent depression continues   |   September 17, 2009
Last week's Census Bureau report on poverty not only reveals the increasing rates of poverty during the first full year of recession - now at 13.2 percent - but it also...

 

VOICES: Why don't corporations support single-payer health care?   |   September 16, 2009
By Doug Henwood, Left Business Observer As Congress and the Obama administration strive to make their already awful health care reform proposal even worse, you've got to wonder:...

 

Real 'Norma Rae' dies of cancer after insurer delayed treatment   |   September 14, 2009
The North Carolina union organizer who was the inspiration for the movie "Norma Rae" died on Friday of brain cancer after a battle with her insurance company, which...

 

South and Southwest lead the nation in the number of uninsured   |   September 11, 2009
In the first full year of the recession, the nation's poverty rate climbed to 13.2 percent, up from 12.5 percent in 2007, according to the annual report released Thursday by...

 

VOICES: The Toxic Storm   |   September 8, 2009
By Antonio Ramírez, (reprinted from Wiretapmag.org) George W. Bush was working hard in the days after Hurricane Katrina. In August 2005, we watched in horror as the Bush...

 

Labor renews call for EFCA   |   September 8, 2009
This past Labor Day weekend, union members and worker rights' advocates across the country used the holiday to reignite the push for the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation...

 

The Labor Day Index   |   September 7, 2009
Year in which union workers in New York City took unpaid leave to march in the first U.S. Labor Day parade (pictured at right): 1882 Number of days following the end of 1894...

 

Fla. unemployment borrowing may top $1 billion   |   August 31, 2009
By Olga Pierce, ProPublica Florida has become the 19th state to borrow funds to keep unemployment benefits flowing after its unemployment trust fund ran dry. So far the state has...

 

Homeless and struggling in New Orleans   |   August 26, 2009
On the 4th anniversary of Katrina, New Orleans is still far from recovery. By Jordan Flaherty Crawling through a hole in a fence and walking through an open doorway, Shamus Rohn...

 

Activists ask Speaker Pelosi to take action on 4th anniversary of Katrina   |   August 25, 2009
This Friday supporters of the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act (HR 2269) will rally on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in front of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office to...

 

While debt mounts, couple chases BoA loan mod   |   August 21, 2009
By Alexandra Andrews, ProPublica  Bank of America is the biggest mortgage servicer in the business. And judging by Treasury Department data, its customers searching for...

 

VOICES: Depression-era inequality, only worse   |   August 20, 2009
By Zach Carter, TMC MediaWire  A new study by Economist Emmanuel Saez revealed this week that income inequality in the U.S. is more severe today than at any time since World...

 

Gone South: Georgia continues to lead the nation in bank failures   |   August 5, 2009
Sixteen bank failures -- one-quarter of all bank failures in the United States so far this year -- have been reported in the state of Georgia, giving the state the dubious title...

 

Unemployment insurance programs in Minnesota and Texas in the red   |   July 31, 2009
By Olga Pierce, ProPublica  For the past few months we have been probing the increasing troubles of our nation's fractured unemployment insurance systems. Texas and...

 

VOICES: Wal-Mart's (un)sustainability index   |   July 29, 2009
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Wal-Mart has taken the latest in a long series of steps to make itself look good by imposing burdens on its suppliers. The mammoth retailer...

 

THE BIG TIP: Employment advocates say it's time to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers   |   July 24, 2009
U.S. workers earning minimum wage will see an 11 percent increase in their wages starting July 24 when the national minimum wage rises to $7.25 an hour. About 2.2 million low-...

 

KBR sued over headscarf ban   |   July 23, 2009
KBR, the Houston-based war contractor, is already facing numerous legal troubles -- over toxic burn pits, the electrocution deaths of U.S. soldiers due to faulty wiring, exposing...

 

Black lung tragedy   |   July 22, 2009
By Betty Dotson-Lewis, The Daily Yonder John Adkins's Christmas wish in 2005 was to be healthy enough to spend the holiday at home with his wife, Grace, and his children. John's...

 

Senate votes against additional F-22 funding   |   July 22, 2009
In what is being called a political victory for the Obama administration, the Senate voted Tuesday to halt further production of the Air Force's F-22 Raptor fighter jets, one of...

 

New Orleans day laborers want wage theft criminalized   |   July 21, 2009
Post-Katrina New Orleans has become the center of a national effort to protect migrant day laborers from wage theft. As Facing South has covered, following the 2005 hurricane...

 

VOICES: An independent corporate front group?   |   July 20, 2009
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Would a consulting company owned by Exxon be considered an impartial source of analysis on global warming, or would such a firm owned by Xe (...

 

Democrats drop EFCA's core "card-check" provision   |   July 17, 2009
The New York Times reported that several Democrats have dropped one of the central provisions of the pro-labor Employee Free Choice Act, which would have made it easier for...