Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

Mountaintop removal defenders disrupt July 4th music festival in West Virginia   |   July 6, 2009
The Mountain Keepers Music Festival took place this place this July 4th weekend at a park on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia, an event organized by the Keeper of the Mountains...

 

POWER POLITICS: Federal court says Appalachian coal giant must rehire union miners   |   July 6, 2009
Massey Energy -- the largest coal producer in central Appalachia and a major mountaintop removal operator -- must rehire 85 union miners who lost their jobs after the company took...

 

Smithfield's Tar Heel workers ratify first-ever union contract   |   July 2, 2009
Workers at the Smithfield Packing Co. pork plant in Tar Heel, N.C., accepted a four-year labor contract after two days of voting, the United Food and Commercial Workers said in a...

 

Study finds workplace immigration raids unlawful   |   July 2, 2009
In the early morning hours of December 12, 2006, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept into Swift & Co. meatpacking plants in six states, rounding up detaining...

 

Georgia leads in bank failures   |   June 30, 2009
By Jake Bernstein, ProPublica Any hope that the pace of bank failures might be slowing was dashed on Friday when the FDIC announced five new names to add to the growing list of...

 

Finding the cost of coal   |   June 29, 2009
By Bill Bishop, Daily Yonder What does coal cost mining communities? More than it gives in return, according to two new reports. The studies, from Kentucky and West Virginia,...

 

Fla. group protests Bank of America's lending practices   |   June 26, 2009
Rob Kuznia, Hispanic Business Florida activist Al Pina has launched a community campaign against Bank of America over its minority-lending record and practices. Pina, founder and...

 

Shining a light on poverty: SCLC renews King's campaign   |   June 25, 2009
In the daunting heat of Jackson, Miss. this past weekend, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference relaunched a national campaign to help the poor: a modern-day "Poor People's...

 

Unemployment reforms sweep nation due to federal recovery incentives   |   June 25, 2009
By Caroline Fan, Progressive States Network In a time of rising costs, increased unemployment, and declining wages, American workers could easily feel like they've been left to...

 

Health insurance industry monopolizes the South   |   June 24, 2009
Conservatives and other opponents of the "public option" for health care say that it would hurt competition. But in fact, most health insurance markets fall under what the...

 

Skyrocketing housing costs in New Orleans hamper rebuilding   |   June 24, 2009
A recent analysis by the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center found that in 2007 housing costs (for both renters and homeowners) in New Orleans was less affordable than the...

 

Researchers debunk claims that Employee Free Choice Act would cause unemployment   |   June 22, 2009
This past March, Facing South was one of the first places to reveal that a widely-quoted study claiming the Employee Free Choice Act would lead to widespread unemployment was, in...

 

'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...