Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

Filipino teachers recruited to 'virtual servitude' in Louisiana   |   October 20, 2009
By Michelle Chen, RaceWire They came on a mission to teach American children, but ended up getting a tough lesson on America's volatile labor system. A group of Filipino...

 

CENSUS WATCH: 2010 Count faces challenges   |   October 16, 2009
Lawmakers and community advocates continue to work to ensure accuracy in the rapidly approaching 2010 Census. The count will play an important role in determining the amount of...

 

Recovery.gov releases first batch of stimulus reports   |   October 16, 2009
By Christopher Flavelle, ProPublica The federal government Thursday released the first batch of reports detailing how recipients are spending the stimulus money. The reports...

 

Florida tomato pickers score 'greatest victory' in decades   |   October 15, 2009
By Sean Sellers, Labor Notes After two years of delay, farmworkers in Florida will finally start getting a penny more per pound for tomatoes they pick. Organizing with the...

 

Alabama's unemployment insurance woes have roots in a happier times   |   October 12, 2009
By Olga Pierce, ProPublica The State of Alabama's unemployment insurance trust fund is the latest to collapse under the weight of the Great Recession. A year ago, the state's fund...

 

VOICES: Employee Free Choice: Let's do it for 'Norma Rae'   |   October 1, 2009
By Linda Meric Crystal Lee Sutton, the woman whose life inspired the 1979 film "Norma Rae," about a brave union organizer, died of cancer on Sept. 11 after struggling...

 

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-...