Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

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...

 

Wal-Mart vs. Corporate America? Health-care reform makes for strange bedfellows   |   July 14, 2009
As the health-care debate continues to heat up the political landscape, the latest PR blitz this week from business groups left the nation's retail industry divided -- with...

 

VOICES: Has the green jobs revolution begun?   |   July 14, 2009
By Jamie Henn, (reprinted from Wiretapmag.org) On June 26, Jerome Ringo rallied a crowd on the lawn outside the Capitol. "This bill is for the worker," boomed Ringo, president of...

 

Amongst families and the rural, homelessness grows   |   July 14, 2009
As the recession deepened across the country during the past year, the nation saw a shift in its homeless populations to include more families and more rural and suburban areas....

 

Congressional members invested heavily in banks they bailed out   |   July 10, 2009
When journalists and the public are trying to figure out how powerful interests are exerting influence on Congress, the first step is to look at campaign finance records and see...

 

Some states wasting money on corporate subsidies   |   July 9, 2009
By Nathan Newman, Progressive States Network Overall, federal recovery spending is working as intended, helping states provide needed services and avoid layoffs that would be...

 

With Franken in the Senate, labor renews push for the EFCA   |   July 9, 2009
Labor rights groups received good news this week for their continuing battle to get pro-worker legislation passed in Congress. In one of his first acts as the junior senator from...

 

Without unemployment aid, residents in Miss. and Ala. face hard decisions   |   July 9, 2009
Some unemployed residents of Alabama and Mississippi are finding themselves ineligible to receive unemployment benefits, new casualties of the battle between their state governors...