Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

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...

 

Is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce losing its grip on Washington?   |   November 17, 2009
When news broke yesterday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was shopping for a "respected economist" they could pay $50,000 to produce a study opposing health care reform, it...

 

Stimulus lobbying pays off for major contractors   |   November 6, 2009
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Last spring, when the ink was barely dry on the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), there was already concern about an...

 

Wal-Mart's stingy sick-leave policy may contribute to swine flu's spread   |   November 3, 2009
Wal-Mart's policy of punishing workers for taking sick leave risks spreading swine flu. So concludes a new report from the National Labor Committee that finds that employees...

 

Coal miners win age discrimination suit against Massey Energy subsidiary   |   November 2, 2009
More than 200 West Virginia coal miners over the age of 40 -- including more than 80 members of the United Mine Workers of America -- will share in an $8.75 million settlement in...

 

Is the Recovery Act stimulating privatization?   |   October 29, 2009
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Key portions of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, especially the state fiscal stabilization fund, are designed to...

 

Pick for mine safety chief signals new day for enforcement   |   October 26, 2009
The U.S. Senate last week confirmed by unanimous consent Joe Main as the new head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration -- an appointment that represents a dramatic...

 

When are the jobs coming back?   |   October 23, 2009
"These jobs are going boys, and they ain't coming back."-- Bruce Springstein, "My Hometown" The new state-by-state jobs numbers came out this week, and the stubborn refusal of...

 

NLRB Still Broken: After 20-year battle, workers die before settlement reached   |   October 21, 2009
By Art Levine, Working In These Times Even under President Obama, the National Labor Relations Board is still broken in responding to anti-union abuses. A case in point: After...

 

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...