Work and Economy

50 Years Is Enough: NC public workers lobby for collective bargaining rights   |   May 26, 2009
Although private sector employees in North Carolina have bargaining rights, state law specifically forbids collective bargaining by North Carolina's 650,000 public employees...

 

SC governor sues to block stimulus money   |   May 21, 2009
Facing South has been covering the ongoing saga of Southern Republican governors vs. the federal stimulus. A handful of GOP rising star governors -- including those in Texas,...

 

New data on the rise of anti-union tactics shows the need for EFCA   |   May 21, 2009
Today some 12.4 % of U.S. workers are represented by unions, a density far below what would be the case if all workers who wanted to belong to a union could freely do so, studies...

 

Doing time on their own dime: More states charge inmates for stays in jail, prison   |   May 19, 2009
As the economic downturn worsens and states grapple with large budget deficits, many inmates may find themselves paying for their crimes beyond just doing standard jail time. Due...

 

Study finds W.Va. union workers earn higher wages   |   May 18, 2009
While the majority of service workers in West Virginia have seen their wages decline or stagnate over the last couple of decades, a new study shows that belonging to a union...

 

Fla newspaper fails to disclose anti-labor source works for business front groups   |   May 15, 2009
The excellent Ken Silverstein has a good post up at Harper's on the sprawling tentacles of corporate lobbyist Richard Berman, the man coordinating the business offensive...

 

VOICES: Stress relief   |   May 12, 2009
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner kicked off his big day with the publication of an op-ed in the New York Times asserting that the Obama...

 

VOICES: State laws allowing card-check show why EFCA is a fair option   |   May 8, 2009
By Nathan Newman, Progressive States Network It seems relatively simple. The proposed federal Employee Free Choice Act would give employees the freedom to form a union...

 

A New Deal for the Gulf Coast: Advocates welcome vital recovery legislation   |   May 7, 2009
Though the start of the hurricane season is just three weeks away, Gulf Coast advocates are looking at something brighter on the horizon.  Almost four years after...

 

The battle continues over unemployment funds   |   May 7, 2009
Facing South has been covering the ongoing saga of Southern Republican governors vs. the federal stimulus. A handful of GOP rising star governors -- including those in Texas,...

 

Swine flu genes traced to North Carolina factory farm   |   May 5, 2009
  Writing about swine flu last week, we observed that massive hog farms like those clustered near the outbreak's epicenter in the Mexican state of Veracruz "can act...

 

Democratic lobbyists fighting labor bill strike gold in Obama era   |   May 4, 2009
A quick follow-up on the Democratic-leaning Washington lobby firms that are working for business clients to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act -- the top legislative priority of...

 

Oh, Atlanta: A banker's bank goes down   |   May 4, 2009
By Jake Bernstein, ProPublica Three banks failed on Friday with the FDIC closing institutions in Georgia, New Jersey, and Utah. The total number of bank failures for the year is...

 

Why did 12 Senate Democrats kill mortgage relief?   |   May 1, 2009
Only days after Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), in a moment of candor, admitted that banks "own this place" -- referring to his own hallowed Senate -- the upper chamber of Congress...

 

Partial coup at Bank of America   |   May 1, 2009
By Phil Mattera Bank of America seems to be in a state of denial about the partial coup d'etat that was just carried out by the company's shareholders, who took the remarkable...

 

Time to call in sick? Swine flu outbreak underscores the need for paid sick days   |   May 1, 2009
The World Health Organization warned countries this week that a global pandemic from swine flu appeared imminent. The number of confirmed cases continue to grow rapidly -- more...

 

Labor and business battle for soul of Southern Democrats   |   April 30, 2009
By Jordan Green, Yes! Weekly There's significant money and vocal expectations on both sides of the Employee Free Choice Act, for which North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan...

 

Swine flu story illuminates disease and injustice breeding in factory farms' shadows   |   April 28, 2009
The story we reported yesterday about bloggers' speculation that the swine flu epidemic sweeping the globe may have originated in a Mexican community that's home to...

 

INVESTIGATION: 'Socially conscious' Democratic lobby firm working for Wal-Mart to kill labor bill   |   April 24, 2009
In the world of cut-throat Washington lobbying, Virginia-based D & P Creative Strategies wants you to think they're different. The slogan of the small firm - which...

 

Podesta Group, other top Democratic lobbyists lead fight against Employee Free Choice Act   |   April 23, 2009
If you missed, Tom Frank had a provocative column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday about the likely demise of the Employee Free Choice Act -- the bill that labor has made its...

 

Social Justice Organizing in the South   |   April 23, 2009
Today, there is an important national debate underway about the South. Political strategists, grassroots organizers, funders and others concerned about social justice are...

 

Barofsky's Bailout Bible   |   April 23, 2009
by Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Rejecting the evasion and obfuscation that has characterized most official pronouncements about the federal bailout of the financial and...

 

Guess who's not paying their taxes?   |   April 17, 2009
The following index ran in this week's Facing South e-newsletter. If you're not receiving that yet but would like to, please fill out the "Newsletter" form on the upper-right side...

 

Mississippi advocates call on Barbour to accept stimulus aid   |   April 15, 2009
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is convening a summit on Thursday that will bring together state leaders and local government to discuss the federal economic stimulus package....

 

The movement builds for progressive tax policy   |   April 15, 2009
It's Tax Day across the land. Even as people make that last minute dash to file their taxes today, around the country economic justice advocates are calling on federal and state...