Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

Three years after BP, Gulf fishermen struggle to survive   |   August 19, 2013
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf "Hey, boss … I don't know if they're here. It don't look real promising," Bob called out to David Arnesen with a...

 

Burmese Days: Walmart licking its chops over Myanmar   |   August 16, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Walmart publicly preached "Buy America" three decades ago, and the Arkansas-based retail giant imported less than 6 percent of the products...

 

After a pause, Walmart strikes back   |   July 31, 2013
In a coordinated purge, Walmart has lashed out against workers who walked out in early June. Sixty have been fired or disciplined so far, said Brandon Garrett, a worker from...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina tax revamp helps rich, hurts poor   |   July 19, 2013
Under a tax reform plan the North Carolina legislature approved this week, revenue the state will lose each year for public schools, health care, and other vital services: $647...

 

Secret TPP deal would void democracy   |   July 10, 2013
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Many people know NAFTA has cost U.S. workers 700,000 jobs. But how many know another effect was to drive Mexican small farmers out of business? In...

 

Job actions have Wal-Mart running scared   |   July 3, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It's déjà vu all over again at Wal-Mart. Returning to its customary practice of using intimidation to respond to demands for...

 

South remains the epicenter of U.S. child poverty crisis   |   June 24, 2013
Child poverty in the United States remains concentrated in the South -- but one notoriously impoverished Southern state no longer occupies the bottom spot for the overall well-...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will NC lawmakers push long-term unemployed off a cliff?   |   June 21, 2013
Date on which a North Carolina law takes effect that will end federal extended unemployment benefits for jobless residents: 7/1/2013 As a consequence, number of long-term...

 

How taxpayers subsidize union avoidance by Wal-Mart and Nissan   |   June 10, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Most Americans have been made to believe that they have no stake in private sector labor issues. Unions, we are told, are irrelevant to the...

 

North Carolina racks up new clean-energy jobs amid anti-renewables assault   |   June 5, 2013
At the same time some of its politicians are trying to repeal the state's renewable energy standard, North Carolina is emerging as a national leader in creating clean-energy...

 

VOICES: Flawed study seeks to justify discrimination against U.S. workers   |   June 4, 2013
By Lori Johnson, NC Policy Watch If there is a dominant myth in the debate over America's treatment of the men and women who harvest our food, it is that U.S. workers won'...

 

What are companies doing with taxpayer money?   |   May 30, 2013
Every year, cities and counties spend more than $25 billion in tax breaks and other subsidies to lure companies to do business in their area. Sold as a necessary cost of bringing...

 

Apologies and Apple   |   May 29, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest In 2010 Texas Rep. Joe Barton took the bizarre step of apologizing to BP for the Obama Administration's effort to get the oil giant to...

 

NC renewable energy law survives attack from the right, for now   |   May 28, 2013
Legislation that would have repealed North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy program appears dead for now in the General Assembly -- but its most outspoken proponent...

 

In Mississippi, Nissan's ironic disconnect on civil rights and unions   |   May 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- My old friend Ray Smithhart would have loved the irony of union-fighting manufacturer Nissan making a gift of $100,000 to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Sequestering our mothers   |   May 10, 2013
Rank of low-income mothers, particularly women of color, among those expected to be hit hardest by automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester that took effect in March...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Wal-Mart goes green?   |   May 1, 2013
Percent increase Wal-Mart plans for its renewable energy production or procurement by 2020, according to a recent announcement from the Arkansas-based retail giant: 600 Kilowatt-...

 

Death in Bangladesh and Texas: Will bottom-feeder industries and their corporate customers ever put people over profits?   |   April 30, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   How many tragedies will it take before the bottom-feeders of the global economy stop their relentless, immoral search for the world's...

 

How renewable energy won in North Carolina   |   April 25, 2013
A bill that would have ended North Carolina's renewable energy program was voted down this week by a state House committee in a bipartisan vote by a surprisingly wide margin...

 

The other form of violence   |   April 19, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Newscasts these days often seem to be less a form of journalism than a kind of bizarre game show for paranoids: what horrible possibility...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Regressing further on taxes?   |   April 12, 2013
Of the world's 34 most developed nations, rank of the U.S. among the least taxed: 3 Percent of the U.S. gross domestic product represented by total tax revenue -- federal,...

 

Youth unemployment crisis hits South hard   |   April 9, 2013
Young adults continue to face high rates of unemployment, and the problem is particularly severe in Southern states, which are also grappling with other economic disparities. In...

 

Southernomics as a model?   |   April 1, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   A recent cover story for the Austin, Texas-based Progressive Populist, headlined "Southern Poverty Pimps," describes in detail...

 

VOICES: Competing federal budget plans offer a stark choice   |   March 22, 2013
By Allan Freyer, NC Policy Watch In the latest development in our nation's interminable federal budget wars, the U.S. House and Senate are advancing very different plans for...

 

A tale of two states and subsidy transparency   |   March 18, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Florida and Mississippi may come close to sharing a border, but they are worlds apart in their current approach to the disclosure of economic...