Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

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...

 

Life after coal: Does Wales point the way?   |   March 5, 2013
By Tom Hansell and Patricia Beaver, The Daily Yonder "Communities always change, industries come and go. It was foolish of us to think at the end of the 1985 miners strike...

 

VOICES: As BP trial begins, Gulf businesses and communities call for ecosystem restoration and economic opportunity   |   February 26, 2013
By Jeffrey Buchanan, Oxfam America This week marks the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this young century, as the U.S. Department of Justice goes to court with global...

 

Southern states would be hit uniquely hard by sequester's military budget cuts   |   February 26, 2013
In an effort to force a compromise with congressional Republicans over $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts due to kick in this week, the White House has released a...

 

Study details economic benefits of North Carolina's threatened clean energy program   |   February 19, 2013
Some conservative lawmakers in North Carolina want to kill the state's clean energy program, but a study released this week suggests they would be delivering a blow to a still...

 

Climate change is drowning out 'jobs vs. environment' debate   |   February 15, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes The old argument that unions must choose between jobs and the environment is losing its grip, as climate change becomes more evident and more urgent....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The case for raising the minimum wage   |   February 15, 2013
Level to which President Obama called for increasing the federal minimum hourly wage in this week's State of the Union address, while indexing it to rise automatically with...

 

Thousands march for economic justice in North Carolina   |   February 11, 2013
On Saturday, Feb. 9, thousands of people from across North Carolina gathered in the state capital of Raleigh to rally for economic and social justice. The event was the seventh...

 

In Walmart and fast food, unions scaling up a strike-first strategy   |   February 5, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labor movement abuzz and gained new respect for...

 

Does UAW rally at Mississippi college signal revival of labor in the South?   |   January 31, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The gathering at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday night seemed more like an old-time revival meeting than a labor rally, but maybe that'...

 

Texas construction workers: 40 hours a week, living in poverty   |   January 28, 2013
By Equal Voice News Texas is one of the largest and most important construction markets in the country. It's driving the industry at a time when much of the country is still...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Conservatives are selling economic snake oil; is your state buying?   |   January 25, 2013
Under a plan to eliminate North Carolina's corporate and personal income taxes written by supply-side economist Arthur Laffer and commissioned by the conservative Civitas...

 

Amid North Carolina anti-labor campaign, public workers score union win   |   January 17, 2013
North Carolina is already the least-unionized state in the nation, with a union membership rate of only 2.9 percent and a ban on collective bargaining by public employees. And if...

 

VOICES: ALEC leads attack on North Carolina clean energy with Duke Energy funding   |   January 15, 2013
By Connor Gibson, Greenpeace Corporate polluters are taking aim this year at states with renewable energy laws, starting with an attack on North Carolina's clean energy...

 

An action-packed 2013 in store for Southern labor   |   January 11, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The year 2013 promises to be an action-packed one for labor in the South as well as across the country. Republicans lost major ground in the national...

 

As foreclosure crisis drags on, so does flawed government response   |   January 4, 2013
By Paul Kiel, ProPublica As the sixth year of the foreclosure crisis comes to an end, the percentage of loans in foreclosure remains a staggering eight times higher than it was in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: For the 1 percent, a fiscal gift from Congress   |   January 4, 2013
Amount by which the annual tax bill of the richest 1 percent of Americans would have increased under President Obama's original proposal to resolve the so-called "fiscal...

 

Mr. Sam's 'chintzy' treatment of workers comes home to roost   |   January 2, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South "Mr. Sam" said it best 20 years ago. "In the beginning, I was so chintzy. … I really didn't pay my employees very well,...

 

Longshoremen shut down S.C. shipping terminal in protest over deadly fire at Bangladesh Walmart supplier   |   December 20, 2012
By Kerry Taylor Longshoremen shut down the Wando Welch Shipping Terminal at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina for nearly two hours today to protest the arrival of the...

 

Protest planned for S.C. port over shipment of clothes from deadly Bangladesh factory   |   December 19, 2012
A picket is planned for Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina where garments made in the Bangladesh factory where over 100 workers died in a fire last...