Work and Economy

Hostess workers take on private equity pirates   |   December 18, 2012
By Eric Blair, Labor Notes It was a depressingly familiar scenario. Decades of mismanagement had driven the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, and other Hostess treats into...

 

The reality of the U.S. violence epidemic beyond Sandy Hook   |   December 17, 2012
Friday's massacre of 20 first-grade students and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. by a disturbed young man who also killed his mother has...

 

The recession takes a heavy toll on children -- and not just in the South   |   December 14, 2012
Before the current recession, Southern states accounted for two-thirds of those with child poverty rates over 20 percent. But today, states in the region account for less than...

 

Out of the Bangladesh tragedy may come global worker solidarity   |   December 13, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The horrible tragedy at the Tazreen garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, may become a milestone in the development of true global solidarity among...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Duke Energy merger settlements leave watchdogs barking mad   |   December 6, 2012
Date on which Duke Energy settled both the N.C. Utilities Commission's and attorney general's investigations into its controversial $32 billion merger with Progress Energy...

 

With historic strikes underway and Black Friday protests planned, Walmart files complaint against union   |   November 19, 2012
Walmart filed an unfair labor practice charge last week against the United Food and Commercial Workers union, asking the National Labor Relations Board to block efforts to disrupt...

 

Gas drilling drags down home values in communities that depend on well water   |   November 13, 2012
A study that examined the impact of shale gas development on housing values in a county at the center of the U.S. drilling boom found that energy extraction can present a mixed...

 

VOICES: Same ol' poor ol' South on the losing side   |   November 12, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Labor, civil rights, immigration and other social justice activists will gather in Charleston, S.C., December 7-9 to convene the 9th bi-annual Southern...

 

VOICES: Presidential politics vs. workers' rights   |   October 24, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Just a couple weeks to election day, and Americans will see how far Big Money can determine the political future of this nation. The world has changed...

 

Standing up to the bully of Bentonville   |   October 15, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The spreading job actions by Wal-Mart workers around the country, while still involving modest numbers, come across as a kind of catharsis....

 

The world's retail Goliath notices its workers aren't happy   |   October 10, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The world's retail Goliath may be finally feeling some pain as a result of the growing number of slingshot-wielding Davids at its feet....

 

Chipotle fair-food agreement is the latest win for Florida farmworkers   |   October 8, 2012
A six-year campaign for justice has ended with a big win for a Florida farmworkers' rights group. Last week Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill signed an agreement with the...

 

Southern lawmakers earn low grades for efforts to address income inequality   |   October 5, 2012
Though the South is the region of the United States with the greatest concentration of income inequality, its representatives in Congress are doing a poor job of addressing the...

 

Ignoring the nation's poor: A political peril in 2012?   |   September 28, 2012
By Jeffrey Buchanan, Oxfam America The campaign rhetoric and the media coverage of an election focused on our economy have largely overlooked a major national economic shift: the...

 

North Carolina workers share experiences of wage theft   |   September 25, 2012
By NC Policy Watch Wage theft -- an employer's underpayment or nonpayment of wages to workers who have earned those wages -- has severe financial consequences for workers,...

 

Corporations are the real moochers   |   September 21, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The firestorm over Mitt Romney's closed-door comments depicting nearly half the U.S. population as parasites is coming mainly from those...

 

Report details fracking's economic toll on local communities   |   September 21, 2012
The environmental and health risks of fracking for natural gas -- including contaminated water and polluted air -- have been well-documented. But the controversial drilling...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The reality behind Romney's tax moocher claims   |   September 19, 2012
Date on which Mother Jones magazine released a video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney telling wealthy donors that "47 percent" of U.S. voters "pay...

 

Oil and water create an uncertain future in the Southern wild   |   September 14, 2012
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf Cajun fishing and hunting guide Ryan Lambert has weathered his share of storms over the years. He rebuilt his house and lodge deep in the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A bright moment for solar power, but clouds ahead?   |   September 14, 2012
Percent by which the U.S. solar energy market grew between the first and second quarters of 2012: 45 Rank of 2012's second quarter among the solar market's best quarters...

 

VOICES: Union rights should be civil rights   |   September 13, 2012
By Rick Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit, Labor Notes After 60 years of labor law heavily tilted toward employers, it's time to rebalance the scales by making labor organizing a...

 

Poultry giant reports gains as workers protest conditions   |   September 10, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Sanderson Farms Inc., the same poultry giant where workers at its Hazelhurst, Miss., plant are protesting horrible working conditions, has just posted...

 

A bill of rights for North Carolina workers   |   September 3, 2012
By Ajamu Dillahunt, N.C. Justice Center Laws that protect workers from abusive employers, unsafe conditions, and destitution in times of unemployment or other crises are found in...

 

We subsidized it   |   August 31, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest We Built It. The Romney campaign and the wider conservative movement believe they have a winner in a slogan designed to refute President Obama...

 

The environmental health costs of a petrochemical future for North Carolina   |   August 30, 2012
A chemical industry trade group is touting a job-creating side benefit of fracking in North Carolina, claiming that building a plant to process natural gas into the petrochemical...