Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

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...

 

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: 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...