Work and Economy

Southern states show biggest job gains   |   July 10, 2012
If there's one consensus view about the 2012 presidential race, it's that President Obama's re-election chances will hinge greatly on whether the state of the economy...

 

Going, Going, Gone: Report finds offshoring contributes to NC’s lagging recovery   |   July 9, 2012
North Carolina’s struggling economic recovery and sluggish job creation have been dramatically slowed by a decade of offshoring, according to a new report by the NC Budget...

 

Mississippi weakens its already weak workers' compensation law   |   July 6, 2012
By Joe Atkiins, Labor South J. K. Morrison turned over in his grave on July 1. A little-known part-time investigator, slight in build, who looked older than his 68 years,...

 

Southern states get low grades for economic mobility   |   July 6, 2012
Americans like to believe that with hard work they can move up the earnings ladder -- but that's more difficult to do if you live in the South. A recent study from Pew's...

 

Duke-Progress merger wins final approval amid scrutiny over secret rate deals, leadership shakeup   |   July 3, 2012
South Carolina regulators approved the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy yesterday, the final step in the North Carolina power giants' quest to create the nation's...

 

RESTORE Act offers Gulf Coast a shot at economic mobility after the oil spill nightmare   |   July 3, 2012
By Jeffrey Buchanan, Oxfam America Out of the tragedy of the 2010 BP oil disaster, we could soon see hope emerge. New legislation, the RESTORE the Gulf Coast States Act, just...

 

UAW targets Mississippi Nissan plant for its Southern campaign   |   June 25, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South After months of speculation about where the United Auto Workers was going to focus its do-or-die Southern campaign to organize workers, the giant 3,000...

 

By the numbers: The U.S.'s growing for-profit detention industry   |   June 21, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica The growth of the private detention industry has long been a subject of scrutiny. A recent eight-part series in the New Orleans Times-Picayune...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Monkey-wrenching the Duke-Progress merger?   |   June 15, 2012
Date on which two North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill barring the state from approving the proposed merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy until the N.C. Municipal Power...

 

Farmworkers push tobacco giant Reynolds to the table   |   June 14, 2012
By Eduardo Soriano-Castillo, Labor Notes The perseverance of Farm Labor Organizing Committee activists in North Carolina paid off in early April when Reynolds American finally...

 

Louisiana government and media defend immigrant guestworker exploitation and abuse   |   June 13, 2012
By Brentin Mock, Bridge the Gulf Scott Walker's recall election survival in Wisconsin last week was tough to swallow mainly because of his stance against workers rights....

 

Guestworkers at Gulf Coast Walmart seafood supplier: ‘We feel like we are slaves’   |   June 8, 2012
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf For most people in Louisiana, cracking the shell off a crawfish, sucking the head, and swallowing the tail meat is a joyous part of what it means...

 

VOICES: Walker & Koch Inc. pull it off but the fight continues   |   June 7, 2012
By Joe, Atkins, Labor South Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker's victory in Tuesday's recall election is being called a crushing blow to organized labor in this...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting nuclear power's money grab   |   May 31, 2012
Date on which the Southern Co. filed a notice with federal securities regulators reporting that its project to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle in Burke County, Ga. was...

 

Restaurant workers set sights on Walmart wannabe: Darden   |   May 30, 2012
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Restaurant workers organizing with the Restaurant Opportunities Center have trained their sights on their most ambitious target yet -- a giant chain...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fracking's dangers for workers   |   May 25, 2012
Number of workers employed by the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry: 435,000 Percent of those workers employed by well servicing companies, including those that conduct...

 

175 birds a minute?   |   May 25, 2012
Without first studying the effects on assembly line workers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has changed the rule on line speeds at poultry plants for the first time in more...

 

Banking on Boeing   |   May 21, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Recent passage of a piece of federal legislation on a broadly bipartisan basis was considered unusual enough for the Washington Post to treat...

 

VOICES: A new Emancipation Day for Florida's farmworkers?   |   May 18, 2012
On May 20, 1865 United States General Edward M. McCook gave the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the state of Florida. It was a moment that African Americans had...

 

Common ground on the kill floor: Organizing Smithfield   |   May 3, 2012
By David Bacon, Labor Notes Keith Ludlum (in photo) and Terry Slaughter are two slaughterhouse workers who helped organize the union at the Smithfield Foods plant in Tar Heel,...

 

New Mississippi law boosts local hiring in disaster's wake   |   May 3, 2012
Following Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, Gulf Coast community leaders raised concerns about the failure to prioritize hiring local residents for recovery jobs -- but an...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Duke Energy takes from the 99%, gives to data giants   |   May 2, 2012
Date on which the energy watchdog group N.C. WARN filed a petition with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to change the way Duke Energy sets its electricity rates: 5/1/2012...

 

BP sees a return to grandeur as Gulf fishermen reel from disaster   |   May 1, 2012
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf The second memorial of the nation's worst oil catastrophe has come and gone, forever linked to Earth Day and seared into the psyches of...

 

Wal-Mart and Watergate   |   April 27, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Wal-Mart has been probably been accused of more types of misconduct than any other large corporation. The latest additions to the list are...

 

VOICES: Proud to pay taxes   |   April 17, 2012
By Alexandra Forter Sirota, NC Policy Watch As the final days of tax season come and go, North Carolinians are likely breathing a sigh of relief that they have fulfilled their...