Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

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...

 

Charlotte municipal workers picket for rights in runup to Democratic convention   |   August 27, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South In Charlotte, N.C., municipal employees say they are having to work 12-hour days six and seven days a week as the city prepares for the Democratic...

 

Extraction and disclosure   |   August 24, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission often behaves like a watchdog with no teeth, but it has just stood up to intense pressure from big...

 

Southern Workers Assembly coming to Charlotte on Labor Day   |   August 20, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A call to action has gone out to make this Labor Day, Sept. 3, also the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., truly a...

 

Gulf fishermen face hard decisions over BP settlement   |   August 17, 2012
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf At the Gulf Organized Fisheries in Solidarity & Hope (GO FISH) conference held August 4 in Westwego, La., oysterman Byron Encalade of Pointe a...

 

The risks of being employed   |   August 6, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest For those out of work for an extended period, unemployment can feel like a slow death. Perhaps the only thing worse is the rapid death or...

 

Nissan workers seek fair shake in Mississippi plant   |   August 3, 2012
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes United Auto Workers President Bob King says organizing foreign-owned auto plants is make-or-break for the shrinking union, but it's been 11...

 

Chick-fil-A's history of workplace discrimination   |   August 2, 2012
In the debate raging over Chick-fil-A's position on gay rights, some defenders of the Georgia-based fast-food chain have claimed that despite Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy...

 

In Tennessee, new grassroots organizing efforts seek social justice   |   August 1, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The old, tired image of the laid-back Southerner too happy and content with his lot to protest is being laid to rest -- again -- in Tennessee, where...

 

Time for a new debate about business success   |   July 30, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It’s only a few months to the presidential election, and the economy is still a mess, yet the candidates have been arguing over the...

 

Backlash over Duke-Progress merger intensifies   |   July 27, 2012
The storm of controversy over Duke Energy's $32 billion merger with Progress Energy is intensifying, with the Charlotte, N.C.-based company facing a credit downgrade,...

 

VOICES: The labor law reform we need   |   July 13, 2012
By Rand Wilson, Labor Notes When the next opportunity for labor law reform arrives, union membership will be smaller and our political clout even more diminished. If we are to...

 

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,...