Categories & Tags: Work and Economy

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,...

 

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...