Work and Economy

Unions, faith leaders step up efforts against Alabama immigration law   |   April 4, 2012
A major labor union lodged a complaint against the U.S. government this week with the United Nation's International Labor Organization over Alabama's harsh immigration law...

 

Pressing grocery chains, Florida tomato pickers start to feel gains   |   March 30, 2012
By Eduardo Soriano-Castillo, Labor Notes Calling on a generations-old tradition to dramatize the abuses in farm labor, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers held a weeklong fast in...

 

N.C. Attorney General appeals Duke Energy rate hike   |   March 29, 2012
North Carolina's Attorney General is challenging Duke Energy's recent rate hike in court, citing concerns that the company's shareholders are getting too much at the...

 

Con JOBS   |   March 23, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Bipartisanship in Washington is back from the dead, at least for the moment, but its reappearance illustrates what happens when the two major...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The war on women's wages   |   March 22, 2012
Percent less women earned than men for a week of full-time work in 2011: 17.8 Percentage points that figure declined from 2010: 1 Percentage of that decline due to real wages...

 

Another Supreme Court boost for corporate unaccountability?   |   March 13, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Global corporations often think they are above the law, but for more than a decade some of the most egregious human rights and environmental...

 

Having fled, immigrants again trickle back to Alabama   |   March 8, 2012
By Cheryl Aguilar, New America Media When Alabama passed HB56 last year, the mostly Latino crowd at Birmingham's Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church began to thin. Nine...

 

Bankruptcy returns as a tool to crack unions   |   March 6, 2012
By Mischa Gaus, Labor Notes With $4 billion cash in hand, why did American Airlines' parent company declare bankruptcy in November? Taking a page from its competitors,...

 

Creative organizing at Walmart   |   March 1, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A new strategy to push workers' rights at the world's largest retailer, Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart, is utilizing what has been called...

 

The price of a U.S. manufacturing revival   |   February 27, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest A few decades ago, U.S. factory jobs began moving offshore to countries that lured corporations with the prospect of weak or non-existent...

 

Unions in the crosshairs   |   February 22, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest "We'll make the unions understand full well that they are not needed, not wanted, and not welcome in the State of South Carolina,...

 

North Carolina convenience-store chain targeted for ignoring abuse of tobacco pickers   |   February 20, 2012
Activists are targeting the Southeast's largest independent convenience-store chain over its chairman's refusal to discuss how the company could help end human rights...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A budget for the 99 percent?   |   February 16, 2012
Amount of new revenue that the budget plan unveiled this week by President Obama would collect from the wealthiest Americans: $1.4 trillion Current top tax rate for the...

 

Can labor organize the unemployed?   |   February 15, 2012
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Wrenching testimonies from laid-off workers are overflowing the internet, crying out from the pages of policy reports, and popping up in commercial...

 

Wage war: Employers stealing millions from US workers   |   February 13, 2012
By Kathy Mulady, Equal Voice News Workers nationwide are losing millions of dollars each week to wage theft as their employers, some unscrupulous, others scrambling to keep their...

 

Civil rights groups call on Alabama automakers to oppose HB 56   |   February 8, 2012
By Elena Shore, New America Media Civil rights groups are turning to a new potential ally in the fight against Alabama's harsh immigration law: the state's top automakers...

 

Facebook's dubious social mission   |   February 6, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The Blues Brothers claimed they were on a mission from God. Mark Zuckerberg, whose $17 billion fortune is about to become even larger thanks...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The truth behind Gingrich's false food-stamp claims   |   January 24, 2012
Date on which Republican presidential candidate and former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich, speaking during a debate in South Carolina, claimed that "more people have been...

 

Romney bites the government hand that has fed his fortune   |   January 18, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Occupy Wall Street may be getting less attention in the corporate media these days, but the movement's message about the brutal and...

 

Is Duke Energy favoring Wall Street over Main Street?   |   January 17, 2012
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is fighting Duke Energy's proposed 7.2 percent rate hike, arguing that it unfairly favors Wall Street investors while burdening...

 

Dr. King's march to Occupy D.C. for economic justice   |   January 16, 2012
On December 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. announced that he was launching the "second phase" in the civil rights struggle: A Poor People's Campaign that would...

 

Wage theft cost North Carolina workers, communities millions in 2011   |   January 12, 2012
Documented wage theft cost North Carolina workers and their communities an estimated $4.7 million in 2011, according to a new report released Monday. The North Carolina Justice...

 

A pivotal year for Southern workers   |   January 12, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The year 2012 promises to be an interesting and potentially pivotal one for workers in the South and nation as politicians on the national level vie to...

 

Shining a light on one of North Carolina's dirtiest secrets   |   January 6, 2012
By Rob Schofield, N.C. Policy Watch According to the folks on Right-wing Avenue, there really aren't many (if any) poor people in North Carolina. You know this rap -- it'...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Tax policy widens gap between rich and poor   |   January 4, 2012
Percent by which average after-tax income, adjusted for inflation, grew between 1996 and 2006, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service: 25...