Categories & Tags: minimum wage

INSTITUTE INDEX: The post-recession shift to low-wage jobs leaves Southern workers struggling   |   February 4, 2016
Total number of jobs created in Southern states* since their unemployment rates peaked during the Great Recession that began in late 2007: nearly 4.3 million Average annual wage...

 

Charleston workers bring Fight for $15 agenda to South Carolina Democratic debate   |   January 22, 2016
As the Democratic Party held its fourth presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina this week, more than 1,000 low-wage workers shut down the city's streets demanding...

 

7 big wins for Southern progress in 2015   |   December 18, 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, we look back and celebrate progress made toward building a better South. The past year was a momentous one on many fronts, with a historic victory on gay...

 

Southern workers turn out in force to Fight for $15   |   November 13, 2015
Thousands of fast-food and other low-wage workers across the U.S. took part in strikes and protest rallies this week calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fast-food workers get ready for biggest strike yet in Fight for $15   |   November 6, 2015
Date on which U.S. fast-food workers are planning another nationwide strike in their fight for a $15 hourly wage and union rights: 11/10/2015 Number of cities where protests at...

 

Is $15 an hour enough?   |   October 13, 2015
Across the South and the rest of the country, workers and their advocates have been fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage, more than double the current federal minimum wage of $...

 

In Bible Belt, Sanders seeks common ground on morality and justice   |   September 15, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams Avowed democratic socialist and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday gave a rousing lesson in morality to thousands of students at the...

 

More than a flag: South Carolina dockers push racial justice forward   |   August 31, 2015
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes After nine African American churchgoers were shot to death in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, longshoreman Leonard Riley Jr. was buoyed by the...

 

Organizing for affordable housing in the South   |   June 19, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Why I went to Detroit: Reflections on the Fight for $15 movement   |   June 12, 2015
By Anna Swauger I've been on strike four times. Not something many people would expect from a worker living in North Carolina, but the Fight for $15 is not an ordinary...

 

How the retail industry maintains racial inequality — and how to fix that   |   June 11, 2015
A new paper from the think tank Demos and the NAACP examines race in the retail industry, finding major inequities between black and Latino workers on the one hand and their white...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Momentum builds in the Fight for $15   |   April 17, 2015
Number of workers nationwide who took part in this week's Fight for $15 demonstrations calling for a pay hike for low-wage workers: 60,000 Number of U.S. cities where Fight...

 

What does Walmart's wage hike mean for workers?   |   February 20, 2015
With great fanfare, this week retail giant Walmart announced it would be boosting starting wages for its employees to $9 an hour beginning in April and again to $10 in February...

 

Mixed picture for Southern unions   |   February 5, 2015
Last year, nearly 2.2 million workers in Southern states belonged to unions, and, despite a difficult climate for union organizing, five states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida,...

 

Servers, not servants   |   February 2, 2015
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes While I was writing about sexual harassment of women workers at Ford, restaurant workers reminded me that 37 percent of Equal Employment Opportunity...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: States of inequality   |   January 30, 2015
Percent of U.S. states that have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades: 100 Of the 50 states, number where the wealthiest 1 percent captured at least half of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting for $15, and winning   |   December 5, 2014
Number of cities where fast food and other low-wage workers went on strike this week to demand a $15 minimum hourly wage and the right to form a union: 190 Year in which the...

 

Ballot proposals across the South: The good, the bad, and the ugly   |   November 5, 2014
Voters across the South didn't vote just for politicians this week: They also weighed in on state and local ballot propositions dealing with hot-button issues including the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fast-food workers strike again   |   September 5, 2014
Number of fast-food workers and their allies arrested in nationwide protests Sept. 4 demanding raises and union organizing rights: 500 Number of cities where the sit-ins took...

 

Art Pope vs. cooperative economics: Who will save Raleigh's food desert?   |   September 5, 2014
Art Pope, a prominent donor to conservative causes and close ally to the influential Koch brothers, steps down as North Carolina's budget director this week, a move that frees...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Striking for fast-food justice   |   May 15, 2014
Date on which fast-food workers across the United States and around the world are taking part in a one-day strike for higher pay and the right to unionize: 5/15/2014 Number of...

 

VOICES: Why this fast-food worker is going on strike   |   May 15, 2014
By Eddie Foreman My name's Eddie Foreman. I'm 40 years old, and I was born in Lee County, Alabama. I've been living in Opelika, Alabama since I was a child. I'm...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Does raising the minimum wage really kill jobs?   |   February 21, 2014
Level to which the Fair Minimum Wage Act that's been proposed in Congress would raise the hourly minimum wage: $10.10 Percent by which the current minimum wage of $7.25 an...

 

Showdowns loom at Southern auto plants   |   February 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A group of workers, preachers and activists traveled from Mississippi to Detroit recently to proclaim what should be a core issue of 2014. "Labor...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Striking for fast food justice   |   August 30, 2013
Number of U.S. cities where fast food workers waged strikes this week as part of a campaign to raise wages: 58 Number of those cities in the South: 11* Number of workers in the...