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Job actions have Wal-Mart running scared   |   July 3, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It's déjà vu all over again at Wal-Mart. Returning to its customary practice of using intimidation to respond to demands for...

 

How taxpayers subsidize union avoidance by Wal-Mart and Nissan   |   June 10, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Most Americans have been made to believe that they have no stake in private sector labor issues. Unions, we are told, are irrelevant to the...

 

Death in Bangladesh and Texas: Will bottom-feeder industries and their corporate customers ever put people over profits?   |   April 30, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   How many tragedies will it take before the bottom-feeders of the global economy stop their relentless, immoral search for the world's...

 

The other form of violence   |   April 19, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Newscasts these days often seem to be less a form of journalism than a kind of bizarre game show for paranoids: what horrible possibility...

 

Pipeline workers walk picket line in Mississippi   |   April 12, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Brian Anderson said he and the other pipeline workers on the picket line in Columbia, Miss., have a simple message.   "We...

 

Youth unemployment crisis hits South hard   |   April 9, 2013
Young adults continue to face high rates of unemployment, and the problem is particularly severe in Southern states, which are also grappling with other economic disparities. In...

 

Union health plans will suffer under Obamacare   |   March 21, 2013
By James McGee, Labor Notes "From each according to his ability, and to each according to his need": does this sound like a model for health care reform? At a January...

 

Postal unions agitate to keep delivering the mail on time and on Saturday   |   March 13, 2013
By Jamie Partridge, Labor Notes The National Association of Letter Carriers is calling for a national day of action March 24 to save six-day delivery. Hundreds of actions, in...

 

Life after coal: Does Wales point the way?   |   March 5, 2013
By Tom Hansell and Patricia Beaver, The Daily Yonder "Communities always change, industries come and go. It was foolish of us to think at the end of the 1985 miners strike...

 

Climate change is drowning out 'jobs vs. environment' debate   |   February 15, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes The old argument that unions must choose between jobs and the environment is losing its grip, as climate change becomes more evident and more urgent....

 

Amid North Carolina anti-labor campaign, public workers score union win   |   January 17, 2013
North Carolina is already the least-unionized state in the nation, with a union membership rate of only 2.9 percent and a ban on collective bargaining by public employees. And if...

 

An action-packed 2013 in store for Southern labor   |   January 11, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The year 2013 promises to be an action-packed one for labor in the South as well as across the country. Republicans lost major ground in the national...

 

Longshoremen shut down S.C. shipping terminal in protest over deadly fire at Bangladesh Walmart supplier   |   December 20, 2012
By Kerry Taylor Longshoremen shut down the Wando Welch Shipping Terminal at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina for nearly two hours today to protest the arrival of the...

 

Hostess workers take on private equity pirates   |   December 18, 2012
By Eric Blair, Labor Notes It was a depressingly familiar scenario. Decades of mismanagement had driven the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, and other Hostess treats into...

 

With historic strikes underway and Black Friday protests planned, Walmart files complaint against union   |   November 19, 2012
Walmart filed an unfair labor practice charge last week against the United Food and Commercial Workers union, asking the National Labor Relations Board to block efforts to disrupt...

 

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million   |   November 5, 2012
By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien, Center for Public Integrity The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far doesn't appear to make anything -- other...

 

Mississippi students see labor and civil rights as their social justice movement   |   November 1, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South On the evening of March 18, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed striking sanitation workers in Memphis, and this is what he told them: "All...

 

Standing up to the bully of Bentonville   |   October 15, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The spreading job actions by Wal-Mart workers around the country, while still involving modest numbers, come across as a kind of catharsis....

 

Remembering a Southern labor legend   |   September 27, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Victor Bussie, longtime Louisiana labor leader and a legendary figure in the Southern labor movement, died at 92 a year ago this month in Baton Rouge,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

UAW vs. Nissan in Mississippi: Operation Dixie revised?   |   August 13, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Michael Carter hardly evokes the Hollywood image of a podium-pounding, fire-breathing labor agitator. With his dark blue "New York" cap,...

 

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...