March 24, 2011 -
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestAfter hearing the term "meltdown" used so often as a metaphor for the
financial crisis, it is shocking to confront the prospect of a literal
meltdown at some of Japan's nuclear reactors in the wake of the
devastating earthquake and tsunami. There is something the two
situations have in common: corporate misconduct.
The company that operates the heavily damaged reactors, Tokyo
Electric Power (TEPCO), is one of the most unethical large corporations
February 11, 2011 -
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestI was just beginning to recover from President Obama's dismaying
speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce when I found myself in the middle
of another effort to gloss over the misdeeds of big business. This
occurred at the annual conference of the BlueGreen Alliance, which
brought together some 1,600 labor and environmental activists to discuss
the prospects for a sustainable economy but also invited
representatives of some supposedly enlightened corporations.
January 21, 2011 -
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestMuch of the discussion of Hu Jintao's visit to the United States is
focused on China's treatment of its dissidents and its workers, but
another issue is becoming increasingly important: the treatment of U.S.
workers by the Chinese companies that are rapidly expanding their
presence in the United States.
Hu's decision to include a stop in Chicago is not meant primarily as
an homage to President Obama's hometown. He wants to spotlight a