Labor

Who benefits from a wage increase?

June 27, 2006 - The Senate may have shot down an effort to boost the minimum wage last week, but the movement is still alive in the states. In North Carolina, a bill to increase the state minimum wage by one dollar, House Bill 2174, passed the state House, but the state Senate Commerce Committee has not taken it up yet.

Unions, the South and Justice at Smithfield

June 16, 2006 - North Carolina has one of the lowest rates of workers in unions in the country. Every year, the Old North state battles with its Carolina cousin to the South for the state with the lowest union density. In 2005, 3.9% of NC's workers were in a union.

4,000 textile jobs lost

By R. Neal
May 23, 2006 - A textile mill company is shutting down operations in South Carolina and Alabama, and the job losses will be significant:

Big win for labor in Florida

By R. Neal
May 2, 2006 - In an update on a janitor's strike that has been going on for two months at the University of Miami, where former Clinton Secretary of Health and Human Services

The small things

May 2, 2006 - One part of the story of today's historic May Day boycott will be the big rallies in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and Orlando -- the third wave of major demonstrations in the last two months for the growing immigrant rights movement.

Fair wages campaign kicks off in NC today

April 5, 2006 - This week, a coalition of groups -- including ACORN, AFL-CIO, NAACP, NC Council of Churches, NC Justice Center, and Institute for Southern Studies -- are launching a new coalition: North Carolinians for Fair Wages. The coalition's immediate goal is to pass an 85 cent increase in the state minimum wage in 2006, which has a very good chance of passing.