Work and Economy

Dollar stores: Business success and economic failure

September 17, 2014 - Dollar Tree of Virginia and Dollar General of Tennessee are battling to take over North Carolina-based Family Dollar -- but the takeover fight isn't the most interesting part of this story, which also involves sleeping anti-trust watchdogs, wage theft and other exploitative labor practices, and a business model that profits from economic desperation.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fast-food workers strike again

September 5, 2014 - In the seventh nationwide day of protest organized over the past two years, 500 fast-food employees and allies were arrested on Sept. 4 as part of the movement to increase the workers' hourly minimum wage to $15 and to secure union organizing rights.

Art Pope vs. cooperative economics: Who will save Raleigh's food desert?

September 5, 2014 - Now that he's stepping down as North Carolina's budget director, conservative kingmaker Art Pope will have more time to devote to his discount retail company, which recently announced controversial plans to open a grocery in a historic black Raleigh neighborhood that's also a food desert. But Pope may face competition from a food cooperative offering a dramatically different business model.