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A new union is born in the South

November 28, 2022 - The Union of Southern Service Workers is fusing labor and human rights organizing to secure livable wages, stronger safety protections, greater control over work schedules, and new respect for the African Americans and Latinos who make up the majority of its members.

Louisiana fisherfolk fear Air Products' Lake Maurepas carbon capture scheme

November 14, 2022 - New Orleans-based documentarian Jason Kerzinski recently visited Manchac, Louisiana, to talk to fisherfolk there about an international chemical company's plan to capture carbon dioxide from a nearby natural gas-to-hydrogen plant and pipe it beneath Lake Maurepas. They shared their fears about the $4.5 billion project, which will begin seismic testing on Nov. 17.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Protecting the migrant workers who rebuild after climate disaster

October 14, 2022 - Republican governors have been playing politics with migrants' lives even while their states rely on their labor to rebuild after storms. The migrants are part of a hidden and uniquely vulnerable workforce that travels from disaster to disaster — and that is now being organized by an initiative conceived in the wake of Hurricane Katrina called Resilience Force.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Investors are pushing affordable housing out of reach

July 7, 2022 - A U.S. House subcommittee recently held a hearing on how institutional investors' fast-expanding ownership of single-family rental homes is making affordable housing less accessible for renters and first-time homebuyers. Black neighborhoods and Southern metros are among those with the greatest share of investor ownership of single-family rentals.

South Carolina tire workers expose corporate subsidy, human rights abuses

June 17, 2022 - Workers at state-subsidized Giti Tire, a Singapore-based company with operations in South Carolina, report exposure to toxic substances, forced overtime, and intimidation for pro-union views. Giti workers are in the midst of an organizing drive with the United Steelworkers, and a win could open the door to organizing in a state with the nation's largest tire manufacturing industry.