Economy

Fast food worker hopeful for labor revival

July 15, 2014 - Eighty workers and activists gathered at Charleston's Avery Research Center on July 8 to celebrate recent union victories in South Carolina and to discuss their plans to "Organize the South." Thelma Frasier, who has helped lead the campaign to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage and a union for fast food workers, was among the featured panelists and reports on the event.

Cantor's collapse and crony capitalism

June 13, 2014 - We tend to think that promoting anger at big business is a theme of the Left, but conservative libertarians such as David Brat, who defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week in Virginia's GOP primary, have their own version of this critique.

The shadows behind conservatives' sunny NC jobs claims

June 4, 2014 - A new conservative advocacy group called Carolina Rising says a falling unemployment rate is good news for North Carolina's economy. But economists warn of ominous developments behind the numbers, including people dropping out of the workforce and a shift toward low-wage jobs. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are considering new cuts to unemployment benefits.