Labor

Business & Economy
2:24 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fast Food Workers Shut Down Street in Durham, NC; 26 Arrested

Fast food workers wearing uniforms and 'Raise Up for $15' t-shirts sat in the middle of Morgan Street in downtown Durham.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Fast food workers in North Carolina rallied Thursday in support of a $15-an-hour minimum wage.  As in New York City, Detroit and Chicago, some workers chose civil disobedience.

Fast food workers came from Charlotte, Raleigh and other cities to lock arms with workers in Durham.  And at lunch time, right in the middle of Morgan Street, across from a McDonald’s, dozens of demonstrators sat down, and chanted.

“We can’t survive on $7.25! We can’t survive on $7.25!”

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Thu September 4, 2014

An Investigative Report Documents Cheaters Costing North Carolina Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

Photo of corner of Trust and Belief from News and Observer's Contracted to Cheat series.
Credit TRAVIS LONG — tlong@newsobserver.com

A yearlong investigative report by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer documents that North Carolina has lost nearly a half-billion dollars each year uncollected state and federal tax revenue from the misclassification of workers. 

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The State of Things
12:26 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Asheville’s Just Economics Impact on Workers

Just Economics is trying to get a living wage for working class in Western North Carolina.
Credit http://justeconomicswnc.org/

  The Asheville nonprofit Just Economics has been pushing for local businesses to pay a living wage. 

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Battle For Labor Unions In North Carolina

Keith Ludlum is the president of UFCW local 1208 and led the charge for unions in North Carolina slaughterhouses.
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In 2008, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union and Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel, NC reached an agreement to end a 16-year fight for better worker conditions. 

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Clergy Says ‘Labor Union’ Aren’t Bad Words

Amy Laura Hall has organized the Labor Sabbath movement in North Carolina.
Credit hearldsun.org

Some North Carolinians cringe at the phrase ‘labor union.’ 

In the right to work state, some opponents say unions cause harm to private businesses and do not benefit workers. This weekend in churches, synagogues and other holy places some clergy will talk about unions as part of a Labor Sabbath movement.  

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The State of Things
11:13 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Do Taxi Drivers Experience Time Differently Than Business Travelers? Or Yoga Instructors?

In the Meantime Temporality and Cultural Politics
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The idea that the world is getting faster is fairly common claim but what does that really mean?  How does our perception of time affect our bodies and our communities? Sarah Sharma, professor of media and cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, examines how labor changes the way people experience time. 

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The Rebirth Of The North Carolina Textile Industry

An employee performs quality control on clothing made at the Mortex textile mill in Wendell, North Carolina
Credit USDAgov, via Flickr

  

For decades, the textile industry was an essential part of North Carolina’ economy. But the industry took a huge hit in the early 2000s due to outsourcing and high rates of automation.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

June Atkinson On The Fight To Save NC Schools

Teachers demonstrate Monday morning outside Riverside High School in Durham
Credit Dave DeWitt

    

This week, North Carolina teachers protested funding shortages in the education system by staging walk-ins across the state.

Many were upset by budget cuts that affect instruction for the state’s more than 1.5 million students. Host Frank Stasio talks to North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson about the plight facing the state’s K-12 education system.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Evolving Labor Movement in North Carolina

Fast Food Strikes, NYC, July 2013
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Across the country today, thousands of fast food workers are walking off their jobs to demand a living wage and the right to unionize. WalMart employees have also walked off the job as part of an effort to force the company to change their policies. WalMart workers will again strike nationwide next week.

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Business & Economy
2:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Study Reveals Poor Conditions For Female Migrant Domestic Workers

Female migrant domestic workers often face less than ideal conditions at their new homes.
Credit Evil Erin

It's not uncommon for women from developing countries to migrate to richer nations looking for jobs and better living conditions. They often find jobs as domestic workers, but all too often, these women experience abuse, illness, mental health problems and limited access to medical care once they arrive at their new homes.

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