Marketplace and Slate continue their series The Secret Life of a Food Stamp by asking: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more?
Slate's Andrew Bouve produced a video which estimates how much more Wal-Mart might have to charge for some products, if it raised wages high enough so that a typical worker would no longer qualify for food stamps.
Some 1,500 workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee have voted not to join the United Auto Workers union. The tally of the three-day vote follows days of political prodding from both sides of the issue.
The 712-626 vote was a devastating blow to the UAW, which had tacit support from VW. The union had hoped to make inroads in auto plants in the South, where organizers have been striving for decades to represent factory workers.
VW had even allowed organizers into the plant to make their sales pitches.
A growing group of Rockford residents is trying to combat their hometown’s reputation as a “miserable place”…while tackling some of the city’s biggest problems. About a thousand people showed up in the Coronado Theater last night for “Transform Rockford’s” first public meeting.
A company with a long Rockford history has been sold. The Rockford Register Star reports cabinet hardware manufacturer Amerock was one of the brands recently sold off by Atlanta-based Newell-Rubbermaid to London-based Nova Capital.
Northern Illinois needs a faster, more reliable electrical grid. That’s why Com Ed is being advised to build a 57-mile-long high-power transmission line stretching across four counties. The company that supplies electricity to most of the region is holding open houses about the project it’s calling “The Grand Prairie Gateway.”