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Populists and Bourbons are fighting again, 21st century style, in Mississippi   |   July 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- More than a century ago the "forgotten man" of Mississippi and across the South -- the farmer, the common worker...

 

UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga latest example of creative organizing in the South   |   July 17, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The United Auto Workers' decision last week to move forward with establishing UAW Local 42 for Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn. shows the...

 

Hundreds rally for a union election at Mississippi Nissan plant during Freedom Summer gathering   |   July 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   CANTON, Miss. -- The June 27 pro-union rally by an estimated 400 students, activists, ministers and workers in front of the mile-long...

 

SNCC veterans and young activists testify to workers' rights as civil rights at Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference   |   June 30, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Larry Rubin, field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at the height of the Civil Rights...

 

Nissan's Smyrna, Tenn. workers fear retaliation if they report on-the-job injuries, survey shows   |   June 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Back in December 2006, several workers with Nissan's $3.5 billion, 6,500-employee plant in Smyrna, Tenn., traveled to Mississippi to...

 

Chiquita's abandonment of Gulfport for New Orleans latest chapter for a company with a long, sordid history   |   May 16, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South It was on this day (May 15, 2014) 123 years ago that Pope Leo XIII issued his landmark encyclical Rerum Novarum, also known as "The Condition of...

 

UAW takes its case against Nissan in Mississippi to a global court   |   May 2, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The United Auto Workers, frustrated with the weakness of U.S. labor laws, has taken its case against Nissan's anti-union behavior at its Canton, MS...

 

Was the police state that was Mississippi a model for the nation?   |   April 17, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. -- They wanted to know about your phone calls, your conversations, your meetings with others, your political leanings, your opinions, your...

 

VOICES: Another lying Tennessee politician exposed in the UAW-VW vote in Chattanooga   |   April 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Another lying Tennessee politician has been exposed in the aftermath of the Valentine's Day 712-626 vote rejecting United Auto Workers...

 

NLRB says Kellogg lockout in Memphis violates federal labor law   |   April 1, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Just days after a false report circulated that Kellogg Co. was finally willing to negotiate with the 226 unionized workers it locked out of its...

 

Snowden and the South's history of spying   |   March 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Yours truly was on a panel titled "What We Learn from the Snowden/NSA Files" held at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics...

 

Locked-out Kellogg worker in Memphis: Company leaders 'don't care about our families'   |   February 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Robert McGowen, a 23-year-veteran at the Kellogg plant in Memphis, Tenn., waved to another passing carload of people beeping their support of the...

 

Showdowns loom at Southern auto plants   |   February 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A group of workers, preachers and activists traveled from Mississippi to Detroit recently to proclaim what should be a core issue of 2014. "Labor...

 

Cereal maker Kellogg's union-busting in Memphis would make 'Boss' Crump happy   |   January 27, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Memphis, Tenn., is the city where political strongman E. H. "Boss" Crump launched what labor historian Michael Honey called a...

 

The U.S. Gulag: Incarceration and the 'immorality' of private prisons   |   December 17, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Mariachi guitarist Johnny Mora's bout with drugs was years in his past, but the legacy of jail time it led to is as...

 

Remembering the late Mississippi populist Gov. Bill Allain preaching social justice to 3,000 Pentecostals   |   December 9, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   More than 3,000 Pentecostals had gathered under their giant tabernacle in Raymond, Miss., that July night back in 1985. It was what one...

 

Modern-day Southern 'nullifiers' continue a long tradition   |   November 15, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Way back in 1988, I sat across from Strom Thurmond in his Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C., and listened as he explained his...

 

A 'crimmigration' conference, Walmart on the dole in Mississippi, and Kellogg locks out Memphis workers   |   November 6, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South It's time for another Labor South roundup, and this one tells of the upcoming "Crimmigration" conference sponsored by the Mississippi...

 

Southern right-wingers wage war against labor   |   October 21, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   The Southern Right-Wing's assault on labor remains under the radar of most mainstream media even as it becomes increasingly war-like...

 

AFL-CIO resolves to organize the South   |   September 12, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Delegates at the 2013 convention of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles this week adopted a a resolution proposed by the Savannah (Ga.) Regional Central Council...

 

Old-fashioned American hypocrisy: The NAACP partners with Nissan, and Walmart pushes 'Made in America'   |   August 27, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The central theme of this short Labor South round-up could be hypocrisy. What would Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers say? At the recent 50th...

 

Burmese Days: Walmart licking its chops over Myanmar   |   August 16, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Walmart publicly preached "Buy America" three decades ago, and the Arkansas-based retail giant imported less than 6 percent of the products...

 

Students find their cause in the UAW for Nissan's Mississippi workers   |   August 9, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South CANTON, Miss. -- Hayat Mohamed has a cause. "We are different from other generations," says the 19-year-old English major at nearby Tougaloo...

 

VOICES: Southerners take to the streets   |   July 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The lingering image of the happy-go-lucky Southerner, content with his lot, happy to get a pat on the head from the local patriarch, is being shaken to...

 

In Mississippi, Nissan's ironic disconnect on civil rights and unions   |   May 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- My old friend Ray Smithhart would have loved the irony of union-fighting manufacturer Nissan making a gift of $100,000 to...