Categories & Tags: right to work

VW workers not first Southern auto workers to face choice on union   |   February 12, 2014
By Lane Windham, special to Facing South All eyes are on Chattanooga, Tenn. as 1,500 Volkswagen workers file into voting booths this week to determine whether they will be...

 

VOICES: A call for a second Operation Dixie   |   September 11, 2013
By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis, The South Lawn There are no fortresses for labor; no metaphorical stone walls that we can shelter ourselves behind to try and ride out the...

 

Creating a culture of unionism in the South   |   August 20, 2013
By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis, The South Lawn One of the difficulties of organizing in the South is that the struggles here frequently occur under a veil of invisibility...

 

In North Carolina, full speed in reverse   |   January 30, 2013
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch The 2013 session of the North Carolina General Assembly gets underway in earnest today and if the statements and signals from Governor McCrory,...

 

VOICES: As Obama lays out progressive agenda, white South slips into political irrelevancy   |   January 24, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South On the Bibles of two men once reviled in the South, President Obama took the oath of office for his second term Monday, a day that also honored one of...

 

Amid North Carolina anti-labor campaign, public workers score union win   |   January 17, 2013
North Carolina is already the least-unionized state in the nation, with a union membership rate of only 2.9 percent and a ban on collective bargaining by public employees. And if...

 

The racist roots of 'right to work' laws   |   December 13, 2012
This week, Republican lawmakers in Michigan -- birthplace of the United Auto Workers and, more broadly, the U.S. labor movement -- shocked the nation by becoming the 24th state to...

 

Mississippi students see labor and civil rights as their social justice movement   |   November 1, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South On the evening of March 18, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed striking sanitation workers in Memphis, and this is what he told them: "All...

 

Remembering a Southern labor legend   |   September 27, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Victor Bussie, longtime Louisiana labor leader and a legendary figure in the Southern labor movement, died at 92 a year ago this month in Baton Rouge,...

 

Charlotte municipal workers picket for rights in runup to Democratic convention   |   August 27, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South In Charlotte, N.C., municipal employees say they are having to work 12-hour days six and seven days a week as the city prepares for the Democratic...

 

UAW vs. Nissan in Mississippi: Operation Dixie revised?   |   August 13, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Michael Carter hardly evokes the Hollywood image of a podium-pounding, fire-breathing labor agitator. With his dark blue "New York" cap,...

 

In Alabama poultry workers victory, a vote to stick together   |   June 28, 2012
By Eduardo Soriano-Castillo, Labor Notes A racially mixed workforce in an Alabama poultry plant defeated management's attempts to exploit their diversity, turning aside the...

 

UAW targets Mississippi Nissan plant for its Southern campaign   |   June 25, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South After months of speculation about where the United Auto Workers was going to focus its do-or-die Southern campaign to organize workers, the giant 3,000...

 

The price of a U.S. manufacturing revival   |   February 27, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest A few decades ago, U.S. factory jobs began moving offshore to countries that lured corporations with the prospect of weak or non-existent...

 

Unions in the crosshairs   |   February 22, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest "We'll make the unions understand full well that they are not needed, not wanted, and not welcome in the State of South Carolina,...

 

VOICES: Privatizing America for their majesty, Kings Charles and David Koch   |   February 17, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. -- I'm having this nightmare, a kind of weird, modern-day version of the movie I Walked With A Zombie. Armies of well-dressed, fresh...

 

NLRB may lose quorum in 2012, suspending recent progress   |   October 19, 2011
By Nick Johnson, Labor Notes The embattled National Labor Relations Board could soon be crippled by lack of a quorum. If that happens, conservative politicians outraged by the...

 

VOICES: Hope in Mississippi   |   July 29, 2011
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A hardened, intransigent right-wing has taken over the Republican Party and proved its willingness to take the nation to the economic brink to protect...