Categories & Tags: tennessee

Stop feeding the hand that bites us   |   September 12, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes When Volkswagen finally agreed to build its new SUV in Chattanooga, Tennessee politicians crowed over the promise of 2,000 new jobs. Union-...

 

Republicans make big advances thanks to Citizens United   |   September 5, 2014
It's been more than four years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling that expanded the ability of...

 

Moral Monday: 'Take it to the states'   |   August 22, 2014
In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. told those participating in the March on Washington that it was "the greatest demonstration...

 

Kellogg Co. workers in Memphis finally back at work, no thanks to Kellogg or CEO John Bryant   |   August 15, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Robert McGowen holds no bitter feelings about the 10 months he stood on the highway outside the Kellogg Co. plant in Memphis protesting the...

 

Minority union at Volkswagen, for now   |   July 28, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes For Volkswagen workers organizing in Tennessee, it's been a roller coaster of a year. In the latest upbeat twist, the United Auto Workers...

 

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...

 

NC leads nation in surge of people living in high-poverty areas   |   July 8, 2014
After declining between 1990 and 2000, the portion of the U.S. population living in high-poverty communities grew significantly in the past decade -- and most dramatically in...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Unions as a remedy for growing income inequality   |   June 20, 2014
Average CEO compensation in 2013, according to a study released this month: $15.2 million Percent by which CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, increased from 1978 to 2013: 937...

 

The high cost of government corruption to the South   |   June 13, 2014
How much does government corruption cost state taxpayers? That's the question two professors considered in a recent study that compares rates of corruption -- defined as the...

 

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...

 

Meet the NC officials who promoted a far-right conspiracy theory to discredit environmental sustainability   |   April 16, 2014
The state of North Carolina has no shortage of serious environmental problems to worry about, from coal ash contaminating rivers, to massive sewage spills, to rising seas caused...

 

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...

 

Pro-union Nissan worker in Mississippi: The UAW-VW vote in Chattanooga only 'made us stronger'   |   March 3, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Chip Wells, 43, an 11-year veteran at the 5,200-employee Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., says the recent bad news coming out of the Volkswagen plant in...

 

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...

 

3 lessons from the VW union defeat in Tennessee   |   February 17, 2014
Forty-four votes. If 44 workers at Volkwagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. -- less than 3 percent of the plant's 1,560 hourly employees -- had voted "yes"...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Kellogg's delivers Memphis a slap in the face   |   January 20, 2014
By Steve Payne, Labor Notes "I went to the 'Gold Palace,' Kellogg headquarters, last year," said Trence Jackson, an officer of BCTGM Local 252G. "They had a...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A call for racial justice in energy policy   |   December 20, 2013
Date on which the NAACP released a report looking at state energy policy from a racial justice angle: 12/17/2013 Of the three states* the report found to have the best energy...

 

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...

 

The overlooked fight against voter ID in Tennessee   |   November 1, 2013
Often overlooked in discussions around state voter ID law battles is Tennessee. North Carolina and Texas currently warrant attention given the lawsuits that have been filed there...

 

Auto Workers try a new angle at Volkswagen   |   October 29, 2013
 By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes  The United Auto Workers, so long frustrated in their attempts to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S., may have found a...

 

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...