Categories & Tags: union busting

'Employee engagement' no subsitute for a union at VW   |   December 18, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes What should we make of the latest twist at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen plant? Management announced in November that it will recognize...

 

Is justice near for New Orleans teachers wrongly fired after Katrina?   |   August 27, 2014
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education saw the disaster as an opportunity 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Job actions have Wal-Mart running scared   |   July 3, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It's déjà vu all over again at Wal-Mart. Returning to its customary practice of using intimidation to respond to demands for...

 

VOICES: NSA spying comes as no surprise to Gulf Coast advocates   |   June 18, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf It sounds like the stuff of movie scripts and novel fodder, the idea of darkly clothed men sneaking in and out of hotel rooms, leaving behind...

 

What's needed for labor success in the South: Some Holiness fire!   |   March 4, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South TOUGALOO, Miss. -- I'm a Catholic now, but I grew up in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. My grandfather was a Holiness preacher. I know about...

 

In Walmart and fast food, unions scaling up a strike-first strategy   |   February 5, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labor movement abuzz and gained new respect for...

 

Does UAW rally at Mississippi college signal revival of labor in the South?   |   January 31, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The gathering at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday night seemed more like an old-time revival meeting than a labor rally, but maybe that'...

 

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...

 

Preaching Koch Brothers gospel on public education   |   September 17, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Barack Obama, then still a U.S. senator from Illinois, said this back in 2006 about teachers, unions and education: "If we're serious about...

 

VOICES: Union rights should be civil rights   |   September 13, 2012
By Rick Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit, Labor Notes After 60 years of labor law heavily tilted toward employers, it's time to rebalance the scales by making labor organizing a...

 

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,...

 

Lacking contracts, New Orleans teachers use old-school tactics   |   August 8, 2012
By Theresa Moran, Labor Notes Just months after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans fired all 7,500 of its teachers. After a seven-year legal battle, the teachers union won...

 

Nissan workers seek fair shake in Mississippi plant   |   August 3, 2012
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes United Auto Workers President Bob King says organizing foreign-owned auto plants is make-or-break for the shrinking union, but it's been 11...

 

Common ground on the kill floor: Organizing Smithfield   |   May 3, 2012
By David Bacon, Labor Notes Keith Ludlum (in photo) and Terry Slaughter are two slaughterhouse workers who helped organize the union at the Smithfield Foods plant in Tar Heel,...

 

Prevailing Voices, Stories of Triumph and Survival (1982)   |   August 31, 1982
Excerpt from "Bucking the System": (Lumberton), smaller towns and the vast farm lands owned chiefly by whites and Lumbee Indians follow a tradition of segregation. Robeson also...

 

Joiners and Jacklegs (1980)   |   March 1, 1980
Excerpt from The Cover Section: I was visiting Monticello for the first time, joining thousands of other bicentennial pilgrims to the Charlottesville home of Thomas Jefferson. As...