Categories & Tags: unions

Union membership creeps upward in the South   |   February 5, 2016
Over the last year, the share of U.S. workers belonging to unions held steady at 11.1 percent, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the new...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The post-recession shift to low-wage jobs leaves Southern workers struggling   |   February 4, 2016
Total number of jobs created in Southern states* since their unemployment rates peaked during the Great Recession that began in late 2007: nearly 4.3 million Average annual wage...

 

VOICES: Why contingent faculty are organizing at Duke University   |   December 18, 2015
By MJ Sharp I've had the pleasure of teaching Duke undergraduates for just a few years now, but that has been long enough to see the disconnect between how the academy...

 

VOICES: Labor needs an old-time revival in the South   |   November 6, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   I've long preached about the need for labor and progressives in general who want to win over the South to tap into a Southern tradition...

 

Tefere Gebre: How labor can win the South   |   October 30, 2015
Tefere Gebre is an evangelist for labor organizing in the South. When he was 14, Gebre fled war-torn Ethiopia, walking for weeks to a Sudanese refugee camp before arriving in Los...

 

#BlackWorkersMatter: Confronting race and building a better movement for economic justice   |   September 18, 2015
In 2010, on the heels of the Great Recession — the nation's biggest economic calamity since the Great Depression — one out of 10 people looking for work couldn...

 

Mississippi's Howard Industries pays bottom-feeder wages but enjoys plaudits & subsidies   |   September 14, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – Politicians and local editorial writers love Howard Industries of Laurel, Miss. The editors at the Laurel Leader-Call shower their...

 

More than a flag: South Carolina dockers push racial justice forward   |   August 31, 2015
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes After nine African American churchgoers were shot to death in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, longshoreman Leonard Riley Jr. was buoyed by the...

 

Proceed with caution: Lessons from New Orleans' charter school takeover   |   August 27, 2015
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans did something unprecedented: The local school system fired all of its teachers and staff and converted almost all of its schools...

 

FLASHBACK: The Charleston Five and the black struggle for justice   |   July 2, 2015
The June 2015 Charleston church massacre has brought attention to the rich history of social activism at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal and in the city's broader African-...

 

Why I went to Detroit: Reflections on the Fight for $15 movement   |   June 12, 2015
By Anna Swauger I've been on strike four times. Not something many people would expect from a worker living in North Carolina, but the Fight for $15 is not an ordinary...

 

Why 'Ban the Box' matters   |   May 7, 2015
By Dan DiMaggio, Labor Notes Gadgets like Apple's just-released watch symbolize the future — but the company doesn't want to let workers move on from their pasts....

 

Volkswagen in Tennessee: Productivity's price   |   March 23, 2015
By Chris Brooks, Labor Notes Amanda (not her real name) was hired fresh out of high school to work on the Volkswagen assembly line. But after two years in the Chattanooga plant,...

 

What does Walmart's wage hike mean for workers?   |   February 20, 2015
With great fanfare, this week retail giant Walmart announced it would be boosting starting wages for its employees to $9 an hour beginning in April and again to $10 in February...

 

Mixed picture for Southern unions   |   February 5, 2015
Last year, nearly 2.2 million workers in Southern states belonged to unions, and, despite a difficult climate for union organizing, five states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida,...

 

Review: How wildcat strikes made public worker unions grow and thrive   |   November 13, 2014
By Robert Ovetz, Labor Notes Joe Burns' latest book examines the little-known wave of wildcat strikes that swept the U.S. (and the world) during the 1960s and '70s,...

 

Review: Alt-labor or not, it will take rank-and-file power to revive us   |   October 8, 2014
By Eric Dirnbach, Labor Notes Can recent experiments with alternative forms of organizing, such as worker centers and minority strikes, offer a solution to the labor movement'...

 

American Airlines agents overwhelming vote to join union   |   September 22, 2014
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes After many close votes against unionization, American Airlines passenger service agents scored an overwhelming victory September 16, voting 86 percent...

 

Dollar stores: Business success and economic failure   |   September 17, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest What does it say that an all-out takeover battle is being waged for a chain of no-frills stores selling cheap merchandise at outlets typically...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Labor lessons from Mississippi Freedom Summer   |   July 23, 2014
By Larry Rubin, Labor Notes It's the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer: the 1964 campaign, led by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to register large...

 

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...

 

FLOC launches ambitious plans in tobacco fields   |   July 3, 2014
By David Flores, Labor Notes My life as a farmworker began when I was nine years old, working alongside my parents harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, cherries, and strawberries. This...