unions

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...

 

Unions rail against Obama proposal to privatize New Deal success story   |   March 12, 2014
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Tucked away in President Obama's 2014 budget proposal released early last week, say union critics, is a renewed proposal by the administration to...

 

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...

 

ReVisioning Black History Month: Linking African American and Latino histories   |   February 28, 2014
By Paul Ortiz, Beacon Broadside Black History Month is more important than ever. To understand how this nation traveled from colonialism to independence, slavery to freedom, and...

 

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...

 

How can labor organize the South?   |   February 21, 2014
The recent union vote at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee wasn't just a defeat -- albeit a very close one  -- for the United Auto Workers in their bid to organize 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"...

 

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...

 

Labor unions vs. political unions: Critiquing the 'unbundled union'   |   January 9, 2014
By Douglas Williams, The South Lawn In recent years, we have seen an explosion in activism around the issue of economic inequality. The frustrations that many low-income people...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The high public cost of fast-food jobs   |   November 8, 2013
Sales generated last year by the U.S. fast-food industry: $200 billion Percent of families of front-line fast-food workers employed full-time that are enrolled in public...

 

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...

 

Viewpoint: AFL-CIO convention repositions unions to speak for all workers   |   October 18, 2013
By Jeff Crosby and Bill Fletcher Jr., Labor Notes The AFL-CIO Convention in September took an important turn to reposition unions toward speaking for all working people in the...

 

Fracking booms, workers busted   |   October 15, 2013
By Jerry Silberman, Labor Notes Fracking is promoted by everyone from the CEO of Exxon to President Obama as the solution to climate change, economic growth, jobs, and energy...

 

Postal workers elect new leaders who pledge to build a movement   |   October 10, 2013
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes A diverse slate of local leaders pledging to take a firmer hand with management, increase transparency about contract details, collaborate with...

 

'Uh-oh, instead of defeating us they made us defiant'   |   September 24, 2013
By Ajamu Dillahunt, Labor Notes Since April North Carolina has made national and international news with a remarkable social movement that has gathered thousands to protest, with...

 

House of labor needs repairs, not just new roommates   |   September 17, 2013
By Steve Early, Labor Notes As AFL-CIO leaders packed up to leave their Los Angeles convention last Wednesday, they basked in the glow of favorable media coverage. Cribbing from...

 

A hundred arrested protesting Walmart firings   |   September 9, 2013
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes They didn't strike this time -- but Walmart workers and their allies marched, rallied, danced, blew horns, and took arrests in a...

 

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...

 

Claiming and teaching the 1963 March on Washington   |   August 22, 2013
By Bill Fletcher Jr., Zinn Education Project August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Publicly associated with Dr. King...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Secret TPP deal would void democracy   |   July 10, 2013
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Many people know NAFTA has cost U.S. workers 700,000 jobs. But how many know another effect was to drive Mexican small farmers out of business? In...