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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...

 

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...

 

How taxpayers subsidize union avoidance by Wal-Mart and Nissan   |   June 10, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Most Americans have been made to believe that they have no stake in private sector labor issues. Unions, we are told, are irrelevant to the...

 

Death in Bangladesh and Texas: Will bottom-feeder industries and their corporate customers ever put people over profits?   |   April 30, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   How many tragedies will it take before the bottom-feeders of the global economy stop their relentless, immoral search for the world's...

 

The other form of violence   |   April 19, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Newscasts these days often seem to be less a form of journalism than a kind of bizarre game show for paranoids: what horrible possibility...

 

Pipeline workers walk picket line in Mississippi   |   April 12, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Brian Anderson said he and the other pipeline workers on the picket line in Columbia, Miss., have a simple message.   "We...

 

Youth unemployment crisis hits South hard   |   April 9, 2013
Young adults continue to face high rates of unemployment, and the problem is particularly severe in Southern states, which are also grappling with other economic disparities. In...

 

Union health plans will suffer under Obamacare   |   March 21, 2013
By James McGee, Labor Notes "From each according to his ability, and to each according to his need": does this sound like a model for health care reform? At a January...

 

Postal unions agitate to keep delivering the mail on time and on Saturday   |   March 13, 2013
By Jamie Partridge, Labor Notes The National Association of Letter Carriers is calling for a national day of action March 24 to save six-day delivery. Hundreds of actions, in...

 

Life after coal: Does Wales point the way?   |   March 5, 2013
By Tom Hansell and Patricia Beaver, The Daily Yonder "Communities always change, industries come and go. It was foolish of us to think at the end of the 1985 miners strike...

 

Climate change is drowning out 'jobs vs. environment' debate   |   February 15, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes The old argument that unions must choose between jobs and the environment is losing its grip, as climate change becomes more evident and more urgent....

 

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...

 

An action-packed 2013 in store for Southern labor   |   January 11, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The year 2013 promises to be an action-packed one for labor in the South as well as across the country. Republicans lost major ground in the national...

 

Longshoremen shut down S.C. shipping terminal in protest over deadly fire at Bangladesh Walmart supplier   |   December 20, 2012
By Kerry Taylor Longshoremen shut down the Wando Welch Shipping Terminal at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina for nearly two hours today to protest the arrival of the...

 

Hostess workers take on private equity pirates   |   December 18, 2012
By Eric Blair, Labor Notes It was a depressingly familiar scenario. Decades of mismanagement had driven the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, and other Hostess treats into...

 

With historic strikes underway and Black Friday protests planned, Walmart files complaint against union   |   November 19, 2012
Walmart filed an unfair labor practice charge last week against the United Food and Commercial Workers union, asking the National Labor Relations Board to block efforts to disrupt...

 

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million   |   November 5, 2012
By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien, Center for Public Integrity The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far doesn't appear to make anything -- other...

 

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...