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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...

 

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...

 

SNCC veterans and young activists testify to workers' rights as civil rights at Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference   |   June 30, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Larry Rubin, field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at the height of the Civil Rights...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Nissan is violating international labor standards at Mississippi plant, report says   |   October 11, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Nissan, a company with headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, a Brazilian-born CEO who divides his time between Japan and France, and plants...

 

AFL-CIO resolves to organize the South   |   September 12, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Delegates at the 2013 convention of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles this week adopted a a resolution proposed by the Savannah (Ga.) Regional Central Council...

 

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...

 

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...

 

In Mississippi, Nissan's ironic disconnect on civil rights and unions   |   May 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- My old friend Ray Smithhart would have loved the irony of union-fighting manufacturer Nissan making a gift of $100,000 to...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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'...

 

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...

 

Out of the Bangladesh tragedy may come global worker solidarity   |   December 13, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The horrible tragedy at the Tazreen garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, may become a milestone in the development of true global solidarity among...

 

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...

 

Southern Workers Assembly coming to Charlotte on Labor Day   |   August 20, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A call to action has gone out to make this Labor Day, Sept. 3, also the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., truly 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,...