Can unions rebuild the labor movement in the US south?

As the US economy expands across the south, unions are actively trying to recruit workers – but have discovered a need for organization in the face of big money. Seated around a table in the dimly lit auditorium of Atlanta-based non-profit Project South last weekend, two dozen union activists of all ages and races were trying to solve a problem – one that has vexed the southern states for a generation. Longshoremen from South Carolina, nurses from Florida, campus workers from Tennessee, public workers employees from North Carolina, and fast food workers had gathered to discuss one issue: how could these members of the Southern Workers Assembly help a fellow union attempt to unionize a company scattered at dozens of locations across the south? It’s a growing problem for unions, and one their opponents are determined to make sure doesn’t get any easier. Continue reading…


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