Articles by Joe
August 11, 2017 -
Labor lost a high-profile campaign to unionize auto workers at Nissan plant in Mississippi last week. But the union says it isn't going away, pointing to other historic Southern labor drives that often took multiple elections to win.
December 10, 2015 -
The UAW wins in Tennessee. A West Virginia coal boss is found guilty. A populist Democrat wins the governor's race in Louisiana. And firefighters organize in Mississippi.
November 6, 2015 -
With good preachers shouting a new gospel that champions working folks of all races.
October 19, 2015 -
A protest held last week at Ole Miss calling for the removal of the state flag with its Confederate emblem was crashed by a group of Southern secessionists. In recent decades the school has struggled to divest itself of Confederate symbolism, drawing intense protests.
October 12, 2015 -
Southern white working-class folks have a reason to feel rebellious — they're just waving the wrong flag to show it.
September 14, 2015 -
The producer of electrical transformers receives tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer support, but a study found a top-line Howard Industries maintenance worker earns just 61 percent of the wages paid a similar worker at another Mississippi transformer manufacturing plant.
May 18, 2015 -
The Republicans running Mississippi have the prison system in shambles, workers' compensation gutted, education on a precipice — and journalist Joe Atkins looking back to populist Louisiana Gov. "Uncle" Earl Long for solace.