March 11, 2021 -
Passed by the House earlier this week and championed by President Biden, the pro-labor law could break the stranglehold that right-to-work laws adopted under Jim Crow have placed on workers' power in the region. But it has to get through the Senate first.
January 29, 2021 -
Biden has pledged to be the country's "most pro-union president." But will he and congressional Democrats succeed in passing sweeping reforms that could dismantle the barriers to labor organizing in the South?
February 14, 2020 -
Now under Democratic control, Virginia's legislature is rushing to pass progressive laws. But the recent failure to repeal a state law that undermines organized labor shows what such policies are up against in Southern states. Meanwhile, Tennessee's GOP-controlled legislature wants to enshrine anti-unionism in the state constitution.
September 22, 2017 -
MaryBe McMillan, who this month was elected the first woman president of the North Carolina AFL-CIO, talks to Facing South about why unions are important today, how they can win in the South, and labor's key role in building a progressive political movement.
September 21, 2017 -
The Farm Labor Organizing Committee has called for a boycott of the North Carolina-based company's best-selling Vuse product as part of its longstanding efforts to protect farmworkers in the tobacco supply chain from abuse and exploitation.
September 2, 2016 -
New research details the effect of unionization on the wages of black workers and shows how unions reduce racial wage inequality.
February 5, 2016 -
Organized labor has made surprising gains in a region where unions face some of their toughest obstacles, new federal data shows. But defending workers' advances in the South's hostile political climate will require a long-term organizing commitment.