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.
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.
October 30, 2015 -
National union leader Tefere Gebre talks with Facing South about why it's essential for labor to focus on the South, the need for creative new approaches to worker organizing, and the role labor can play in spurring a broader progressive movement.
February 5, 2015 -
While unions in the South have followed the national trend of declining membership, they have also made recent gains in the region. Meanwhile, demographic changes are underway that offer more hope for labor organizing.