January 27, 2017 -
Since 2005, Nissan workers in Canton, Mississippi — a city with deep roots in the civil rights movement — have been fighting for the right to unionize. This week they are taking their cause across the South with days of action in at least five cities.
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.
February 7, 2014 -
As workers at Nissan's plant in Canton, Miss. fight for the right to an intimidation-free union election, workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. prepare to vote in a secret-ballot election beginning Feb. 12.
August 13, 2012 -
When the CIO launched a campaign to organize Southern workers in 1946, the region's elite fought back by exploiting fears about race and communism -- and fear remains the biggest obstacle to organizing today, as the UAW's campaign to unionize Nissan's Canton, Miss. plant shows.
August 3, 2012 -
UAW President Bob King says organizing foreign-owned auto plants is make-or-break for the shrinking union. A Mississippi Nissan plant where temps are a quarter of the workforce is the UAW's first Southern foray in 11 years.
January 12, 2012 -
2012 promises to be an interesting year for labor in the South, as states wrestle with the disaster wrought by anti-immigrant politics, the UAW targets the region's German auto factories, and Walmart polishes its public image.