November 28, 2022 -
The Union of Southern Service Workers is fusing labor and human rights organizing to secure livable wages, stronger safety protections, greater control over work schedules, and new respect for the African Americans and Latinos who make up the majority of its members.
June 17, 2022 -
Workers at state-subsidized Giti Tire, a Singapore-based company with operations in South Carolina, report exposure to toxic substances, forced overtime, and intimidation for pro-union views. Giti workers are in the midst of an organizing drive with the United Steelworkers, and a win could open the door to organizing in a state with the nation's largest tire manufacturing industry.
January 14, 2022 -
The Virginia-based rendering company at the center of a union organizing drive and class action lawsuit over wage theft has been sold to a company in Texas. Current and former employees are fighting to ensure the sale doesn't provide cover for an employer that has long fostered a toxic, abusive, and even deadly work environment.
October 1, 2021 -
In 1974, Southern Exposure, the print forerunner to Facing South, published an issue of oral histories that included recollections of people who'd been involved with the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union. Many of them refer to the Elaine Massacre, a mass murder of rural Black Arkansans by white mobs in response to sharecropper organizing attempts that took place 102 years ago this week. We're reprinting those oral histories in memory of the massacre.
June 3, 2021 -
When workers at the progressive-themed, plant-based meat factory near Asheville, North Carolina, tried to organize a union last year, management turned to tried-and-true union busting strategies to defeat them. Workers were shocked by what ensued — but now one of them is sharing the story so others will be prepared.
April 29, 2021 -
Three Democratic members of the evenly divided U.S. Senate have so far refused to sign on to the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, legislation endorsed by President Biden that would provide stronger protections for workers trying to form a union. Among the naysayers is Mark Warner of Virginia, the Senate's second-richest member and a venture capitalist with a nine-figure estimated net worth.
April 16, 2021 -
Virginia-based Valley Proteins is one of the largest U.S. rendering companies, turning slaughterhouse waste like blood and bones into profits. Buoyed by the unionizing efforts of Amazon workers in Alabama, the company's drivers are organizing in North Carolina — and they've already won concessions.