Economy

Union membership creeps upward in the South

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.

Southern workers turn out in force to Fight for $15

November 13, 2015 - Fast-food and other low-wage workers held hundreds of protests across the country on Tuesday, many in Southern cities. After racking up wins at the state and local levels, organizers are now taking their case for a higher minimum wage and union rights to the national stage in the run-up to next year's elections.

What went wrong with the South?

By MDC
November 3, 2015 - News stories that ask what went wrong with the South too often fail to capture the context of its intergenerational poverty: centuries of enslavement and systemic discrimination that resulted in the immense racial disparities we see today. And it's not just a Southern problem — it's an American one.

Tefere Gebre: How labor can win the South

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.