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    Taking A Stand!!!

    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Local Union
    Albuquerque, NM
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    Default Can unions rebuild the labor movement in the US south?

    Seated around a table in the dimly lit auditorium of Atlanta-based non-profit Project South last weekend, two dozen union activists of all ages and races were trying to solve a problem – one that has vexed the southern states for a generation.

    Longshoremen from South Carolina, nurses from Florida, campus workers from Tennessee, public workers employees from North Carolina, and fast food workers had gathered to discuss one issue: how could these members of the Southern Workers Assembly help a fellow union attempt to unionize a company scattered at dozens of locations across the south? It’s a growing problem for unions, and one their opponents are determined to make sure doesn’t get any easier.

    As the US economy – and particularly manufacturing – continues to expand in the south with the relocation of the auto industry, unions see big opportunities to recruit workers into the labor movement. However, they find themselves stymied by anti-union intimidation campaigns backed by big money that often include firing, intimidation and threats of plant closures if workers unionize.

    With that in mind, the first question posed to the group was one that union organizers across the south find themselves asking: how would they identify workers interested in getting to join a union at a particular company, and make them comfortable enough to get involved in union organizing?

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    It's 5 o'clock somewhere

    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Local Union
    state of confusion
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    Default Re: Can unions rebuild the labor movement in the US south?

    When I tried recruiting , the IBT in their wisdom , sent me south....

    I can tell you that those southern good-ol-boys sure as hell didn't want no union talk from a yankee !

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