Labor Focuses Strategically on the South
New article focuses on American labor organizations and their long term organizing strategy in the
Can the movement rebuild itself below the Mason-Dixon line, and change Southern politics in the process?
There is a very interesting article running right now in the American Prospect in which labor leaders talk about their organizing strategy for the southern United States. It’s a non-traditional approach, focusing on a localized effort establishing community partnerships and political alliances in five major cities. [bctt tweet=” Labor plans to focus on organizing in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, and Orlando. “]
Since that 2013 resolution, some signs of life have emerged from the Southern labor movement—not so much in workplace organizing, but in political victories at the municipal level. The AFL-CIO has targeted five Southern “mega-cities” as starting points for building up progressive power hubs. From the Piedmont to the Gulf Coast, emboldened by the surprising momentum of the Fight for $15, Southern cities are passing local wage ordinances in states that have no chance of getting the wage hiked at the state level. (Indeed, the five states with no minimum-wage laws are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.) Labor strategists, accordingly, are looking toward the future, thinking carefully about how to translate rapidly shifting demographics into a new Southern political paradigm.