May 12, 2016
NC State AFL-CIO convened an “Organizers Roundtable” in Raleigh to strategize about ways to bring more working people together in union to raise wages and improve working conditions in North Carolina.
Bob Geary has an excellent piece in the current issue of Indy Week about the successful organizing drive by non-tenured faculty at Duke.
AFL-CIO’s Organizing Institute (O.I.) has opportunities for union organizer training and apprenticeships in the South with two upcoming 3-day sessions – one in New Orleans in December and the other in Atlanta in January. The deadline to apply for New Orleans is Dec. 1 and for Atlanta is Dec. 15.
CenturyLink workers in Wake and nearby counties, members of CWA Local 3682, will picket outside company offices in Youngsville on Monday, Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 AM. With good jobs and retirement security for 175 workers on the line, this informational picket will provide an opportunity for you to show public support for workers’ efforts to win a fair contract – one that prevents the company from outsourcing jobs and cutting retirement benefits.
FedEx is notoriously anti-union and the South has been hostile territory for workers trying to organize unions, but a group of 222 drivers at FedEx Freight’s terminal in Charlotte, N.C. voted last month to join Teamsters Local 71.
International Business Times reported this week that German automaker Volkswagen will recognize unions at its Chattanooga plant even without majority support.
Big news in the effort to build a new southern workers movement came last week as thousands of American Airlines employees voted overwhelmingly to have a union on their side.
MaryBe McMillan took the AFL-CIO’s call for unions to “organize the South” before a national audience of thousands of progressive thinkers, bloggers, online organizers, and activists gathered in Detroit July 17-20 for Netroots Nation 2014.
On Saturday, August 9 workers from across NC and other Southern states will gather in Goldsboro, NC for Solidarity City – a day long gathering of workers to discuss strategy, develop their organizing skills, and lay out how to continue to build a united effort to organize the South.
Find out how one state capital in the Deep South is trying to reinvent itself and change its citizens’ economic fortunes through worker-run co-ops and “solidarity economics”. Video includes an interview with MaryBe McMillan.
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred and forty-thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people.