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Jasmine Kerrissey, Eve Weinbaum, Clare Hammonds, Tom Juravich, and Dan Clawson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501746598

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501746598.001.0001

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Going South: How Southern Organizing Will Determine the Future of the Labor Movement

Going South: How Southern Organizing Will Determine the Future of the Labor Movement

(p.191) 10 Going South: How Southern Organizing Will Determine the Future of the Labor Movement
Labor in the Time of Trump

MaryBe McMillan

Cornell University Press

This chapter reflects on the challenges and opportunities of building workers' power in North Carolina. To change the political balance of the nation, this chapter argues, we must change the South, which is gaining in jobs, population, and political influence. Home to more than a third of the U.S. population, the region is larger than the Northeast and Midwest combined. Political representatives from the South disproportionately contribute to right-wing agendas, including right-to-work, low wages, and voter suppression. The chapter outlines essential strategies for organizing in the South, or in any right-to-work states with hostile political climates. First, start small and dream big; second, issues of race and gender equality must be addressed; third, unions must build strong locals and unite with community allies. Finally, the labor movement, including central labor councils and state federations, must build political power.

Keywords:   Southern organizing, U.S. South, North Carolina, right-to-work states, race, gender, political power

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