Labor's Southern Strategy

Archive Report

Union Activities in the South

New Emphasis on Southern Organizing

One of the issues the Senate will take up after completing action on the Panama Canal treaties is labor law revision. Union leaders are lobbying hard for legislation that would make it easier to organize workers and negotiate collective bargaining agreements. Many observers say the action is aimed particularly at the South — the nemesis of organized labor for nearly 100 years. Many of the practices cited by labor as illustrating the need for reform have occurred among employers in Dixie.

The economy of the South has flourished in recent years as northern companies, seeking a favorable physical and business climate, have opened new plants below the Mason-Dixon line.1 Although some argue that labor's current interest in ...

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