October 3, 2017

New Southern Strategies: Employment, Workers' Rights and the Prospects for Regional Resurgence

What will it take to win successful economic justice campaigns in the South? With many families facing chronically low wages and economic insecurity, an understanding and attention to the political economy of the South can help funders and field organizations develop successful intervention strategies. 

Link to New Southern Strategies reportThe New Southern Strategies: Employment, Workers’ Rights and the Prospects for Regional Resurgence report by Nik Theodore assesses economic indicators affecting quality of life in the South and examines corporate strategies that are driving these changes. It presents some of the efforts underway in the region to improve the quality of economic opportunity through labor organizing and strengthening workers’ rights, focusing on the southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Funders for a Just Economy launched the report in a webinar with speakers sharing highlights from the report, examining how the history of systemic racism has maintained corporate power and limited efforts to improve workers' rights, and discussing how recent unionization efforts in Tennessee and Mississippi impact the outlook for future organizing nationwide.  

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