The fastest-growing region in the United States for union membership is the South, where nearly 150,000 workers opted to join unions last year — bringing the total number of union members in the South to nearly three million. Five of the top 10 fastest-growing states for union membership in 2015 were all in the South. If those number surprise you, that might be because there is not a single full-time labor reporter anywhere in the South.
CounterSpin ran a special Labor Day episode on Friday that included a 2012 interview with Payday Report Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk.
For this Labor Day weekend, JP brings us a new song he wrote, dedicated to his son and his brothers and sisters at work.
Payday Report is conducting a survey in order to help us provide better coverage of the Southern labor movement.
At the beginning of this month, we gave ourselves a goal of bringing in 10 additional dues-paying readers. With less than a day to go, we’ve reached 13! In all, our supporters are contributing $576/month to our efforts to report on the labor movement in the South.
A federal ruling this week in a Memphis union campaign underscores the toothless and ineffectiveness of labor law. For the past seven years, workers there have been attempting to organize and collectively bargain at several Ozburn-Hessey Logistics (OHL) distribution centers.
Today, media workers at Law360 struck a decisive blow in the burgeoning media workers rights movement. Staff at the legal news publication voted 109 to 9 to join the NewsGuild in a National Labor Relations Board election.
When JP Wright is not wearing his Folk Labor Desk hat, he is a Locomotive Engineer, driving trains from Louisville, Kentucky to Nashville, Tennessee. This song details the stress of working a job that takes a person away from home for 70 hours a week.