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About Southern Workers Assembly

Southern Workers Assembly: Building Mass Movement to Organize Labor in the South

The U.S. South is the bastion of anti-labor right-to-work laws and has the lowest percentage of unionization than other regions in the U.S. It is a region with a history of deep racial, social, and economic divisions within the working class, and where political disenfranchisement and conservatism has been the most concentrated. The corporate elites, and their influence over federal, state and local governments, not only want to keep the conditions for workers and working class communities in the South as they are; they are pushing hard throughout the country to create similar conditions in regions and states where labor has had its most organized bases. These increasing attacks on labor throughout the country, has placed the labor movement more and more on the defensive since the Reagan era attacks on labor. For workers in the South where the anti-worker laws, conservative political forces, and the shifting of major sections of U.S. and international manufacturing and global banking, has been taking place over the past 30 years, an offensive movement must be built to organize labor. The fight for labor rights in the South is long overdue within the strategies of the U.S. national labor movement. However, like the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s the movement to organize labor in the South must be launched by the Southern workers ourselves, through our worker organizations, local unions and social movement organizations fighting for social, economic and environmental justice. United around a program that speaks to the needs of the working class, especially the historically oppressed African American masses, women and the growing immigrant population who are the most exploited and oppressed segments, a Southern labor alliance can be formed to begin the work of building the connections and infrastructure for launching a South-wide movement to organize labor in the South. The starting point for this effort is the Southern Workers Assembly, where several hundred representatives of unions, worker organizations and worker support networks converged in Charlotte, NC on September 3rd, 2012 during the time and location of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to give voice to issues and needs of workers in the South. Most importantly, the SWA is in the process of organizing of a South-wide Labor Alliance to map out a strategy for launching a campaign to support rank-n-file, social justice union movement in the South.  

Current campaigns include:
- Safe Jobs Save Lives COVID19 campaign
- Southern Workers Medicare for All Campaign
- Building Local Workers Assemblies

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