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That's bc the thread was a response to an ask for southern labor HISTORY.
But if you want organized union strikes in the last year, I dunno, it sounds like you're really into labor activism so you've probably heard of the 2018 storm of teacher's strikes? Y'know, the one that started in the south? Right?……
Again: the biggest contributor to thinking there's "no labor activism" in the South is thinking the only kind of labor activism they think exists is WHITE DUDES IN FACTORIES. The exact same fallacy you're perpetrating here.

In other words, yes. It's 100% about stereotypes.
Want more modern examples of labor activism in the South today? Here's just one: the reignited Poor People's Campaign. It's in the news. If you're so hot to trot for contemporary labor activism, how are you ignorant about one of its biggest campaigns?
The new PPC grew out of North Carolina's Moral Mondays, which have been going for five years.…
Teacher strikes aside, Southern labor work does not focus much on unions, because Southern capital has spent the last 60+ years systematically gutting unions' legal, social, & political power. And union-heavy industries like manufacturing & mining are nearly all shut down anyway.
A lot of unions down here are basically useless. That just might be why workers don't bother to vote for them.

Honestly. You're using an example of *management* promoting a union. What kind of idiot would want to be rep'd by a mgmt-controlled union? Might be why they voted no?
This kind of shallow thinking by northern labor activism tends to get pushed along by the fact that the northern capital class has been relatively friendly towards labor.
As a result there are a lot of basic amenities that northern labor takes for granted, that we're in a constant fight for down here.

Y'all are rowing across a nice quiet lake, meanwhile we're fighting uphill on class VI rapids & y'all just yell about how we're slow.
Here's an example: education.

The northern management class decided to fund public education bc it fit their economic interests. They wanted factory workers & clerks who were at least literate & numerate enough to make out receipts & production reports.

As documented in @KeriLeighMerrit's Masterless Men and numerous other works on southern labor,

the Southern capitalist class consciously used illiteracy for enslaved people, free Blacks, AND poor whites as a tool to keep the region under their control.
Let me reiterate. The South's massive lack of education that northern activists think is a hilarious hee-haw funny?

It's a deliberate power strategy for capital, by capital.

Folks who call themselves labor activists & make fun of the South for having shitty education are trash.
Ignorance is fundamental to Southern capital's power strategy. Our own elites gut education at every opportunity, TO THIS DAY.

Folks who don't understand that, can't understand capital's power. And they're useless when it comes to fighting it.
That's not a historical issue. We still have to fight for education TODAY. The teacher's strikes aren't just about teachers- they're about keeping capital from rebuilding their beloved Jim-Crow-style illiterate peasant class.……
The Southern working class has to fight every day just to make sure their grandkids can learn to read & write.
Most of us are still fighting for basics that labor in blue states got years ago, like Medicaid expansion. Our capitalists hate us so much, they'll turn down federal money just to make us hurt.
This is why a sole focus on FORMALIZED UNION ACTIVITY FOR WHITE DUDES IN FACTORIES is the wrong way to look at labor activism. Education, healthcare, voting rights, clean air and drinking water- these are huge, fundamental working-class issues.
They are, in many ways, more fundamental to breaking the chain of multigenerational poverty than unions are.

But bc their capital class works different, northern labor now takes these issues for granted. They don't have to FIGHT for them, century on goddamn century, like we do.
So they don't recognize activism on these issues as working-class or labor activism.

Northern labor bros only recognize workplace union activism, bc that's they only kind they've really had to do.

Meanwhile we're in a fight for basic survival. Yes, it's going to look different.
For all the labor bros that think they're going to school me on how Southern labor activism ain't shit-

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