A Note From the Editors
March 3, 2021
A note from the editors,
On March 29, Amazon employees in Bessemer, Alabama will vote on forming a union with RWDSU. Alabama, like many Southern states, is a right-to-work state. Employees may work in a unionized workplace without having to pay dues, making it harder for unions to survive.
With a large media presence and growing political support [President Biden directly addressed the vote in a video on February 28] the vote in Bessemer has the potential to break from the tumultuous labor history in The South and to shape a new narrative of working in the US.
In collaboration with Payday Report, March looks at the changing South through direct interviews with organizers, union workers, union busters, and a historical conversation about American workers.