Mainline News Hour: Southern Poverty Law Center’s union workers

On this week’s edition of the Mainline News Hour, tune in to hear our conversation with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s unionizers. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a non-profit explicitly dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the vulnerable and combatting forces of white supremacy, both in the South and beyond, and yet when their employees approached them in November of 2019 asking that management voluntarily recognize their union, their request was denied. So, by December, a vote determined the union’s fate instead: with a resounding 142-45 voting in support of unionizing.

So what has happened since that fateful day in December 2019? Why did SPLC’s employees feel they needed a union in the first place? What has the journey been like – what’s been accomplished and what challenges still lie ahead? Join us in our conversation with Katie and Lisa, both members of the bargaining committee (Lisa has the added responsibility of union steward) as we discuss where they’ve come from and where they’re going.

Listeners can learn more about the SPLC union on Instagram or Twitter @splcunion, or visit their website

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