In The News

  • News Guild: Staff of Southern Poverty Law Center wins union vote, December 18, 2019
    • “There was frustration and an unwillingness to accept what we believed to be unacceptable,” said SPLC Union Organizer Danielle Davis. “There was a recognition of the power that we had to change it.”
  • People’s World: Staff at civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center unionizes, December 18, 2019
    • “We look forward to helping them expose and eradicate the workplace inequities they continue to encounter in their workplace today,” said Organizing Director Bruce Jett. “Together we stand and together we will be victorious!”
  • Organizing Work: Progressives in the Streets, Union-Busters in the Sheets, November 22, 2019
    • “Progressive nonprofits seem to say ‘Unions are great, just not for us.’ This kind of dissembling is the rule rather than the exception.”
  • The Progressive: Nonprofit Workers Join the Movement to Unionize, November, 19, 2019
    • “Earlier this year, co-founder Morris Dees and president Richard Cohen left the organization after charges of racism and sexual harassment; it is perhaps unsurprising that the remaining staff sought union protections.” 
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: SPLC Management Won’t Voluntarily Recognize Labor Union, November 15, 2019
    • “If SPLC engaged legal counsel in good faith, and without intention of engaging in any kind of anti-unionization efforts, as implied by their statements, it is hard to believe that SPLC’s leadership and board didn’t realize that engaging this particular law firm would raise red flags among staff.”
  • Montgomery Advertiser: Southern Poverty Law Center won’t voluntarily recognize employee union, November 12, 2019
    • “Management’s refusal to voluntarily recognize the union and decision to hire a law firm that specializes in ‘union avoidance strategies’ are counter to SPLC’s values,” the statement said. “The Center cannot truly claim to support workers’ rights, while also hiring a ‘union avoidance’ law firm to prevent its own workers from exercising our right to collective bargaining.”
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: Southern Poverty Law Center Workers Say They Want a Union, November 12, 2019
  • AP: Southern Poverty Law Center employees seek to unionize, November 9, 2019
  • VICE: The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Unionizing After a Year of Scandals, November 8, 2019
    • Going public just days after the 40th anniversary of the Greensboro Massacre, in which Klansmen and Nazis killed five communist labor organizers at a North Carolina public housing complex, the SPLC Union is invoking the legacy of anti-racist workplace organizing in the deeply anti-labor South.
  • Montgomery Advertiser: Southern Poverty Law Center employees organizing union, November 8, 2019
    • “SPLC continues to see high attrition of talented colleagues – most notably people of color, women and women of color,” the committee said. “Our union is committed to foster a workplace culture where all workers – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability and national origin – can thrive.”