Walmart Workers Flash Mob – Raleigh, NC

by on September 12, 2013

September 5th, 2013, Raleigh, NC – As Walmart workers petition managers to reinstate employees who have been unfairly treated, a flash mob breaks out.

N.C. Statewide Workers Fightback Conference

by on August 29, 2013

Saturday Sept. 21, 2013
10:00am – 4:00pm

(Attend on your way home from
AFL-CIO convention in Wilmington)

Vital Link School

1214 E. Lenoir Street, Raleigh, NC**

(Corner of Rock Quarry Road)

** note updated address!

RSVP Today by emailing

The Forward Together Campaign is building a powerful social movement bringing together the many struggles for social and economic justice, human rights, and people’s democracy throughout the state of North Carolina.

The Southern Workers Assembly hosted three (3) regional Worker Speak-out Forums across North Carolina –  Granville/Vance/Warren Counties on June 8,  Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill on June 15 and Greenville/Wilson/Goldsboro/Rocky Mount/Kinston on June 22 – that drew in many rank-n-file worker activists to help build links and unity and speak-out against cuts planned by the General Assembly. 

With the rise of the corporate financed conservative and racist movements and organizations like the Tea Party, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as an infrastructure for corporate domination and the political rule of state governments, it became clear, that the mere lobbying of state legislators, and developing an electoral base that only acted during election periods, was not enough to mobilize the people’s power to effectively challenge corporate rule over government.

The Moral Monday’s initiative has become a new form of the sit-in movement, challenging corporate dominated, anti-democratic and closed government. Civil disobedience against this form of governance must spread like the sit-in movement that began in North Carolina in 1960. While a focus must be kept on state government, it must spread to the workplaces in the public and private sectors where worker rights as a major component of people’s democracy are denied.

As North Carolina has the lowest percentage of union members of all the states within the U.S., the Forward Together Campaign must call for un-unionized workers to begin a process of forming worker organizations and unions at their workplaces.

Fighting grievances and filing lawsuits alone will not be enough to effectively challenge and stop the attacks financed by Art Pope and other multi-millionaires.

In order to change the political climate in ways that strengthens the working class identity, consciousness and confidence in the fight-back against the attacks, labor unions and worker organizations must act together to help launch a movement to bring labor forward as a conscious and active force.

As representatives of the Southern Workers Assembly in NC, we are calling on rank-and-file workers in the various unions, worker organizations and union officials and organizers who identify with rank-and-file democracy and control, to join us in building a fight-back movement that includes a statewide NC Labor Fightback Conference .



The poem “Awake”, written by Cherry Hospital Healthcare Technician and UE150 steward Janice Scanes and recited by her at the Goldsboro forum.

Moral Monday’s is the day

Peaceful protestors expressing their say

Equal equality for all mankind

Awake, stand up, now is the time

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad started a movement so slaves could be free

They put their lives on the line for you and me

Medgar Evers was gunned down at his home, fighting for our rights, he died alone

All over the world, Martin Luther King was realized, earning medals of honors and a Nobel Peace Prize

It’s vital we keep his dreams alive

Freedom’s heroes carry the torch for JUSTICE, RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE…NOT WRONG

Let’s come together in making NORTH CAROLINA better and strong

Through our struggles, pain and tears, a breastplate of iron we wear without fear. DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS and ALL….Awake! Awake! Stand Up For The Cause

There’s something you need to know! The GOP is suppressing your vote! During the election of 2014, turn out in numbers like never before seen. We will break the bondage of a non-voting fad; keep moving forward until a change is made. We won’t be intimidated, or back down, neither will we bend. Awake, Stand Up For The Cause until the end

NC legislators making poor bills with unjust flaws, quickly Governor Pat McCrory is signing them into law. These republican led legislators want to take away our civil and human rights!


Submitted by: Janice Holloway Scanes, UE 150 Shop Steward

Southern Workers Assembly unites with the March on Washington

by on August 21, 2013

50th Anniversary shows need to ignite mass struggle!

No More Trayvon Martins or George Zimmermans – Organize the South!

by on August 8, 2013

Southern Workers Assembly statement:

The Southern Workers Assembly (SWA), along will millions across the U.S. and internationally are outraged by the Sanford, Florida court’s no guilty verdict of George Zimmerman, the racial profiler, stalker and murderer of unarmed, and innocent young Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon MartinThis unjust verdict is part of a racist climate that has been intensified by the capitalist economic crisis that is attacking the entire working-class and scapegoating Blacks, oppressed people of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQ people and labor unions to divide the U.S. working-class.

The U.S. South has been the bastion for racist hate crimes and not guilty court verdicts that continue to uphold the Dred Scott decision – that Blacks have no rights that whites are bound to respect. These deeply felt atrocities from racists and the courts, reinforced by the institutionalized racism in the economic, social and political system that affects working class Blacks and people of color at work and in society, can only begin to heal when the working-class carries out the mantra that An Injury to One is An Injury to All.

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Southern Workers Assembly: A Rank-and-file Call to Action for Labor to Mobilize to Join the Front Line Struggle

by on May 19, 2013

Starting in late April and continuing into July, several thousand people from across North Carolina, lead by Rev. William Barber II, President of the NC NAACP have marched every Monday into the state legislative building in Raleigh and packed the rotunda. Over 600 people at the various actions blocked the door to the Senate chambers and refused to move until they were arrested.

Listing legislative assault after legislative assault on poor and working people, he questioned the crowd in his fiery sermon: “What do we do when we are under attack? “ The crowd chanted in response: “We fight; we fight; we fight!”

On May 13, Southern Workers Assembly Co-Coordinator Saladin Muhammad, along with several rank-and-file members of UE local 150-NC Public Service Workers Union, American Postal Workers Union, National Association of Letter Carriers and a staff person from the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (AFL-CIO) and several student labor activists got arrested as part of a labor delegation.  More labor activists have been arrested since then. Below is a statement that was issued from the SWA at the rally:

We are here as a rank-and-file labor delegation, to visibly join in this important frontline struggle for civil and human rights; and as a call to action for other rank-and-file workers in unions and worker organizations throughout the state to become a more visible and organized part of this struggle at our workplaces and communities, and not allow our voices to be silenced or separated from the voices of the people.

The attacks on workers, the poor, and marginalize and immigrant communities, in addition to being an attack on the core human needs and rights that all who honor social justice have fought, got beaten, gone to jail and died for, is also aimed at silencing our collective voices and actions to challenge these human rights violations. Those in power in the NC legislature are trying to dis-empower and dismantle the organizations of working and poor people that unite us across race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and abilities to act and speak collectively against the injustices that we experience on our jobs and in society.

The bills that seek to gut the state personnel act, that cut the amount and length of time of unemployment benefits, to ban the use of payroll deduction for state and local government workers to voluntary contribute union dues, to make the ban on collective bargaining rights for public sector workers and voluntary card check for private sector workers a constitutional amendment, and to cut Medicare instead of expanding it when there are millions without health insurance and voting rights, are an attack on basic democracy.

Yet, these legislators are doing everything to increase the power of the employers to exploit, mistreat and divide the workers to increase their power, including their power to privatize vital public services. They want organization, power and resources for the chambers of commerce, the manufacturing associations, the corporate lobbyists, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and cuts in corporate taxes. They want to bring the Art Popes and other corporate elites to have direct power and control over all branches of government.

If we don’t take a stand to defend and expand democracy, we are risking losing the weak job security rights we have, we are risking the rights and dignity of future generations, as we see the education of our children now being sacrificed before our very eyes.

The attacks on the people’s rights are an attack on labor rights; and the attack on labor’s rights an attack on the people’s rights.

North Carolina Regional Worker Speak-out Forums

Sponsored by Southern Workers Assembly, UE local 150-NC Public Service Workers Union, Public Schools First NC, Nat’l Association on Mental Illness-Granville Co, Teamsters local 391, NC Association of Educators, International Worker Justice Campaign

  • Sat. June 8: Granville/Vance/Person/Warren County area: 11:00am – 1:00pm
    Betty Lue’s Restaurant
    1597 HWY 56E Creedmoor, NC
    More info call 252-314-2363
  • Sat. June 15: Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area: 4:00pm
    NCAE building
    700 South Salisbury St. Raleigh
    To help or participate call 919-231-2660
  • Sat. June 22: Goldsboro/Wilson/Kinston/Greenville/Rocky Mount area: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Rebuilding Broken Places
    2105 N William St Goldsboro
    For more info call 919-273-2735