Build Worker Power to Organize the South!

The Southern Workers Assembly is a network of local unions, worker organizations, and organizing committees, committed to building rank-and-file democratic social movement unionism as a foundation for organizing, uniting and transforming labor power throughout the South.

Organize the South Rank and File Program

We know that the only way to change the quality of work and life here is to get organized. The Southern Workers Assembly is currently recruiting workers who want to be a part of leading this change, by getting jobs in key strategic industries across the region and digging in for the long-term to build power with their coworkers.


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Operation Dixie: Lessons for Southern Workers

Operation Dixie was launched by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in early 1946 and ended in 1953. It was an ambitious attempt by the CIO to organize industry, particularly textiles, across the South.

However overdue and necessary this initiative was, it is largely regarded as a failure. As the United Autoworkers (UAW) opens up new organizing drives across the South, and workers in many sectors in the region are stepping forward to organize and fight back, what lessons can be learned from this period and applied to our work today? How can we build a workers movement that can address the urgent need to build worker organization and power across the U.S. South?

Join us for this discussion that will take up these and other questions.



The purpose of the Southern Workers Assembly is to organize rank-and-file workers to achieve a level of worker power through building organization in all kinds of workplaces, uniting them in assemblies, and exercising sufficient power through collectively bargaining contracts with employers, workplace mobilizations, labor and community solidarity, and independent political action.

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We’ve developed guidance for workers on how to take collective and engage your coworkers on issues on your job, toolkits to develop local workers assemblies, political education resources, and much more to assist workers who want to organize and fight for power on the job and in your community.


Take a look at the materials for building power


There are many active campaigns across the South and ongoing work to develop local workers assemblies. If you want to be a part of the fight to organize the South and build worker power, get in touch with the Southern Workers Assembly today!

Reach out & let’s build

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