Posts tagged Step Up Louisiana

    Dollar store workers are organizing for a better workplace. Just don’t call it a union.

    August 18, 2022 // But among the high profits and skyrocketing stock prices, workers are protesting. Around 100 protesters gathered outside a Dollar General shareholder meeting in Goodlettsville, Tennessee last May. Most of them came with the organization Step Up Louisiana. Jackson has been training as an organizer with the group, specifically to work with dollar store workers. Yet the group is careful to clarify that it’s not a union. It has been organizing workers and supporting unions, but doesn’t see unionizing as the best way to improve dollar stores. “We’re not a union,” Jackson said. “I don’t know if we ever will be but I do know we have momentum right now.” Kenya Slaughter, Cedric de Leon, University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Labor Center Mary Anne Trasciatti, Hofstra University, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, WBHM in Alabama and WWNO and WRKF in Louisiana and NPR

    ‘You saw us coming’: Dollar General turns away activists and workers from shareholder meeting after they arrived late

    May 27, 2022 // The Tennessean reported that about 125 organizers were present at the demonstration and the march down from a local park, calling for a wage of $15 an hour, a frequent demand of activist groups and progressives. (The federal minimum wage remains $7.25.)