DURHAM — A panel discussion in Durham on organizing workers in the South is coming on the heels of a narrow loss to unionize a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.
The state chapter of the AFL-CIO and other organizations are sponsoring the event Monday at the Center for Documentary Studies.
Panelists will discuss the AFL-CIO's recent resolution calling for a Southern organizing strategy. The effort also aims to cover the region's labor history and the political influence of the South on the nation.
The United Auto Workers fell 87 votes short Thursday of organizing the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. It would have been its first successful organization of workers at a foreign automaker in the South.
North Carolina has the lowest level of union membership in the country.