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Knocking on Labor's DoorUnion Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide$
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Lane Windham

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632070

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632070.001.0001

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Out of the Southern Frying Pan, into the Global Fire

Out of the Southern Frying Pan, into the Global Fire

(p.107) 5 Out of the Southern Frying Pan, into the Global Fire
Knocking on Labor's Door

Lane Windham

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores two union elections among textile workers at Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, North Carolina (near Charlotte) in 1974 and 1985. This chapter puts union organizing into dialogue with shifting textile trade policy and with the impacts of gains from the civil rights movement on textile employment. It shows how employers manipulated a globalizing economy to suppress workers’ union organizing efforts.

Keywords:   Cannon Mills, Kannapolis, textile industry, Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA), Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), Multi-Fiber Arrangement (MFA), Southern textiles

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