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Scratching Out a Living"Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South"$
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Angela Stuesse

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287204

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287204.001.0001

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Sticking Our Necks Out

Sticking Our Necks Out

Challenges to Union and Workers’ Center Organizing

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(p.147) 7 Sticking Our Necks Out
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Scratching Out a Living
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Angela Stuesse

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520287204.003.0007

This chapter discusses miscommunication and diversity as barriers in organizing labor unions for Mississippi poultry workers. The immigrant and the African American workers could not communicate effectively since their accents and speech patterns vary widely. On that note, the proliferation of Latin Americans from different regions, countries, and ethnic backgrounds made cross-cultural communication even more complex. Also, there were divisions and inequalities among immigrants along lines of nationality, race, and ethnicity, thus making it complicated for the would-be labor justice organizers to create unions. These two factors were further compounded by several other issues such as workers' divergent ideologies about unions and resistance, as well as Latinos' investment in structures of white supremacy.

Keywords:   labor union, African American, Latin Americans, labor justice, diversity, white supremacy, poultry workers

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