Who We Are
Union of Southern Service Workers (USSW) is built by and for low-wage workers across the service industry. We are building our union by any means necessary, and building it in a way that makes sense for us.
We are digging in for the long haul because we know that there is no solution other than collective action by workers.
Union of Southern Service Workers is building worker power. We are coming together across the service industry because this fight is so much bigger than any one employer.
We are organizing to win structural changes at our jobs and for our communities. We are fighting to transform our low wage, high turnover jobs into good union jobs. USSW members are taking collective action to shift the balance of power in the South.
- We demand dignity & equal treatment.
- We demand health and safety.
- We demand fair and consistent scheduling.
- We demand fair pay we can build lives on.
- We exercise our right to organize & We demand a seat at the table.
Workers in the South face unique challenges that require a unique strategy.
Throughout history, workers in the South— especially Black and brown workers— have been excluded from the right to form a union. This history of exclusion continues today with low-wage service workers. For most of us, it is almost impossible or completely impossible to form a union through the existing rules.
We are building a union despite the fact that the rules are rigged against us as Southern workers. We are building a union by any means necessary, and building it in a way that makes sense for us.
We are organizing to win structural changes at our jobs and in our society.
We are organizing to shift the balance of power in the South.
We are going to transform our low wage, high turnover jobs into good union jobs.
We know there’s a long road ahead. But we know that workers uniting and taking collective action is the only way forward.