Posted on November 21, 2019

Southern Poverty Law Center Won’t Voluntarily Recognize Employee Union

Brian Lyman, Montgomery Advertiser, November 12, 2019

Morris Dees and Heidi Beirich

Morris Dees and Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Credit Image: © Buchan / Rex Shutterstock via ZUMA Press)

Southern Poverty Law Center management said Tuesday they would not voluntarily recognize a union organized by employees at the civil rights nonprofit and have hired a Virginia law firm whose website boasts about victories over labor organization attempts.


The SPLC Union said in a statement Tuesday it was “disappointed” in the decision but that it would go through an election, if necessary.


SPLC employees formed the union after a year of turmoil in the civil rights organization that saw founder Morris Dees fired and several top executives, including President Richard Cohen and Legal Director Rhonda Brownstein, depart the SPLC.