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About our coalition

The Alabama Coalition for Community Benefits is a coalition of labor, community, civil rights, faith, and environmental justice groups working to hold corporations that do business in the South accountable to workers and communities. 

What we’re fighting for

Erica Iheme, southern director at Jobs to Move America, speaks at a community rally in Bessemer in support of Amazon workers.

The Alabama Coalition for Community Benefits has supported the unionization drive of workers at the Amazon plant in Bessemer. Watch our video in solidarity with Amazon workers here.

What is a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA)?

Our coalition in Alabama and New Flyer, the largest electric bus manufacturer in North America, signed our Community Benefits Agreement(CBA) on May 24, 2022. This is our first multi-state agreement, impacting New Flyer facilities in Anniston, AL and Ontario, CA. It supports the creation of robust manufacturing jobs through investments in workforce development and training programs, especially for historically disadvantaged people. Learn more about CBAs here.

Why we do it

Manufacturing is making a comeback in Alabama and the deep South. 

But while the burgeoning sector has promised economic growth and the creation of jobs, there is also a catch: global companies are flocking to the South lured by huge government tax breaks, laxer labor laws, and pro-business, anti-worker policies. Alabama alone has granted approximately $8 billion in corporate subsidies over the past two decades. The result? Global corporations set up shop in Southern communities, making huge profits while giving workers the short end of the stick.

The Alabama Coalition for Community Benefits is organizing to ensure that workers and communities see real benefits from our government’s investment of public tax dollars in private corporations — and that companies that move in next door are good neighbors and good employers

Who we are

Current coalition partners include:

A Better Balance
Alabama NAACP
Adelante Alabama Worker Center
Alabama Arise
Alabama Forward
Alabama Rivers Alliance
Energy Alabama

Communications Workers of America (CWA)
Jobs to Move America
Greater-Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution
Greater Birmingham Ministries
The People’s Justice Council
Southern Policy Law Center (SPLU)

Hometown Action
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
United Auto Workers (UAW)
United Steelworkers (USW)
Faith in Action
Alabama Interfaith Power & Light

More about us

Check out this coverage of our community rally in solidarity with the Amazon drive.

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If you want to support the Alabama Coalition for Community Benefits and stand up for Southern workers and communities, add your name to our list. You’ll receive important action alerts and news about our campaign.

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