May 3, 2013
An uphill battle for working families
Since the deadline for the filing of most bills in the North Carolina General Assembly has recently passed, we thought this might be a good opportunity to offer a very brief review of what has happened to date.
Over 1700 bills have been filed. We have identified well over 250 that we will be keeping an eye on. As examples, there are over a dozen bills on workers’ compensation, almost as many on unemployment, over three dozen bills on election issues, a half dozen aimed just at unions, as well as bills on education, taxes, consumer issues and some bills of importance to those working in specific industries. Most of these bills have not yet been considered; some may never be.
In our legislative agenda prepared before this legislative session began, we indicated that it would be challenging to garner support for our positions given the current make-up of the legislature, and that has certainly been the case to date.
Overall, the legislative landscape remains grim, littered with examples of disdain for workers, disdain for unions, and many other causes for concern.