• 4 Employment Terms to Get Right: “At-Will” doctrine

    Employment relationships in North Carolina are presumed to be “at-will,” but what does that actually mean and what’s the best exception to the rule?

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  • Mike’s Take on the NCGA: #HB2

    In the final installment of our video series on issues that’ll be important to working people when the NCGA reconvenes, our general counsel weighs in on the effects of House Bill 2, Gov. McCrory’s executive order, and his hope for how lawmakers will deal with the fallout during the 2016 legislative session.

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  • Mike’s Take on the NCGA: Unemployment Insurance

    In the second installment of our video series on issues that’ll be important to working people when the NCGA reconvenes, our general counsel offers one way it could begin to restore fairness after years of unemployment benefit cuts.

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  • Our general counsel gives his take on issues facing the 2016 NCGA

    Mike Okun

    A new 3-part video series debuting today and featuring NC State AFL-CIO General Counsel Mike Okun aims to fill us in on three issues of concern to working people when the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes April 25th for its 2016 “short” session.

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  • Mike Okun honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Mike Okun, our General Counsel, has been inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor the state of North Carolina can bestow on one of her citizens. To our knowledge, Mike is the first labor leader to receive this prestigious recognition.

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  • Newly-Confirmed NLRB Board Member Mark Pearce to Visit NC

    75th Anniversary of NLRB on Nov. 19 Mark Pearce, formerly a union attorney who was recently nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to the NLRB, will be visiting North Carolina to speak at a luncheon celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the NLRB and the 60th Anniversary of Region 11. The luncheon will […]

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  • Labor School Class of 2010 Armed with Knowledge

    Education is power for workers Professor Judi King, CLEAR, who began her retirement after Labor School this year. We’ll miss you, Judi! More than 50 students from local unions representing public and private sector workers across North Carolina attended Carolina Labor School July 11-16 on the campus of UNC Wilmington. The class this year seemed […]

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  • Unions’ Petition Secures TAA Benefits at Philip Morris

    Former employees at Concord, NC plant to get assistance Shortly after last year’s stimulus package included a little-publicized provision that liberalized the eligibility requirements for Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) benefits, IAMAW Local Lodge 108 and BCTGM Local 229T, the two unions representing employees at the Philip Morris facility in Concord, filed a joint petition seeking […]

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  • Honors for Our General Counsel, Mike Okun

    In this month’s Business NC magazine, our General Counsel, Mike Okun, was once again selected as one of the state’s “Legal Elite,” a recognition received by only about 3% of the state’s lawyers. Also, at a dinner in Washington last November, Mike was inducted as a Fellow in the national College of Labor and Employment […]

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