• President Obama Goes to Bat for Steelworkers

    Defends domestic tire makers from illegal Chinese trade practices Responding to pleas for relief from the United Steelworkers union and for the strict enforcement of our trade agreements, President Obama slapped tariffs on imported Chinese tires on September 11, 2009. The move came in response to a complaint filed by the USW with the International […]

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  • National AFL-CIO Convention Held in Pittsburgh

    Officer elections and the President in the House of Labor Immediately following our state convention, the officers and other delegates from unions and Central Labor Councils across North Carolina headed to Pittsburgh, PA for the national convention of the AFL-CIO. The national convention this year marked the end of John Sweeney’s tenure at the helm […]

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  • Excellent Panel: Aid for Dislocated Workers

    We’re at the 52nd Annual Convention in Atlantic Beach this week. In addition to electing officers and executive board members, the convention is an educational opportunity for attending delegates. Today we had a great panel discussion on Aid for Dislocated Workers.  Leading the panel was Roger Shackleford, Executive Director of the Division of Workforce Development […]

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  • Getting Ready for Labor Day 2009

    Events to be held in Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilson If you know of a Labor Day event being held where you live, please let us know so we can share the information with our readers. Western NC Solidarity Picnic in Asheville (9/6) The Western North Carolina Central Labor Council is organizing a Solidarity Picnic […]

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  • Tell Senate to Vote “No” on Anti-Postal Worker Bill

    Amendment to Senate bill would devastate employee pay and benefits We got a call today from NC APWU State Council President Larry Sorrells about an urgent need for support from our labor movement. The United States Senate will vote on a bill next week that includes a provision which would be devastating to postal employees. […]

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  • Court Orders Conti Tire to Arbitrate w/USW 850L

    Fourth circuit appeals decision rejects company’s arguments During major layoffs at Continental Tire in 2006, the union filed two grievances challenging both the company’s failure to provide the extended health insurance benefits and the accelerated distribution of pensions that it had promised. The company refused to arbitrate the grievances, and the union filed suit to […]

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  • Ignoring Congress, Bureau of Prisons Risks Lives

    Take Action: Understaffing at federal prisons is putting lives at risk No one should go to work afraid for their life because of their manager’s willful disregard of the law.  Yet thousands of correctional workers in federal prisons do so every day, reporting for duty in facilities across the country where the ratio of inmates […]

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  • Union, Smithfield Agree to Contract at Tarheel Plant

    Employees will (finally) have a voice at work Nearly 17 years since the world’s largest hog processing plant opened its doors, the 5,000 workers at Smithfield Foods in Tarheel, NC, who voted to form a union late last year, have now approved a collective bargaining agreement with the company. The Raleigh News & Observer reports […]

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  • Get Ready to Stamp Out Hunger this Saturday

    Food drive is this weekend Get out your cans, your boxes, your bags of non-perishable food gathering dust in your cupboard and put them in a bag next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers your mail on Saturday. The Letter Carriers will take care of the rest, and you’ll have done a little […]

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  • Community Organizes Teach-In on Workers’ Rights

    ‘Why We Need Unions’ on Saturday, 5/9 The Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF), one of several community groups to rally support for Moncure workers during their 8-month strike, is hosting a teach-in entitled “Corporate Rule, Bailouts & Greed: Why We Need Unions” in Chapel Hill on Saturday, May 9. The teach-in will […]

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  • Demand Justice in Tobacco Fields

    FLOC demonstration at Reynolds shareholders meeting on May 6th Join with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) at Reynolds Shareholders Meeting to show decision-makers that we support FLOC’s struggle. Reynolds must address the injustices farm workers endure in their supply chain and give workers the respect they deserve! What: Rally outside Reynolds American shareholders meeting […]

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  • Workers Memorial Day Observed

    Decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions. However, the threat of going to work healthy and coming home severely injured – or not coming home at all – remains all too real. According to estimates (PDF document)by the International Labor Organization (ILO), worldwide, 1 million workers […]

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  • Get Ready to Stamp Out Hunger on May 9

    Letter Carriers National Food Drive more important than ever Saturday, May 9, 2009 – letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and town across America will deliver much more than mail. They will also gather donations of non-perishable food in the largest one-day food drive in the nation, the 17th annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger […]

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  • Duke Students Focus on Victory at Moncure Plywood

    Personal stories from strike part of documentary studies presentation The students of the class “Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South” will present the story of the recent strike at Moncure Plywood, as told by the workers themselves. What: Presentation on Victory at Moncure Plywood (download the flyer) When: Wednesday, […]

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  • Strike Ends, Union Declares Victory in Moncure

    Machinists of Local W369 to return to work From the IAM web site: Striking members of Local W369 in Moncure, North Carolina, will return to work at Moncure Plywood with their contract and their dignity intact after ratifying a new three-year contract that preserves seniority rights and sharply restricts the amount of forced overtime employees […]

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