Worker Justice

  • Compromise Reached on Workers’ Compensation Bills

    We are pleased to report that a compromise has been reached on HB 709, after much intense and time-consuming negotiation. The bill that was originally introduced would have had a devastating effect on injured workers in many respects if it had passed as introduced.

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  • Duane Adkinson

    A Man Driven by his Faith to Defend Social Justice and Working People

    Duane Adkinson, a retired UAW member, long-time supporter and activist of the NC AFL-CIO, NC Alliance for Retired Americans Board member, and Triangle At-Large Retiree Club Treasurer, was highlighted in the Garner Citizen newspaper earlier this year for his tireless work on behalf of human rights and social justice (see link below for full story).

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  • June 15 is Collective Bargaining Lobby Day

    Click to download the flyer. Come to Raleigh and support public employees State budget crises across the country have led to major cuts in public services for the public good while ideologues foment resentment of public workers despite research which shows they earn as much as 12% less than their private sector counterparts. In North […]

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  • U.S. DOL Requires Notice of Labor Rights

    Rule implements President Obama’s executive order A new rule published by the Department of Labor will ensure employees of federal contractors and subcontractors know their rights to join and form unions under the National Labor Relations Act. The change means “more stable labor-management relations and a more engaged workforce, which in turn facilitates greater efficiency […]

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  • Going ‘Gaga’ Over Workers’ Rights

    “Don’t get caught in a bad hotel” From the AFL-CIO Blog: Lady Gaga recently made an unexpected appearance at the Westin Saint Francis hotel in San Francisco – in the form of a flash mob singing a pro-worker version of lyrics to her “Bad Romance.” Replete with tuba, trombone, snare drum and a couple dozen […]

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  • Solidarity Rally w/ TSA Employees at Charlotte Airport

    Fight is for collective bargaining rights The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest union of federal workers, has been with employees at the Transportation Security Administration since the department was created in 2002. Workers at TSA, who are the first line of defense at the nation’s airports against terrorist attacks, are not allowed […]

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  • Collective Bargaining Lobby Day Set for June 15

    SAVE THE DATE: 6/15 at 9:00 AM On June 15, 2010, we must stand together to repeal a 50-year-old Jim Crow law (NC General Statute 95-98) that denies a basic human right to the public workers who help make our state run and are essential to our state’s economic recovery. Only North Carolina and Virigina […]

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  • HK on J 2010 Rescheduled for Next Saturday (2/27)

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  • Obama Steps Up Protections for Farm Workers

    Labor Dept. announces new rules for H-2A U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis announced tough new regulations on wages and job safety protections for temporary agricultural workers. The new rules, which will go into effect in time for the 2010 growing season, “reflect the Administration’s commitment to providing fair wages and strong labor protections for […]

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  • Fourth Annual HK on J Rally & March (2/13)

    UPDATE: Postponed until 2/27 due to wintry weather Look for more information next week. Because the change we need must come in North Carolina The NC State AFL-CIO is proud to stand with our partners in the HK on J alliance. Our 14-point People’s Agenda speaks to the change we need in our state capital […]

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  • AFL-CIO to Observe MLK, Jr. Holiday in Greensboro

    Save the Dates: January 14-18, 2010 Every year the national AFL-CIO observes the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with a conference. This year it was in Memphis, TN, the location of the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike at which King rallied for union rights and where he was later assassinated. Next year labor leaders, rank-and-file members, […]

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  • Students Win Big for Workers at Russell Athletic

    Protest outside Target in Washington, DC. Photo by United Students Against Sweatshops. Company agrees to reopen plant it shuttered after workers unionized North Carolina has suffered tens of thousands of job losses to foreign competition. Once those jobs leave our shores, they don’t always stay in one place for long, as multinational corporations close shops […]

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  • America’s Pro-Slavery Business Lobby

    In fighting reforms, Big Business shows it’s darkest side On the November 11 airing of The Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow highlights a report by David Sirota about an article in the insider, Washington, DC publication Inside U.S. Trade in which business groups reveal they’re not worried just about potential Wall St reforms: Business groups are […]

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  • Hickory, NC: A Case Study in Pitfalls of ‘Free Trade’

    Geraldine Ritch lost her job to China, then her house to foreclosure in Hickory, NC (photo by Jim Bounds for Washington Post) Western NC town has 15% unemployment, focus of report by Washington Post North Carolina has lost more jobs – 90,000 – to foreign competition than any other state since 2002, according to the […]

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  • Ending Corporate Abuse: Forced Arbitration

    Read the report by Public Citizen – Forced Arbitration: Unfair and Everywhere (PDF). FairArbitrationNow.org launched to highlight, bring end to the abuse Forced arbitration is giving up your right to go to court if you are harmed by a company. Under forced arbitration, any dispute you have with a company is handled by a third […]

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