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  • As Election Results Come In, We Need to Count Every Vote

    Elections are a process, and that process does not end until we have certified the results and sworn in the leaders that the voters have chosen in a peaceful transfer of power. This is the way American democracy has worked since the first presidential election ended in 1789, through the Civil War, the Great Depression, and two World Wars. It may take longer this year to obtain all the results, but the people of the American labor movement remain committed to seeing democracy endure.

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  • Election Explainer – NC Labor Commissioner

    For two decades, the health, safety, and wages of workers in North Carolina have all been neglected by the agency that sets standards for how employers treat and compensate their workers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, things have only gotten worse. The good news is that we have the power to elect a new Labor Commissioner this year, and unions of working people have endorsed Jessica Holmes.

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  • NC AFL-CIO Endorses 2020 Judicial Candidates

    Judicial races receive far less attention than the higher-profile races that appear higher on the ballot, but North Carolina’s judicial branch makes decisions that affect the lives of our state’s workers and our state’s democracy.

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  • NC Workers Call on Tillis to Put Working Families Ahead of Politics

    Photo of Thom Tillis by Gage Skidmore

    Workers are calling on Thom Tillis to stop putting Mitch McConnell’s priorities, including ramming through a Supreme Court nomination, ahead of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians who face unemployment, foreclosure and other serious economic consequences due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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  • Recap: NC State AFL-CIO’s 63rd Annual Convention

    Our 63rd Annual Convention was unlike any other! The 2-day event held at home featured inspiring speeches by Governor Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein, CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Seffens, USW International VP Fred Redmond, and Jessica Holmes, our outstanding candidate for NC Labor Commissioner. The convention also celebrated the recent organizing victory of nurses in Asheville and the hard fought and successful strike of UAW members at General Motors last year.

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  • Voting by Mail in North Carolina: A Guide

    North Carolina union members and voters across the state are turning to safe and secure absentee ballots for the November election in increasing numbers this year because of the pandemic. Over 950,000 voters in our state have requested absentee ballots, more than 12 times the numbers in 2016, and over 150,000 ballots have been cast by mail already this year.

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  • NC State AFL-CIO Holds 63rd Annual Convention @ Home

    The NC State AFL-CIO’s 63rd Annual Convention was held online this year via Zoom, Thursday and Friday, September 24th and 25th. The two-day convention brought together labor, community, and political leaders from across the state to discuss ways to fight for a better future through organizing, political power, and community building.

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  • Congratulations to Nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville

    We congratulate the nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville on winning their union with National Nurses United by an over two-to-one margin!

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  • For Labor Day, Pledge to Elect People Who Will Fight for Our Rights and Freedoms

    When it’s time to go to bed after a holiday with friends and family, let’s reflect on why many of us had the day off—to recognize the many decades that working people have spent organizing for and fighting to secure safe, good-paying jobs for all of us—black, white, and brown alike. Then let’s pledge that in November, we’ll elect Joe Biden, Cal Cunningham, Jessica Holmes, and other people to local, state, and federal offices who will fight for our rights and freedoms.

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  • NC AFL-CIO Holds Third 2020 Statewide Candidate Town Hall

    Over 100 union members gathered in a zoom meeting Thursday evening to participate in a virtual town hall with four statewide candidates in North Carolina. This town hall, the third and final in the state AFL-CIO’s “Labor 2020” series, featured Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction Jen Mangrum, candidate for State Treasurer Ronnie Chatterji, and candidate for State Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. The event highlighted the importance of these races to working families in North Carolina and the opportunities for progress that new leadership will bring.

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  • Statement on President Trump’s Food Line Photo Op in Mills River

    Working people don’t want food line handouts and presidential photo-ops. What workers need are presidential leadership and the passage of the HEROES Act, which would include the extension of the $600 per week federal supplemental unemployment benefit so that they can afford to buy their own food and take care of their families.

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  • “Be True Patriots”: NC Workers Demand Senators Tillis and Burr Pass HEROES Act

    Today in an online town hall and press call organized by the state AFL-CIO, members and leaders from unions of working people in North Carolina called on Senator Thom Tillis to support the essential role of working people in this pandemic by passing the HEROES Act, legislation which the U.S. House passed on May 15th to protect the lives and livelihoods of working Americans still grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, Senator Tillis declined an invitation to participate in the town hall.

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  • ADVISORY: Workers to Demand Congress Pass HEROES Act July 28th

    In a press call this Tuesday, July 28th at 12pm ET, members and leaders from unions of working people in North Carolina will be calling on Senator Thom Tillis to support the essential role of working people in this pandemic by passing the HEROES Act, legislation that already passed the U.S. House in May to protect the lives and livelihoods of working Americans still grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • NC AFL-CIO Holds Second 2020 Candidates Town Hall

    Over 140 union members gathered in a zoom meeting July 23rd to participate in a virtual town hall with two statewide candidates in North Carolina–US Senate candidate Cal Cunningham and NC Labor Commissioner candidate Jessica Holmes.

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  • NC State AFL-CIO 63rd Annual Convention ONLINE, Sept. 24-25th

    We will miss seeing you in person, but during this pandemic, safety comes first, which is why our Executive Board voted to move the convention online. We have lined up exciting speakers including Sara Steffens, Secretary-Treasurer of the Communication Workers (CWA), Fred Redmond, International Vice President of the Steelworkers (USW), North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and endorsed candidates like Cal Cunningham for US Senate and Jessica Holmes for Labor Commissioner. We hope you will say “Count me in!” to join us on Thursday and Friday, September 24-25, 2020!

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