March 19, 2020
Resource guides and fact sheets for North Carolina workers, policy recommendations for state and local responses, and opportunities to take action during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The conditions we live and work under are set by those in power, and working people have the power to rewrite the rules by raising the minimum wage and protecting our freedom to join together,” said state AFL-CIO president MaryBe McMillan. “This is a fight for a better future in the state we are proud to call our home.”
Five people were arrested and dozens of workers protested at Charlotte Douglas International Airport as part of national day of action on Valentine’s Day calling on airlines like American, Delta, and United to take action to end poverty and unaffordable health care in the airline catering industry
Dozens of workers and allies from across the state will give focused, passionate testimonies about the effects of a $7.25 minimum wage and advocate for a $15 minimum wage law covering all workers, including historically excluded workers at this public hearing on February 13th in Raleigh.
The 2019 Long Session of the General Assembly’s 2019-2020 Session was indeed a very long one, beginning in January and adjourning in mid-November. For the first time in memory the session extended beyond our annual convention in September. Over 1700 bills were introduced, and we kept an eye on more than 150 bills that related to work or election law in some way.
In 2019, we continued to advance our goal of winning better policies for working people. Together we win, so we hope you will say “Count Me In!” to mobilize your members, elect union-endorsed candidates, and work to build a bigger, more engaged, more powerful labor movement.
In 2020, North Carolina citizens have the opportunity, in Jessica Holmes, to vote for someone who will be a true champion of working people as their next Commissioner of Labor. After years of neglect under Cherie Berry, Jessica Holmes is the fighter we need leading the North Carolina Department of Labor.
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is proud to announce 16 candidates it has endorsed in the 2020 elections—politicians who are dedicated to fighting for working people.
Advanced Labor School is for graduates of Carolina Labor School and local union leaders who want a deeper understanding of labor law, workers’ compensation, collective bargaining, FMLA, grievances and arbitration, and duty-of-fair-representation in a “right-to-work” state.
“No company should limit who you can talk to. Those days have ended. Workers are no one’s property, they are human beings. The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office has a decision to make: will they be complicit in harassing and prohibiting workers from defending their rights or will they defend and protect the people?”
A result of the NC State AFL-CIO’s efforts to build independent political power for working people across North Carolina, we are thrilled to congratulate Yvonne Kinston on her election and five other union members re-elected to local office in 2019.
We kicked off our 62nd Annual Convention in Charlotte, Thursday, Sept. 19. 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.
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred and forty-thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people.