• We’re Hiring a Paid Intern for Spring 2024!

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    The Spring 2024 internship period runs January 16th through May 15th, depending on job performance and budget. Pay is $18 an hour. We encourage women and people of color to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 27th.

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  • Member Spotlight: Lynn Shoemaker (IATSE)

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    Labor is absolutely the bedrock of America. Nothing else will matter to you if your family can’t afford a roof over your head or food on your table. But we must stand united, moving away from partisan politics that divide us and showing up and out for each other. “We are stronger together” is not a slogan; it is a fact, and it is the only way forward.

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  • 66th Annual Convention Brings Labor Solidarity to Asheville

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    For the 66th year in a row, hundreds of North Carolina union members and leaders, community organizers, and elected officials came together at the Annual Convention of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 7th and 8th in Asheville, to say, “Ain’t no mountain high enough” to stop working people from organizing and mobilizing because life truly is better in a union. 

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  • Op-Ed: Inflation Reduction Act First Anniversary Worth Celebrating

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    This week we joined the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters to recognize the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest investment in clean energy in the history of the United States! Thanks to President Biden’s affordable clean energy plan, North Carolina already has received $9.61 ​billion ​in investments and created 4100 jobs.

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  • United Labor Movement Endorses President Biden for Re-election

    Today the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of unions representing 12.5 million workers across the United States and over 100,000 union members in North Carolina, endorsed President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for re-election. The announcement cements North Carolina’s status as an electoral “battleground state”, where recent elections have been decided by razor thin margins and the efforts of a well-organized statewide membership like the AFL-CIO’s can make a real difference to ensuring the most pro-union presidential administration ever gets four more years in office

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  • Josh Stein for Governor

    Working people in North Carolina need their next governor to be a fighter for freedom, fairness, and the opportunity for everyone–Black, white, and Brown, urban and rural–to live a good life and enjoy shared prosperity, which is why we are proud to endorse Josh Stein.

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  • Welcome our New Staff!

    Thanks to additional funding by the national AFL-CIO to prepare for North Carolina to be an electoral battleground state next year and owing to the departure of our former campaign manager, Aiden Graham, we recently hired five new staff members!

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  • Asheville Calling You to 66th Annual Convention, Sept. 7-8th

    We are excited to notify you that our 66th Annual Convention will be held earlier than usual this year, closing out Labor Day week at the Renaissance in beautiful downtown Asheville! We hope you will say “Count me in!” to join us on Thursday and Friday, September 7-8th. Read the call letter and convention flyer for more details.

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  • Member Spotlight: Amber Dunn (NALC)

    My name is Amber Dunn, and I am a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 545, living in Charlotte, NC, where I deliver mail from the United States Post Office downtown. My union runs Stamp Out Hunger, the largest one-day food drive in America, held every year on the second Saturday in May, and I am honored to serve as the Food Drive Coordinator for my Branch. 

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  • ADVISORY: Community to Honor NC Workers Who Died on the Job

    Local workers, union members, and community leaders will gather outside the North Carolina State Capitol this Friday to commemorate Workers Memorial Day by renewing the call for strong safety protections and remembering 179 workers killed on the job.

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  • Member Spotlight: Isael Mejia (Ironworkers)

    I want people–especially in the construction industry–to know that we don’t have to settle for dangerous and exploitative working conditions. We are experiencing a big change in how people view work. It’s powerful to see more people want to have a voice in their chosen career by forming and joining unions.

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  • Observe Workers Memorial Day April 28th, 2023

    Join us at 10 AM Friday, April 28th in Raleigh for a press conference and solemn memorial service during which participants will toll a bell 179 times – once for each person in North Carolina who died while working for a better life in 2021 – and will renew our fight for strong safety and health protections.

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  • Enroll Now in Carolina Labor School 2023!

    Carolina Labor School will return to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington this July 23-28, 2023! Enroll by June 23rd to get guaranteed admission and pay the lowest tuition rates.

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  • Joint Statement on Removing Barriers to Labor Organizing (Act)

    Today we celebrate the introduction of legislation to repeal North Carolina’s “right-to-work” law and the prohibition on public employee collective bargaining, G.S. 95-98–two relics from the segregation era that belong in the dustbin of history. 

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  • Duke Grad Workers Seek Election to Secure Freedom to Unionize

    Graduate workers at Duke University have filed for an NLRB election after Duke declined to voluntarily recognize the growing majority of the university’s 2,500 PhD student workers who are exercising their freedom to join together in union to have a collective voice in determining pay, benefits, and working conditions.

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