Labor Update for April 16, 2018

From the Blog

Grab the NC Labor 2018 Voter Guide to the May 8th Primary

Which candidates are running with the union label in North Carolina’s primary elections May 8th? If you are looking for election-related videos and print material – including slates and flyers, voter tools and election info, and important dates and times – this guide is for you! Read more.

Remember the Dead at 2018 Workers Memorial Day Service

Join us at 10 AM Friday, April 27th in Raleigh for a press conference and solemn memorial service during which participants will toll a bell 174 times – once for each person in North Carolina who died while working for a better life in 2016 – and will call for the state Department of Labor to do more to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities. Read more.

News that Works

Our view: N.C. teachers deserve better

With strike looming, Arizona governor bends to teacher demands

Women workers score a court victory for Equal Pay Day

Southern Labor Leaders Unite Around a Common Strategy to Build Worker Power

Chicago Tribune newsroom staffers announce intent to unionize

As a secretive hedge fund guts its newspapers, journalists are fighting back


Poor People’s Campaign to begin 40 days of action next month

Supreme Court’s Wage, Hour Shift: More Than Minor Tuneup


Take Action

Boycott VUSE e-cigarettes by Reynolds

We need you to stand with farm workers by boycotting VUSE and demanding that convenience stores stop selling this product until Reynolds agrees to give farm workers a voice and a practical mechanism that they can use to negotiate better working and living conditions without fear of retaliation!

  1. Sign the Boycott VUSE online petition
  2. Ask organizations and churches to formally endorse the boycott
  3. Participate in an action at a WAWA, Circle-K, Kangaroo, or 7/11 convenience store demanding that the store stops selling VUSE products until Reynolds signs an agreement with FLOC
  4. Leave a one star review on Yelp or Google for convenience stores that refuse to drop VUSE
  5. Write a letter to your local newspaper
  6. Talk about the boycott on social media, making sure to tag your posts and tweets with #BoycottVUSE and @RAI_News

Read more.


Register for the Raising Wages NC Lobby Day, May 22nd

It is time for our elected officials to hear loud and clear: Now is the time to do right by workers and put NC on a path to $15 an hour. SIGN UP

Upcoming Events

April today-20: Boycott VUSE

April 27: Workers’ Memorial Day service in Raleigh

April 28: Workers’ Memorial Day

May 3: Durham Workers Assembly #5

May 8: Primary Election Day

May 9: Documentary screening in Charlotte of “Union Time”

May 22: Raising Wages NC Lobby Day

June 1: NC State AFL-CIO Executive Board meeting

June 1: Deadline to register for Carolina Labor School

June 12: NC Alliance for Retired Americans convention

June 15: Deadline to apply for a WILL apprenticeship

July 8-13: Carolina Labor School