February 19, 2018
Labor Update: Week of February 19, 2018
From Our Blog
Twitter Power Challenge: Fill 50 Seats or Bust!
North Carolina’s labor federation will host a “Twitter Power Academy” to train and equip organizers, staff, and activists on how best to use with tools to shape news coverage, recruit influential allies to our causes, and hold elected officials accountable — but only if affiliates and community allies enroll 50 people by March 7th. Read more.
Charlotte Bus Driver and Union Member Profiled for Good Works
SMART Union member and CATS bus driver Debra Franklin is getting recognition for giving back to the Queen City community. Read more.
Report: Mondelēz-Nabisco Exploits Workers, Damages Communities
Interfaith Worker Justice recently published a report following a four-month international investigation into Mondelēz outsourcing of good, family-sustaining jobs to Mexico where workers only make about a dollar an hour. Read more.
Op-Ed: Working people are under attack in our country
With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments in the case of Janus v. AFSCME later this month, North Carolina State House Representative Pricey Harrison wrote an excellent defense of our freedom to join in strong unions for an op-ed published recently by the Greensboro News & Record. Read more.
It’s About Freedom: Working People’s Day of Action Feb. 24th
On February 24, join thousands of working people and our allies standing up for our freedoms and demanding an end to a system that’s rigged against us. Here’s why that matters and how you can help! Read more.
Striking Workers Rally Over Abuses by NCDOT Contractor Border Rebar
Clergy, members of community & civic organizations, labor advocates, public servants, and private citizens held a sidewalk rally with striking Border Rebar workers outside NCDOT to draw attention to dangerous and abusive working conditions at one of its contractors, Border Rebar, and to call on the Department to meet and discuss implementing responsible contractor policies. Read more.
News that Works
Senate Rejects Immigration Plans, Leaving Fate of Dreamers Uncertain
Will Republicans be able to dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?
AFL-CIO President Trumka tells unions it’s time to go on offense
Trump budget slashes food stamps and Medicare to feed the military
How Progressives Can Criticize Trump’s $7 Trillion Deficit Without Preaching Austerity
50 Years After Memphis Sanitation Workers Went On Strike, Remembering MLK’s Words
Enroll Now in the Twitter Power Academy!
Public debate on issues that matter to working people increasingly plays out on Twitter, where hashtags like #WeAreNotThis or #MeToo can rally opposition to harmful laws like HB2 or drive a national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace. Our labor movement must be engaged in the debate if we want to win over hearts and minds on issues like fair wages and our freedom to form unions. Read more.