FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2013
Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, 336-255-2711, firstname.lastname@example.org
STATEMENT BY STATE AFL-CIO SECRETARY-TREASURER MARYBE MCMILLAN ON BILL TO ADD ANTI-WORKER AMENDMENTS TO STATE CONSTITUTION
Today Speaker Tillis and Republican legislators made clear their allegiance to Big Business and corporate campaign donors. They filed bills not only to gut unemployment benefits but also to include three anti-worker amendments in our state constitution.
North Carolina already has a right to work law and a ban on public sector collective bargaining. States that have passed amendments related to secret ballot union elections now face lawsuits and legal expenses. These amendments are a ridiculous waste of taxpayers’ time and money. Legislative leaders should instead focus resources on job creation and economic growth. North Carolinians need jobs not ballots full of unnecessary amendments designed to turn out conservative voters and generate more corporate campaign contributions.
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of all working families. PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.