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Labor Update for Week of May 28, 2018

Jeremy Sprinkle
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Strong Showing for Labor 2018 Candidates in May Primaries

Unions of working people in Central Labor Councils across North Carolina endorsed 52 local, state, and federal candidates with primary elections in May and helped propel 35 of those candidates to victory and a spot on the general election ballot in November, including big wins in 3 congressional districts. Read more.

Looking Back: Massive May 16th Mobilization For NC Public Schools

On May 16th, tens of thousands of teachers, staff, parents, and students marched on Raleigh to pressure state lawmakers to provide funding for the schools North Carolina students deserve, and North Carolina’s labor federation was there to lend a hand — delivering food in advance for Wake County students, raising money to bus folks to Raleigh, keeping marchers happy and hydrated, and adding our voice of support for the largest collective action taken by North Carolina public employees in recent history. Read more.

Legislators, workers, business owners urge raising minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022

On May 22nd, the Raising Wages NC coalition — a growing campaign of legislators, workers, advocates, businesses, and faith leaders — urged passage of legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020 and $15 an hour by 2022. Raising the minimum wage is good for businesses, good for workers, and good for the economy, advocates, workers, and lawmakers said. Read more.

Watch our broadcast of the #15forNC press conference.

"NC Needs Unions" Town Hall Coming to Durham June 14th

Elected officials and candidates will join a town hall meeting on Thursday, June 14th with people who work in fast food, public services, home care, childcare, and higher education to highlight the need to make it easier for working people to join together in unions in North Carolina in order to raise wages and create thriving communities. Read more.

Register for Labor School by Friday to Guarantee Admission

While we’ll continue to accept registrations after the deadline and will try to accommodate everyone, only the first 80 students registered will be guaranteed seats by the order in which they’re registered – so don’t wait! The pre-registration deadline for guaranteed seats is Friday, June 1, 2018. Read more.

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News that Works

Trump makes it easier to fire federal workers, cuts union powers

Trump signs orders targeting federal workers, union activities

Trump Signs Orders Cracking Down on Federal Workers' Unions

Supreme Court Denies Working People Their Basic Legal Rights

Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers' Rights

CEO-to-worker Pay Ratio Now at 361 to 1

NC Dems Renew Fight For $15

NC Dems push again to raise minimum wage

Univision 40 coverage of the #15forNC Lobby Day

Advocates for $15 minimum wage call on NC lawmakers for hike

'We're Being Forgotten': Advocates for $15 Minimum Wage Call on NC Lawmakers

How the current minimum wage hurts kids



Take Action


President Trump tries to strip federal workers of union rights

President Trump is attempting to silence the voice of veterans, law enforcement officers, and other frontline federal workers through a series of executive orders intended to strip federal employees of their decades-old right to representation at the worksite.
Learn more.

Call 202-456-1111 and urge the White House to stop silencing the voices of working people.

Upcoming Events

May 29: Poor People's Campaign Week #3 action

May 30: Sidewalk press conference about Charlotte construction worker death

June 1: NC State AFL-CIO Executive Board meeting

June 1: Deadline to register for Carolina Labor School

June 5: Fair Courts, Fair Votes Day of Action

June 6-8: Center for Strategic Research training

June 11: Poor People's Campaign Week #4 action

June 12: NC Alliance for Retired Americans convention

June 14: NC Needs Unions Town Hall

June 15: Deadline to apply for a WILL apprenticeship

July 8-13: Carolina Labor School