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REPORT: Lobby for HOPE '09

Jeremy Sprinkle
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(Picture) Scene after ConAgra plant explosion in Garner, NCTriple Play at Lobby Day

On May 26 public employees and supporters from across North Carolina converged on Raleigh for HOPE's second Collective Bargaining Lobby Day. Hundreds of people from 22 counties lobbied their legislators in person and through HOPE's virtual lobby and call-in day.

Our strategy this year followed on three tracks: 1. Mock funeral for G.S. 95-98, the 50 year-old statute that bans public employee bargaining. 2. Meetings with NC House Speaker Joe Hackney. 3. Hearing of NC Senate State and Local Government Committee. Additionally, participants in our Virtual Lobby for HOPE campaign sent over 1,700 emails to the Senate committee!

Read the full report and see a picture slide show from Lobby Day at the HOPE web site, Here's video of the mock funeral:

(Video) Mock funeral for GS95-98 at Lobby for HOPE 09