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  • New overtime rules cover 156,000 more salaried North Carolinians

    U.S. Department of Labor this week finalized a new overtime rule, effective December 1st, that doubles the cap for salaried workers to be eligible for overtime pay to $913/week ($47,476/year), directly affecting 425,000 salaried workers in North Carolina.

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  • Nov. 6 a good day for the good guys – but not in N.C.

    If you take the national view, Election Day was a good day for labor-endorsed candidates. Best of all, President Obama won re-election with 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206. However, the picture in North Carolina is not so rosy.

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  • Secretary Solis’ Labor Day 2012 Message

    Elections have consequences, and one of the best consequences of Barack Obama’s election as President was the appointment of Hilda Solis as our Secretary of Labor.

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  • The Choice We Face this November 6th

    For those who could use a reminder of the choice we face this November as a nation of workers and union members, the Building and Construction Trades Division, AFL-CIO, released a must-watch video this week, and it’s a knockout.

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  • President Obama visits Freightliner plant in Mount Holly, NC

    The President bragged about North Carolina workers and the new trucks they are building in our state. “Now, here at Daimler, you’re not just building trucks. You’re building better trucks,” said the President.

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  • Obama Meets with AFL-CIO Executive Council

    Click to watch video of President Obama’s speech. Renews pledge to support EFCA, continue fighting for workers President Obama addressed the leadership of the AFL-CIO at the recent Executive Council meeting in Washington, DC. Touting the major legislative accomplishments of his administration – health reform and Wall Street reform chief among them – the President […]

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  • Relief for the Middle Class at Tax Time

    Chances are good you’ll pay less in taxes this year One of candidate Obama’s main campaign promises was to reduce the tax burden on the middle class. President Obama made that promise a reality when he signed the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the stimulus). Over 1/3 of all money in the Recovery […]

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  • Health Reform is Law of the Land

    Most significant social reform since Medicare On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the most sweeping changes to our health insurance system since the enactment of Medicare in 1965. Among the usual guests at the bill signing ceremony in the White House – figures like Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Senate […]

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  • One Year Later, Two Million Jobs Saved

    The Recovery Act is working One year ago this week, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. At the time our economy was in free fall, the stock market had tanked, and job losses were topping 800,000 a month. Millions of Americans who lost their jobs were also losing their health […]

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  • The State of the Union and the Union’s Response

    One year into his presidency, still much more to do On Wednesday, President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address. In his speech, the President recommitted his administration to economic recovery and job creation, announced bold new education initiatives, chided the Senate for being too slow to enact a series of reform bills […]

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