September 2, 2019
I do not go around asking people if they believe in God. But I frequently ask people if they believe in labor unions.
United Steelworkers (USW) Smoky Mountain Local 507, AFL-CIO, CLC proudly hosted the 113th Canton Labor Day Parade, North Carolina’s longest-running Labor Day parade, featuring a float by the Western North Carolina Central Labor Council marshalled by NC State AFL-CIO president MaryBe McMillan.
For over forty years now, successive generations of millworkers and members of United Steelworkers Smoky Mountain Local 507 have used their freedom to join together in union to organize and ensure shared prosperity in the tiny mountain town of Canton, North Carolina.
Worker organizing past and present is the cover story of the Labor Day 2018 issue of Creative Loafing Charlotte, featuring quotes from North Carolina State AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan, IBEW Local 379 President and state AFL-CIO Vice President Scott Thrower, and Ben Lee, chairman of the Charlotte Labor Day Parade Committee.
Local cooks and cashiers from McDonald’s, Burger King, and other restaurants announced Friday that they will walk off the job on Labor Day, joining strikes by fast-food workers in 300 cities from coast to coast.
This Labor Day, we are asking working families across the country to take action and commit to improving the lives of all working people by voting, for a better life. On November 8, 2016, working people will flock to the polls to support policies and candidates that are dedicated to creating fundamental, lasting change for everyone, not just the wealthy few.
Working people in North Carolina commemorated Labor Day this year with a parade and picnics, prayers in the pulpits, and community service to honor the American worker and to celebrate the incredible achievements of all people who are working for a better life.
North Carolina State AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer MaryBe McMillan sat down for an interview for the radio program News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to talk about the future of work in North Carolina and efforts to raise the wages of working people in our state.
“We can no longer devalue the importance of a collective voice for workers. We can no longer hope that corporations and policy makers will do the right thing because we ask them to. We have to return to what works for working people — labor unions.”
Come out for an “old fashioned, union made” parade when the biggest and longest-running Labor Day parade in the Carolinas returns to Charlotte in 2015, featuring local union floats and marchers as well as stepping groups, bands, and more.
On the Saturday before Labor Day, join AFL-CIO community affiliate Working America for fun, fellowship, and a free lunch when they hold their Labor Day weekend celebration and open house at their office in Greensboro.
North Carolina is getting a new workers’ center in time for Labor Day, and they’re inviting you to take the mic and have your say about life as a worker in Greensboro.
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred and forty-thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people.