October 23, 2015
The more low-wage workers hear about the Fight for $15, the better, which makes the nationwide day of action on November 10 more important than ever.
The Fight for $15 and a union will convene a forum at the state legislature on October 7th to take testimony from workers and supporters and to call for the creation of a “People’s Wage Board” to advocate for raising wages in North Carolina.
Supporters of raising wages, led by AFL-CIO community affiliate Working America, scored a big win in the City of Greensboro this week when city council members voted to increase the minimum wage for city workers.
This is a follow up to a story we told you about a special event in Charlotte where supporters of the Fight for $15 and a union took the concerns of working people in the Queen City directly to those running to be their next mayor.
Supporters of raising wages packed the first City Council meeting after the community wage panel discussion. On Tuesday, August 18, we’ll have another opportunity to urge Greensboro to up pay for its lowest paid city workers!
The Fight for $15 and a union will hold a public mayoral forum in Charlotte on Tuesday, August 18 where members of the public will get to meet and directly address candidates about their commitment to raising wages for workers in Charlotte.
Raise Up is having its first childcare worker forum this upcoming Tuesday, August 4th in Raleigh where workers, parents, and allies will talk about the need for affordable accessible childcare for working parents and living wages and union rights for childcare workers.
Supporters of raising wages are urged to pack a Greensboro City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 3 after a recent community panel hosted by Working America showed the need to boost pay for city workers currently paid so little that many qualify for public assistance.
Public comment is needed as the US Department of Labor has proposed updates to the rules that determine which working people are eligible for overtime, a change that will immediately boost the pay of 160,000 North Carolina workers.
Federal workers without a union on their side would get a major economic boost if the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee would adopt a proposal by AFGE and other unions to boost the federal minimum wage of hourly employees to $15 an hour.
Two years ago, people who work as cooks and cashiers in fast food restaurants launched a movement to raise their wages to $15/hour and win the right to form a union without retaliation. Now that movement is growing.
Union members from across the state came to Raleigh this week for the rollout of “A Working People’s” legislative agenda at our biennial labor legislative conference and lobby day where they also honored public and private sector workers and lawmakers engaged in the fight for raising wages.
MaryBe McMillan, Secretary-Treasurer of the North Carolina chapter of the AFL-CIO, traveled to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to emcee the first ever National Summit on Raising Wages, which featured speeches by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and others.
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.