“This bill is about restoring the full rights of public employees who are currently given the right to unionize but can’t enjoy the protections and benefits of a collectively negotiated contract,” said Sen. Nickel. “These employees deserve equal treatment under the law, and now is the time to give it to them.”
Lawmakers, workers, and labor and community leaders will announce legislation to value public service by repealing North Carolina’s Jim Crow-era ban on collective bargaining agreements at a legislative press conference April 24th.
March 22, 2019
NC Lawmakers Join the Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage
North Carolina lawmakers joined the Raising Wages NC coalition at a legislative press conference March 19th to announce the introduction of bills in the state house and state senate that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, eliminate subminimum wages for people with disabilities and tip workers, and cover domestic and farm workers for the first time ever.
March 22, 2019
Calls to Lawmakers Needed to Avert Disaster on NC Railroads
Requiring 2-person crews a matter of public safety after a freight train derailment destroyed a Canadian town. A bill soon to be introduced in North Carolina would do just that, and unions of people working on our railroads need your help to win support for its passage.
March 19, 2019
“Raising the Minimum Wage is for Everyone”: NC Lawmakers Join the Fight for $15 an Hour and to Cover More Workers
Lawmakers, workers, business owners announce legislation raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years, ending subminimum wages, repealing exemptions for agricultural and domestic workers.
June 29, 2017
Statement on Anti-Union Amendment to Farm Bill (S615)
Legislators should be ashamed of themselves for this sneak attack on some of our state’s most vulnerable working people.
June 17, 2017
Call for Fixes to NC Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Today the trust fund that pays unemployment benefits has over $3 BILLION in assets – more than enough cushion to warrant changing the law by reversing the takeaways of 2013 and giving working people who fall on hard times a fair shake.
April 27th was the deadline for state bills to pass one chamber and “crossover” to the next in order to still be viable this session. Here’s what that means for the issues we’re following.
March 10, 2017
Campaign Launched to Raise NC’s Minimum Wage to #15in5
In recognition of International Women’s Day, state lawmakers joined Raising Wages NC to kickoff a new campaign and to introduce legislation for $15 an hour by 2022.
January 13, 2017
Redistricting Reform In-Focus on First Day of New NCGA
State lawmakers convened the first session of the 2017-18 General Assembly on Wednesday, and a coalition of groups including the NC State AFL-CIO held a press conference to once again call for lawmakers to stop choosing their voters by implementing independent redistricting in North Carolina.
January 9, 2017
Shenanigans and Power Grabs: NCGA’s Dec. 2016 “Special Sessions”
Some called what the veto-proof Republican majority in our legislature pulled off in its December 14-21 special sessions “shenanigans,” while others, including the New York Times, called it a “brazen power grab.” Either way, the shoe fits.
April 22, 2016
Mike’s Take on the NCGA: #HB2
In the final installment of our video series on issues that’ll be important to working people when the NCGA reconvenes, our general counsel weighs in on the effects of House Bill 2, Gov. McCrory’s executive order, and his hope for how lawmakers will deal with the fallout during the 2016 legislative session.
April 21, 2016
Mike’s Take on the NCGA: Unemployment Insurance
In the second installment of our video series on issues that’ll be important to working people when the NCGA reconvenes, our general counsel offers one way it could begin to restore fairness after years of unemployment benefit cuts.
A new 3-part video series debuting today and featuring NC State AFL-CIO General Counsel Mike Okun aims to fill us in on three issues of concern to working people when the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes April 25th for its 2016 “short” session.
March 31, 2016
MaryBe McMillan sounds alarm about anti-worker HB2
MaryBe McMillan took to the airwaves last night to expose the anti-worker effects of North Carolina’s controversial new law, H.B. 2 on The Rick Smith Show.