The State of Things
12:16 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Evolving Labor Movement in North Carolina

Fast Food Strikes, NYC, July 2013
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Frank Stasio speaks with guests about the fast food protests and the history of the labor movement in the state.

Across the country today, thousands of fast food workers are walking off their jobs to demand a living wage and the right to unionize. WalMart employees have also walked off the job as part of an effort to force the company to change their policies. WalMart workers will again strike nationwide next week.

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Business & Economy
4:35 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

United Steelworkers Union Reaches Deal With Goodyear, Calls Off Strike

The strike would have begun at midnight on Saturday.
Credit Gmanviz via Flickr, Creative Commons

The United Steelworkers Union has reached an agreement with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company that will avoid a strike at several facilities across the country, including the Goodyear plant in Fayetteville.

The negotiations were over a four-year labor agreement for 8,500 hourly employees at six plants. Terry Brewington is Vice president of the Fayetteville office of United Steelworkers. He said his union was fighting for cost of living raises, more vacation time for new hires and increased wages for people hired after 2006.

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The State of Things
10:25 am
Fri October 31, 2008

Smithfield Settlement

WUNC Reporter Dave DeWitt joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the case and what the settlement means for unions in North Carolina.

Smithfield Foods and the United Food and Commercial Workers settled a federal racketeering lawsuit this week. Now the nearly five thousand workers at the plant in Tar Heel will have another chance to vote on union representation.

Business & Economy
8:24 am
Wed February 6, 2008

Union Fight Headed To Court

Dave DeWitt reports on the unionization of the Tar Heel hog processing plant.

The fight between Smithfield and the United Food and Commercial Workers over unionizing the Tar Heel hog processing plant has entered a new phase. A federal judge in Virginia has allowed a lawsuit filed by Smithfield to go forward.

The suit accuses the UFCW of a coordinated public smear campaign.  It uses the RICO statutes that were created to fight organized crime. The lawsuit is the latest step in a confrontation that has slowly been moving out of the plant itself and into the kitchens and living rooms of consumers.

Business & Economy
8:54 am
Fri November 17, 2006

Smithfield Workers Protest

Many workers at the Smithfield hog processing plant in Tar Heel North Carolina continue to speak-out about what they call "bad" work conditions. But yesterday instead of just speaking-out – hundreds of workers walked out.

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