The State of Things
12:26 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Asheville’s Just Economics Impact on Workers

Just Economics is trying to get a living wage for working class in Western North Carolina.

The Asheville nonprofit Just Economics has been pushing for local businesses to pay a living wage. 

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Battle For Labor Unions In North Carolina

Keith Ludlum is the president of UFCW local 1208 and led the charge for unions in North Carolina slaughterhouses.

In 2008, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union and Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel, NC reached an agreement to end a 16-year fight for better worker conditions. 

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Clergy Says ‘Labor Union’ Aren’t Bad Words

Amy Laura Hall has organized the Labor Sabbath movement in North Carolina.

Some North Carolinians cringe at the phrase ‘labor union.’ 

In the right to work state, some opponents say unions cause harm to private businesses and do not benefit workers. This weekend in churches, synagogues and other holy places some clergy will talk about unions as part of a Labor Sabbath movement.  

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The State of Things
11:13 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Do Taxi Drivers Experience Time Differently Than Business Travelers? Or Yoga Instructors?

In the Meantime Temporality and Cultural Politics
Credit / Duke University Press

Scholar Sarah Sharma explains the concept behind her new book, In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics


The idea that the world is getting faster is fairly common claim but what does that really mean?  How does our perception of time affect our bodies and our communities? Sarah Sharma, professor of media and cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, examines how labor changes the way people experience time. 

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The Rebirth Of The North Carolina Textile Industry

An employee performs quality control on clothing made at the Mortex textile mill in Wendell, North Carolina
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For decades, the textile industry was an essential part of North Carolina’ economy. But the industry took a huge hit in the early 2000s due to outsourcing and high rates of automation.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

June Atkinson On The Fight To Save NC Schools

Teachers demonstrate Monday morning outside Riverside High School in Durham
Credit Dave DeWitt


This week, North Carolina teachers protested funding shortages in the education system by staging walk-ins across the state.

Many were upset by budget cuts that affect instruction for the state’s more than 1.5 million students. Host Frank Stasio talks to North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson about the plight facing the state’s K-12 education system.

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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
2:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Study Reveals Poor Conditions For Female Migrant Domestic Workers

Female migrant domestic workers often face less than ideal conditions at their new homes.
Credit Evil Erin

It's not uncommon for women from developing countries to migrate to richer nations looking for jobs and better living conditions. They often find jobs as domestic workers, but all too often, these women experience abuse, illness, mental health problems and limited access to medical care once they arrive at their new homes.

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5:13 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Workers Who Died On The Job Remembered

Friends gathered in Raleigh to remember workers killed on the job
Credit Gurnal Scott

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a memorial observance by friends of North Carolina workers who died on the job.

Friends of workers who died on the job honored their memory in Raleigh.   An observance of what they're calling Workers' Memorial Day included people reciting the names of employees killed on the job in North Carolina. 

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Business & Economy
7:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

SAS Tops "World's Best" List

Cary-based SAS has topped the grand-daddy of Best Places to Work lists.  SAS is number one on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list.  To make the top 25 list – a company has to have more than five-thousand employees, with at least 40-percent of them working outside the company’s home country.  Lisa Pappas is a Customer Experience Tester at SAS.

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