Worker's Rights

Labor Unions
9:18 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Informal Labor Activism Picks Up Union Slack in NC

Union membership is low in North Carolina, but the AFL-CIO says informal groups are protesting for workers' rights in the state.
Credit Matthew Lenard

A report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks North Carolina at the bottom nationally for labor union membership. 1.9 percent of workers in the state were in unions last year. That's down from 3 percent.

That doesn't surprise James Andrews, the president of the North Carolina AFL-CIO.

Andrews says North Carolina is a "right to work" state which doesn't give unions much clout, so they don't invest much organizing energy or money here.

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Education
1:52 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Custodians Working In Durham Public Schools To Get 'Back Pay'

Durham Public Schools custodial workers rally for 'back pay' outside district offices.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Dozens of Durham Public Schools custodial workers rallied outside school district offices Friday, hoping they’ll get their back wages soon. Workers carried signs reading, "DPS, Clean This Up!"

More than 140 custodians at big schools like Jordan and Hillside High Schools are still due two paychecks that were supposed to come before the holidays.

Durham Public Schools contracts out custodial services.  But when sub-contractor, Integrity Facilities Management filed for bankruptcy, workers were not paid.  

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Wed January 22, 2014

The Struggle For Workers Rights In The 1970s South

Workers Marching in Roanoke Rapids
Credit south.unc.edu

    

In the 1970s, the small town of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina was dominated by the J.P. Stevens textile mills, which controlled many aspects of its workers' lives. 

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