Stories tagged: "labor protections"


State leaders and labor advocates gathered in Raleigh in April to remember the 189 documented deaths that happened on the job in NC in 2020. That's the last year in which the full total is known. (Photo: NC State AFL-CIO)
189 NC Workers Died on the Job in 2020. Here’s How Labor Leaders Honored Them.

NC’s Labor Department and union leaders pledged to work together to improve worker safety and hold negligent companies responsible. 

People march during a protest in support of Amazon and Starbucks workers in New York City on November 26, 2021. (Yuki Iwamura/AFP via Getty Images)
NC Starbucks Workers Join Push for Unions Across the South

Starbucks employees in Charlotte rallied for a union this week, joining a growing movement for labor rights across the South and beyond.

Wiggins' father, a lumberjack, died on the job when she was a child, and she later lost several children to whooping cough because the mill would not allow her time off to take care of them. She began organizing among her neighbors, Black and white, for more pay and better working conditions, arguing their case to lawmakers and anyone who would listen until she was ultimately assassinated.
Ella May Wiggins Gave Her Life for NC Worker Rights

Ella May Wiggins, a North Carolina textile worker, battled for all workers’ rights, establishing an early interracial labor union in the 1920s. 

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Refusing to Return to the Classroom? Here’s What Every Teacher Needs to Know.

Coronavirus or not, some NC districts want students and teachers back. NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly explains teachers' rights.

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That Order Keeping NC Meat Plants Open Could Get Workers Killed, Advocates Say

Meat plants are considered ‘critical infrastructure,’ but COVID-19's spread in North Carolina facilities raises labor concerns.

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Workers in North Carolina Are Standing Up and Demanding Protections During the Crisis

“Frontline workers like us are getting hit the hardest right now,” said one McDonald’s cook in Raleigh. “McDonald’s is calling itself an ‘essential business’ but isn’t providing us with the essential protections we need to be safe at work.”