Stories tagged: "labor rights"


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. 

NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 18: A new Federal Holiday ''Juneteenth'' is celebrated in the heart of Harlem, New York City, United States on June 18, 2021. President Biden signed legislation making June 19, or Juneteenth, a new national holiday. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Our Juneteenth: When Emancipation Came to One of North Carolina’s Largest Plantations

After the Civil War, news of Emancipation took months to wind its away across the South. Enslaved workers at Stagville, one of NC largest plantations, met the news with hope and resilience.

From L to R: Kyona Kelley, Porche Vann, Yeshera Douglas protest for higher wages outside a Little Caesar's in Fayetteville.
‘I Make Less Than a Two-Topping Pizza’: Inside NC’s Fight for a $15 Wage

As President Biden calls for a $15 federal minimum age, some in NC are struggling to make ends meet today.

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Weeks After Trump Compels Meat Processors to Remain Open, COVID-19 Breaks Out at NC Tyson Plant

A Wilkesboro chicken plant is the site of another coronavirus outbreak at a North Carolina meat plant, Vice News reported Thursday.

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‘CEOs Don’t Care About Our Lives’: These Essential Workers Are Walking Off Their Jobs Today

It's International Workers' Day, and these employees are fighting for their rights.