Stories tagged: "Workers"

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Op-ed: How a federally-funded apprenticeship changed my life

I know what it’s like to feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel—and I also know what it’s like when a glimmer of hope appears.  My family and I moved to North Carolina from California in the early 2000s. I went to school in Asheboro, and in 2016, I moved to...

The North Carolina General Assembly
State Workers Get Small Raises in New Budget, but It Doesn’t Solve the Hiring Crisis

North Carolina state employees received a 4% pay increase this year and will get a 3% pay increase in 2024, under the new state budget passed last week. But the increase does not keep up with the cost of inflation and the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) had sought higher pay increases. As...

Canton Paper Mill Closing
There’s a Sense of Optimism Three Months After the Canton Paper Mill Closed

In May, one NC town lost the paper mill that fueled its economy. We found a surprising thing when we returned three months later. People are optimistic.

UPS teamsters and workers hold a rally in downtown Los Angeles, as a national strike deadline nears on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. A little more than a week after contract talks between United Parcel Service and the union representing 340,000 of its workers broke down, UPS said it will begin training nonunion employees in the U.S. to step in should there be a strike, which the union has vowed to do if no agreement is reached by the end of this month. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
340,000 UPS Workers Could Strike on Aug. 1—Here’s Why

Although several of the Teamsters’ demands have been met, the union is still pushing to raise wages for part-time workers at UPS, who earn a minimum of only $16.20 per hour. "These part-timers are working at poverty wages," Teamsters President Sean O'Brien said.

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Meet Your North Carolina Lawmakers: State Rep. Tim Longest of Wake County

Democrat Tim Longest was elected to represent West Raleigh in the state House in November. He supports Medicaid expansion, improving workers’ rights, and strengthening gun safety laws.

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of Calif., applaud. (Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
‘A Blue-Collar Blueprint to Rebuild America’: 7 Takeaways From Biden’s State of the Union

Biden’s blueprint includes several recently passed laws which are expected to create millions of good-paying jobs in construction, manufacturing, and other sectors. 

A North Carolina labor organizer talks about the value of Black, working-class voters in the 2022 election. (Shutterstock)
Republicans Don’t Want Black, Working-Class Voters To Turn Out

A worker from Charlotte on how crucial it is for working-class North Carolinians to vote this year.