Raleigh, NC: North Carolina’s Wisconsin Moment!
WHAT: Rally and Civil Disobedience
WHO: UE150, NAACP and HKOJ partners and other Unions
WHERE: General Assembly Building, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh
WHEN: Mon, May 13 at 5pm
BEWARE! The Governor, State Senate and House are coming after EVERYTHING!
On Monday, May 13, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on House Bill 677, to take away City workers union rights to pay roll deduction. The Republicans want to take away our recent major victory in the City of Charlotte where we just beat back a historic 50 year anti-union policy. We now have pay roll deduction so that we can build organization and train our members in Charlotte, the Wall Street of the South and largest city in the state.
On May 13 state and city rank-n-file employees of our union along with members and leaders from other unions and community supporters will be conducting a courageous act of civil disobedience to send a message loud and clear to the Governor, the state Senate and House that we will not sit by silent as they attack our rights, our communities and our futures.
The attacks on labor and the needs and rights of working-class, poor and oppressed communities are being challenged. Rev. Barber along with 52 other ministers, students and community activists have engaged in peaceful civil disobedience at the NC legislative building in Raleigh unfolding a broad movement against the attacks on democracy and human rights.
Labor is now stepping forward an identifiable force in this new and important people’s resistance movement. It is important that we be engaged and stop allowing the corporate line to describe labor as a “special interest group” trying to divide the needs and rights of labor from those of the broader working-class.
WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING AGAINST!
They have already voted to:
- Deny federal funds for Medicaid to 500,000 poor North Carolinians.
- Take unemployment benefits from 165,000 North Carolinians.
- Raise taxes on 900,000 of North Carolina’s poor and working poor by ending the Earned Income Tax Credit to pay for tax cuts to 23 millionaires.
- They took over a billion dollars last year from public education, made plans to implement a voucher plan to hand out public money to private schools, and reduce eligibility to preschool for poor children.
And they are now trying to:
- Give hundreds of millions in tax breaks to rich & corporations! House Bill 642 would reduce the state’s corporate income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 4.9 percent, dropping the rate from the highest to the lowest in the Southeast. GOP members also suggest raising the sales tax and eliminating the income tax, shifting the tax burden from the rich to workers.
- Anti-worker laws added to State Constitution : Collective bargaining rights for public workers and card check would be banned. The Right-to-work (for less) law would be enshrined in the state constitution. House Bill 53
- Deny City workers union rights to payroll deduction. House Bill 677
- Cut back State Personnel Protections to make it easier for state employees to be fired, and increases political hirings by Governor. House Bill 834
- Attack voting rights: Roll back Early Voting, ban Sunday Voting, end same-day registration; impose an unneeded poll tax disguised as a Voter ID bill that will cost the state millions; deny student IDs from private schools; make former felons wait 5 years to vote after paying their debt to society; deny parents a $2500 tax credit if their college student does not vote at home; and leave us with voting laws more restrictive than Alabama and South Carolina. HB 351, HB 451, SB666, SB 667, SB 668, SB 721
- Privatize Medicaid, portions of State Department of Transportation & Dept. of Commerce, education & more.
- Re-start the death penalty and repeal the Racial Justice Act that has exposed the racially discriminatory application of the death penalty. Senate Bill 306
- Attempt to close women’s health clinics and introduce lies about abortion into public school sex education curriculum.
- Lift the moratorium on fracking and allow the toxic, carcinogenic wastewater to be injected into coastal wells, with the possibility of it leaking into drinking wells.
- Cut the UNC budget by $139 million. This comes after the UNC system has already absorbed $400 million in cuts in last couple years.
UE local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union