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Will the DNC respect North Carolina’s right to work?

Posted on: November 30, 2011

Back in November I wrote an article about the DNC in bed with the unions my showing that they do not want to hire non-union companies in North Carolina to work for their convention next year. Recently the legislator in North Carolina approved a nonbinding resolution asking the Democratic National Convention to change its rules and “respect North Carolina’s right to work laws.”

The resolution asks the DNC to refrain from hiring workers and companies from outside North Carolina when qualified businesses or workers are available within the state.

So far there is only one contract which went to a union shop at the expense of a local, non-union outfit. It involved printing services, which is unlikely to be such a rare skill set that it couldn’t be accommodated by the local talent. It is still early in the process, with many more contracts yet to be awarded, so the legislature is probably wise to nip this in the bud.

It’s important to note that this isn’t an effort to legislate the hiring process. The measure is a non-binding resolution which simply calls upon the DNC to do the right thing by the state’s workers and to respect their local labor laws. But it brings the issue very much into the public eye, and since it involves Jobs, Jobs, Jobs it’s obviously an embarrassment that the DNC won’t want to have hanging over their heads – or those of their candidates – just as we get into the hottest part of the campaign cycle.

Let’s see if the DNC really does wise up and gives contracts to local businesses even though they are not union shops.

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