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Sen. Nickel & Rep. Hawkins Join Fight to Restore the Freedom of Public Employees to Collectively Negotiate for a Better Life

By April 23, 2019 No Comments

Restoring NC Public Employees’ Freedom to Collectively Negotiate

MEDIA ADVISORY for April 24, 2019
Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, 336-255-2711 / jeremy@aflcionc.org

Lawmakers, workers, and labor and community leaders will announce legislation to value public service by repealing North Carolina’s Jim Crow-era ban on collective bargaining agreements


[RALEIGH] – Rep. Zack Hawkins and Sen. Wiley Nickel will hold a press conference with local elected officials, workers, and labor leaders on the value of public services and the women and men who deliver them to our community, and call on our elected leaders to support them by repealing G.S. 95-98, North Carolina’s Jim Crow-era ban on collectively negotiated contracts for public employees. From brave first responders to dedicated public school teachers to life-saving nurses, our community is strong because of those who answer the call to public service. Repealing G.S. 95-98 will restore their freedom to negotiate collectively for enforceable agreements that govern the terms and conditions of their employment, a freedom already enjoyed by most private sector workers in the state.


What: Press conference to announce legislation to restore the collective negotiating freedom of state and local public employees in North Carolina

Who: Rep. Zack Hawkins, Sen. Wiley Nickel, Mayor Don Hardy of Kinston, Council Member Vernetta Alston of Durham, President Mark Jewell of NCAE, Former Raleigh Police Department Sergeant and Vice President Rick Armstrong of Teamsters Local 391, President MaryBe McMillan of NC State AFL-CIO, and members of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO)

When: Wednesday, April 24th at 10:00am

Where: NC Legislative Building Press Room, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh
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The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of unions of working people in North Carolina, representing over a hundred thousand members, working together for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people. PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.