According to this article (subscription required) in the March 21st Triangle Business Journal, the State Employees Association of North Carolina’s executive committee has voted 47-10 to enter into negotiations with the Service Employees International Association (SEIU) on an affiliation agreement — taking one more giant step closer to finally admitting that they are a labor union.
The move would represent a major shift for North Carolina, the
nation’s least unionized state. In 2007, only 3 percent of the state’s
work force was unionized, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistic. Adding SEANC’s 55,000 members would increase the state’s
union population, now at 115,000, by nearly 50 percent.
SEANC wants SEIU’s sophisticated political operation to have a say
in national legislation and help knock down North Carolina’s
prohibition against collective bargaining for public employees, Cope
SEIU, Cope says, is interested in teaming with SEANC because the union
wants to learn how to organize workers in the South. SEANC has
successfully put together the largest independent organization of
public employees in the nation, Cope says, while unions have struggled
to recruit workers in the state.
Add this news to the earlier reported $360,000 that the NEA is spending in the governor’s primary (and millions more to come from them and fellow unions) and North Carolina is quickly becoming the frontlines in labor’s march to destroy the economies of the south much like they have in the Midwest and Northeast.
All those people and businesses who have moved to NC over the past few years to escape the overly high taxation and government regulation are seeing those same people following them down here. Maybe this time we’ll have sense enough to tell the unions we don’t want you to do to North Carolina what you’ve done to Michigan.