The link between SEANC and labor unions, more specifically the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been quite known for a while now. (For more, see my piece on labor involvement here.)
Now, word comes from The Insider that SEANC has amended their bylaws to officially affiliate with labor unions.
SEANC MOVES: The State Employees Association of North Carolina agreed at its annual convention last weekend to allow affiliation with existing unions, a move that had been forbidden by organization bylaws in the past. SEANC president Linda Rouse Sutton said the move will strengthen the organization, allowing it to better protect workers’ benefits. The move comes amid growing political involvement by unions in North Carolina and as SEANC has increasingly pushed legislators to drop the state’s ban on collective bargaining by public employees.
The decision could also pave the way for SEANC to be folded into unions should collective bargaining rights ever be allowed. SEANC delegates, though, would have to approve any initial affiliation agreements.
Collective bargaining is coming, people. Start fighting it now or it’s going to be too late.