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Teamsters Steppin' Up at Raleigh Walmart (video)

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NC's Burr signs on to nut job law prohibiting any worker protections

Demonstrating that extremist nut-job ideas aren't isolated to the Pope-Koch North Carolina legislature, North Carolina's Senator Richard Burr has joined with many members of his Republican caucus and signed on as a sponsor of something called the “Enumerated Powers Act of 2013".

What the heck?

Well, it's another one of those attempts by the Tea Bagging extremist Republicans to "return" the US to it's Constitutional roots. ThinkProgress has the scoop.

State AFL-CIO President to NCGA: "I will not be obedient in the face of injustice"

NC State AFL-CIO President James Andrews will join the almost 500 who have gone before him and risk arrest by petitioning the NC General Assembly in nonviolent civil disobedience at Moral Monday 8. About why he has chosen civil disobedience, James had this to say:

"Today I stand in opposition to the immoral acts taken against the people of North Carolina by those who claim to govern in their name. "Well, not in my name do this General Assembly and Governor act. Not with my consent do they undermine North Carolina and her hard-working families.

"I am not intimidated by bullies. And I will not be obedient in the face of injustice."

Terrible, Corporate-Backed Unemployment Insurance Cuts Move Forward In North Carolina

Tell NC lawmakers to drop their draconian, hurtful, immoral unemployment insurance proposal.

Republican legislators in North Carolina are pushing an extreme package of cuts to unemployment insurance.

The Senate committee in charge of the issue, the Revenue Laws Study Committee, voted to move the proposal forward on Tuesday. It will come to the General Assembly for a vote when they reconvene on January 30.

The proposal cuts the weekly maximum benefit by 35 percent, (even though the statewide average benefit is much less). It also reduces the number of benefit to a sliding scale between 12 and 20 weeks, even though the average length of unemployment is at an all-time high of 40 weeks.

As New Year Begins, North Carolina Republicans Considering Drastic Cuts to Unemployment Insurance

Take action now – tell the North Carolina legislators to keep unemployment benefits strong

Thankfully, earlier this week Congress fulfilled its (minimum) obligation to the long-term unemployed by passing an extension of federal unemployment benefits as part of the “fiscal cliff” deal.

US Airways merger with American Airlines could be devastating for Charlotte

Pro-CLT is a new coalition formed to raise awareness of potential pitfalls for the Charlotte economy should US Airways merge with American Airlines. Airport businesses are airing their concerns.

Early listen to today's Pots & Spoons protest:

Here's a quick video to give you guys a look at what you missed today if you did not show at the NCGA for the AFL-CIO sponsored Pots & Spoons Rally. Turn your speakers up to 11 for the full effect. Americans For Prosperity tried to respond by handing out ear plugs, which only perfectly symbolized the failure of their elected leaders to listen to anyone but their own base and helped publicize our cause, so that kind of backfired on them.... I suspect a better video will be forthcoming soon from Jeremy at AFL-CIO NC.

NC: Join the Pots and Spoons Protest #May16NC

About the cacerolazo

A form of popular protest that originated in Latin America which consists of a group of people creating noise by banging pots, pans, and other utensils to call for attention. In cacerolazos from Chile and Argentina to Iceland, Ireland, Greece, and even Syria, people have come together to challenge power and affect change.

It is time to bring the spirit of the cacerolazo to North Carolina, where our out-of-control state legislature has busied itself since the 2010 election with catering to corporate interests and right-wing ideologues, gutting funding for public education, endangering women’s health care, putting the rights of unmarried couples up for popular vote, and attempting to lock some groups of voters out of the political process.

Let's welcome them back to an unforgettable protest!

When lawmakers return to town on Wednesday, May 16, North Carolinians outraged and disappointed at actions taken by our General Assembly to enrich the few at the expense of the rest will converge on Bicentennial Mall at 10 A.M. for a cacerolazo – a Pots & Spoons Protest – the first-of-its-kind protest of our out-of-control state legislature.

Rayne Brown - How's that working out for you SEANC?

In 2010 SEANC (State Employees Association of North Carolina) pumped quite a bit of money into the NC-81 House race to help defeat Hugh Holliman to the benefit of Rayne Brown. Well, the 2011 NC Free Enterprise Foundation rankings are out (2011 Rankings) and Brown scored a 89.3 compared to Holliman's 2009 ranking of 57.8.

The American Conservative Union, an anti-union, anti-worker organization has ranked Brown as a "Defender of Liberty" (American Conservative Union) and Civitas gave her a 90% Conservative Effectiveness Score.

Bet she is not casting too many votes to help out labor so I will ask again: How's that working out for you SEANC?

NC Democrats: A Transformative Opportunity

I apologize for the length, but this was a note that I first posted on facebook last weekend. It may rile some feathers, but sometimes a good spring cleaning is needed:

Since last January, I have been watching and listening very closely to many of the elected officials, activists and hanger-ons after the Republicans gained complete control of the General Assembly; a feat unseen in over 120 years. With this historic win come the fruits of victory, and in this case it meant the ability to redraw the state's legislative and congressional maps.

After a three judge panel refused to delay the 2012 primary date (and in essence the filing period), we have seen scores of veteran democrats dropiing like flies. This is in NO WAY an attack on them-I thank them for their willingness to step up and serve! However, this has given me pause to think about the bigger picture, and despite of the incoming fire that will surely follow, my thoughts:

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