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Christmas tree deregulation bill attacks workers’ rights

As we reported in this space last week, the General Assembly is advancing a last-minute “regulatory reform” bill in the session’s waning days that is chock-full of dozens of special favors to industry lobbyists, including several new provisions to further restrict environmental protection.

Today, however, advocates discovered yet another hidden gem in the bill — a provision that will prevent forward-thinking local governments (like Asheville and Durham) from requiring contractors to treat workers decently.

Under the changes (see Section 5 (a) (b) and (c) on page 6 of the bill), counties and cities will be officially barred from enacting ordinances that require all city or county contractors to pay living wages or provide paid sick leave to their employees).

Got that? Even if citizens of a city or county and their elected officials want to do the right/decent thing to help workers, the conservative leaders of the state are having none of it.

Next up: a plan to peg the wages of all government employees and contractors to the starvation wage scale employed by state Budget Director Pope’s Roses and Maxway stores.

6 Comments


  1. ML

    July 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Just look at Detroit. The 3.5 billion in pensions, paid for by their own tax dollars, is being held out as the cause when at the same time the city shells out 6.6 billion in corporate subsidies. So if not for those greedy public servants putting in all that labor and investing tax dollars for their future the city would be thriving. Lets not focus on the fact that 6.6 billion a year that has not led to jobs or put the city on a path to prosperity it has to be the lazy unionized punlic service industrial complex strangling the cities finances.

    Luckily here in NC we have our priorities straight.

  2. Doug

    July 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Yeah ML…nice straw man it surely is always corporations that cause democrat institutions to be poorly mismanaged……you guys need to come up with some more varied straw men so you do not sound like a broken record.

  3. ML

    July 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I was simply breaking down the republican straw man. If I’m wrong tell me but part of the mismanagement has to do with the fiscal policy adopted by the city and underfunding pensions to accommodate business is as much if not a greater cause as it is a case of mismanagement for the sake of business promising to create jobs. By failing to come through in the promise of prosperity the working class is not only being hung out to dry but unfairly saddled with all the blame. It’s not right.

  4. Jack

    July 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    So you think we’re redundant, that we repeat ourselves, that we say things over and over. Maybe! Maybe so!!

  5. none

    July 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

    How is removing a law an attack? That makes no sense. I guess when you spin propaganda like this website does you can make me be my own grandpa.

  6. Ricky

    July 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Um, removing a law is an attack when the law/ordinance protects people. Just like removing the first amendment from the U.S. Constitution would be an attack on people’s civil rights… your statement makes no sense.

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