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    Public-Sector Unionization Could Cost NC $1.3 Billion

    Unionization efforts are becoming more prevalent in North Carolina. Last month, nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville voted to unionize after a pro-union campaign push from the National Nurses Organizing Committee, the nation’s largest registered nurses’ union. Now pressure is intensifying to end public-sector collective bargaining protections in the state. JLF’s…
    Brenee Goforth, October 14, 2020
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    Nurses Union Battle is Bigger than Mission Hospital

    North Carolina is in the middle of a union battle at Mission Hospital in Asheville. On September 4, 2020, The Daily News reported on the union ballot initiative’s potential implications across the state. Brian Gordon reported for the Jacksonville newspaper: “You definitely know that it’s bigger than just the hospital,”…
    Brenee Goforth, September 8, 2020
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    The Ramifications of Rejecting Right-to-Work

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders wrote a research brief on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The legislation has passed the United States House and would mark a serious turn in the association rights of workers – particularly in right-to-work states such as North Carolina. The bill is…
    Brenee Goforth, March 3, 2020
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    WTVD dunks on the N.C. Association of Educators

    This teacher pay story is solid gold.  From WTVD reporter Julie Wilson: Back to May of 2019, that massive rally left no room on the stage for Republicans to speak, despite a request from the State Treasurer made in advance with hopes of explaining benefits. “Many folks asked us to…
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2020
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    NEA doles out thousands of dollars to NC groups

    Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency reports that the National Education Association (NEA) gave $15 million in grants to 94 advocacy groups during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  I did a cursory review of the list and found two North Carolina-based groups that received NEA funds. Center for…
    Terry Stoops, January 21, 2013
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    N&O: NCAE not a union, even though we call it a union

    Before: “GOP overrides veto of teachers union bill” (News & Observer article*, Thursday, January 5, 2012) “Just after 1 a.m. today, in a secreted session critics called unconstitutional, Republican legislative leaders passed a bill aimed at weakening the state’s largest teachers union.” After: “The NCAE is not, by the way,…
    Terry Stoops, January 6, 2012
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    PDK: Republicans are winning the education debate

    In the September issue of the Phi Delta Kappan, Joan Richardson argues that the recent PDK poll indicates that Republicans are winning the education debate. When the editor looks at the PDK/Gallup Poll numbers, she sees an American public that largely has been won over by reform ideas first…
    Terry Stoops, September 16, 2011