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  • SIGN THE PETITION

    Tell state lawmakers: Ensure that North Carolinians who are doing their best to get by have access to food assistance and job training programs. Sign the petition below.

    SNAP, or food assistance known as FNS, provides the nutritional fuel that people need to build a productive future. Yet North Carolina is reinstating a harsh federal law requiring a time limit on food assistance for nondisabled childless adults threatens that future. As a result, North Carolina may deny up to 100,000 people the help they need to put food on the table over the course of 2016.

    State lawmakers can reverse their decision to permanently ban the state from accessing a waiver from this time limit—and they can invest in job training programs for these vulnerable adults--but convincing them to do so will take pressure from North Carolinians like you, starting right now.

  • Take Action! Tell Governor McCrory and lawmakers to end legal discrimination in NC and repeal HB2

    We can all agree that North Carolina should never tolerate legal discrimination against anyone. Unfortunately, Governor McCrory recently signed HB2, legislation passed by the General Assembly that returns North Carolina to an era where businesses can discriminate against customers and employers can discriminate against workers. 

    Under the North Carolina Constitution, the legislature has the authority to determine what local governments can and cannot do. For decades, however, the General Assembly has provided our municipal and county governments freedom to regulate private businesses in a limited way, including prohibiting discrimination and boosting the wages of the employees of public contractors. The City of Charlotte recently used this authority to pass an important ordinance preventing public and private discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Yet HB2, which was introduced, passed, and signed into law in just 12 hours, permits just this kind of discrimination. Specifically, the bill would:

    • Ban local governments from prohibiting businesses from engaging in any type of discrimination. The draft would effectively overturn Charlotte’s new ordinance, permit private businesses to discriminate against gays, lesbians, and transgendered residents, and prevent local communities from regulating other types of discrimination by private businesses.
    • Enact sweeping new restrictions on the ability of governments to protect workers and raise wages. Public contracts with private businesses have been an important tool used by local governments to raise wages and ensure basic job standards in their community. In an unprecedented overreach, the bill prohibits local governments from considering wages, benefits, and basic job safety standards when awarding public contracts—in effect telling local governments what they can and can’t do with their own money.
    • Eliminate state law remedies for employees who are fired based on their race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap. Specifically, section 3.2 of the bill ended an employee’s private right to sue an employer who fires him or her for any one of these discriminatory reasons. As a result, this leaves employees who are fired simply because they are black or a female or Christian without any effective protections under state law. North Carolina now joins Mississippi as the only state without any state law protecting private sector employees from workplace discrimination

    This legislation is bad news for North Carolina’s economy. It empowers businesses to discriminate and weakens the ability of local governments to raise wages—policies that will do nothing to create jobs or grow an economy that works for everyone.

    Take Action! Tell the General Assembly to stop discrimination and repeal HB2!

  • Take Action! Tell the General Assembly to stop taking away our communities’ freedoms!

    We can all agree that North Carolina’s local governments need more freedom to protect their residents against discrimination, defend workers, and build an economy that benefits everyone in their community.

    Unfortunately, the General Assembly has called a special session this week for the sole purpose of taking these freedoms away from our local communities.

    Under the North Carolina Constitution, the legislature has the authority to determine what local governments can and cannot do. For decades, however, the General Assembly has provided our municipal and county governments freedom to regulate private businesses in a limited way, including prohibiting discrimination and boosting the wages of the employees of public contractors. The City of Charlotte recently used this authority to pass an important ordinance preventing public and private discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Yet draft legislation unveiled this morning without any public input takes these freedoms away from our local communities. If it becomes law, the bill would:

    • Ban local governments from prohibiting businesses from engaging in any type of discrimination. The draft would effectively overturn Charlotte’s new ordinance, permit private businesses to discriminate against gay, lesbian, and transgendered residents, and prevent local communities from regulating other types of discrimination by private businesses.
    • Enact sweeping new restrictions on the ability of governments to protect workers and raise wages. Public contracts with private businesses have been an important tool used by local governments to raise wages and ensure basic job standards in their community. In an unprecedented overreach, the bill prohibits local governments from considering wages, benefits, and basic job safety standards when awarding public contracts—in effect telling local governments what they can and can’t do with their own money.
    • Eliminate state law remedies for employees who are fired based on their race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap. If it becomes law, North Carolina will join Mississippi as the only state without any state law protecting private sector employees from workplace discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age or disability. The bill eliminates an employee’s private right of action to sue an employer who fires him or her for a discriminatory reason. 

    This legislation is bad news for North Carolina’s economy. It empowers businesses to discriminate and weakens the ability of local governments to raise wages—policies that will do nothing to create jobs or grow an economy that works for everyone.

    Take Action! Tell the General Assembly to stop taking away our communities’ freedoms!

  • Take Action: Tell candidates to lead on paid leave!
    The national momentum for paid family leave and paid sick days is growing.

    States and local governments across the country are adopting policies that allow working people to take care of themselves and their families in the event of illness, welcome a new baby to the family, or recover from surgery without going broke. 

    Business leaders are also speaking up in support of policies that require employers to provide paid sick and medical leave, and research is clear that paid leave is a smart move for businesses.

    Bills on paid family leave and paid sick days are under consideration in Congress and in the legislatures of several states—including North Carolina's. But if we want paid leave to be a reality, we need to make sure our elected officials know how important this issue is to us as constituents.

    Take Action: Ask candidates for their plans on paid leave!

    The U.S. is one of the only nations in the world without some kind of paid leave policy. We can do better. Election season is upon us, and candidates are taking public positions on a range of issues impacting families. Now that the North Carolina primary is over, it’s time to ask candidates how they plan to address the need for paid leave.
  • TAKE ACTION! Tell Mayor McFarlane and the Raleigh City Council to support bike share in Raleigh

    Next week, the Raleigh City Council will discuss the possibility of introducing a bike share program to the City of Oaks. The City (via CAMPO) has secured a federal grant for 80% of all capital costs if approved by April 2016. Now is the time for city leadership to support a program that would not only promote healthy living but also support residents from all walks of life.

    Bike share is a unique form of active transportation that mitigates urban congestion, improves quality of life, and reduces carbon emissions. The program would offer an additional transportation option benefit for low-income residents—of particular importance as transit authorities make plans to expand our transit systemas well as improve air quality for city dwellers and enable users to avoid fuel costs and usage.

    A bike share program in Raleigh will connect neighborhoods, colleges, businesses, shops and tourist destinations, and serve as an integral part of a robust transportation system, which will help improve public health and increase mobility options across the City.

    TAKE ACTION! Tell Mayor McFarlane and the Raleigh City Council to support bike share in Raleigh.

  • SIGN THE PETITION! Tell NCGA that cuts to unemployment insurance have hurt NC families and communities

    After the changes enacted in 2013, North Carolina’s unemployment insurance is providing too little for too short a period to too few of North Carolina’s jobless workers.

    • TOO LITTLE: North Carolina ranks 46th in the nation in its average weekly benefit amount of $233 which monthly would leave a North Carolina family with one adult, one child more than $1,800 short in meeting their basic needs.
    • TOO SHORT: North Carolina ranks last for its average duration of unemployment insurance of just 11 weeks. It is the only state to allow a maximum of just 13 weeks for all jobless workers.
    • TOO FEW: North Carolina ranks last for the number of jobless workers who receive unemployment insurance. Just 11 percent of jobless North Carolinians receive unemployment insurance.

    Tell the North Carolina General Assembly that they must rebalance the unemployment insurance system so that it supports families and communities with too few jobs to ensure that all can work.

    SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell lawmakers that a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit is the best tool to address the tax shift in North Carolina

    Today—just as North Carolinians began paying sales taxes on more services—leaders at the General Assembly held a press conference to praise all of the tax changes they have enacted since 2013. But we know that large income tax cuts over the last couple of years have primarily benefited those who are already well-off and profitable corporations. Combined with the expanded sales tax, this is making North Carolina’s upside-down tax system worse, not better.

    And despite leaderships’ claims that the series of tax changes are pushing more families up the economic ladder, the truth is that more families are struggling to make ends meet while working low-wage jobs. The tax changes have not created an economy that works for everyone.

    If policymakers truly want to address inequities in our state’s tax code, a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) would deliver the greatest impact and reach. Instead, lawmakers are considering a proposal to raise the state standard deduction by $2,000. This tax change would reduce the income tax owed by all taxpayers (including millionaires) and does nothing to address the greater share of income that low- and middle-income families pay in sales taxes compared to the wealthy—a worthy goal because state legislators have increased our reliance on the sales tax.

    Help us send a message to state legislators: if they care about the greater tax load that low- and middle-income taxpayers carry, they should put in place a state EITC.

    The refundable state EITC is a more effective tool for promoting equity in North Carolina’s upside-down tax system because it targets working families that earn low-wages and struggle to meet basic needs. Prior to being eliminated in 2014, North Carolina’s EITC reached nearly one million working low-income families and their children. A state EITC has the added benefit of being linked to the federal EITC, one of the nation’s most powerful anti-poverty tools. It has delivered improved outcomes over decades on labor force participation, earnings for workers, and educational attainment, health, and lifetime earnings for children.

    Here are some key points to lift up when you reach out to your legislators to share your perspective on this important policy for North Carolina’s working families, communities and the economy.

    • A refundable state EITC reduces the impact of regressive sales tax on low-income families. In recent years, state lawmakers expanded the sales tax to more goods and services to partially pay for costly income tax cuts. The regressive sales tax hits low-income North Carolinians particularly hard, as they pay a significant share of their income in sales tax and other local taxes. The EITC helps offset the higher tax responsibility they have overall relative to wealthier taxpayers.
    • Reinstating a refundable state EITC at its prior value would cost half the price tag of the proposed increased standard deduction. Increasing the standard deduction as proposed would reduce state revenue by $205 million for tax year 2017 – the actual cost may actually be higher as a result of tax changes passed since 2013. As such, state lawmakers could reinstate a refundable EITC at 5 percent of the federal credit and reach nearly one million working, low-income North Carolinians at half the cost of this proposal.
    • The EITC is widely recognized as one of the most effective anti-poverty tools nationwide, especially for children. There is increased recognition at the national level that the EITC is the best tool to ensure workers keep more of what they earn and in so doing move families out of poverty

    Raising the standard deduction will not halt the tax shift that has taken place in North Carolina and will not help as state policymakers continue to expand the sales tax to more goods and services while cutting income tax rates. Contact your legislators TODAY to let them know that a refundable state EITC is a better way to address our state’s upside-down tax system and would reach low-income workers in each of the state’s 100 counties.

    TAKE ACTION! Tell your policymakers that the tax shift is real and a refundable EITC for North Carolina’s working families is the better choice.

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell lawmakers that a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit is the best tool to address the upside-down tax code in North Carolina

    This week members of the General Assembly’s Revenue Laws Committee were briefed on a proposal to raise the state standard deduction by $2,000. This tax change would reduce the income tax owed by all taxpayers and will not target low- and middle-income taxpayers or address the greater share of their income paid in sales taxes as state policymakers have increased reliance on the sales tax. If policymakers truly want to address inequities in our state’s tax code, a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) would have a greater impact and reach. 

    Help us send a message to the Revenue Laws Committee: if they care about the greater tax load that low- and middle-income taxpayers carry, they should put in place a state EITC.

    The refundable state EITC is a more effective tool for promoting equity in North Carolina’s upside-down tax system because it targets working families that earn low-wages and struggle to meet basic needs.
    Prior to being eliminated in 2014, North Carolina’s EITC reached nearly one million working low-income families and their children. A state EITC has the added benefit of being linked to the federal EITC, one of the nation’s most powerful anti-poverty tools. It has delivered improved outcomes over decades on labor force participation, earnings for workers, and educational attainment, health, and lifetime earnings for children.

    Here are some key points to lift up when you reach out to members of the Revenue Laws Committee to share your perspective on this important policy for North Carolina’s working families, communities and the economy.

    • A refundable state EITC reduces the impact of regressive sales tax on low-income families. In recent years, state lawmakers expanded the sales tax to more goods and services to partially pay for costly income tax cuts. The regressive sales tax hits low-income North Carolinians particularly hard, as they pay a significant share of their income in sales tax and other local taxes. The EITC helps offset the higher tax responsibility they have overall relative to wealthier taxpayers.
    • Reinstating a refundable state EITC at its prior value would cost half the price tag of the proposed increased standard deduction. Increasing the standard deduction as proposed would reduce state revenue by $205 million for tax year 2017 – the actual cost may actually be higher as a result of tax changes passed since 2013. As such, state lawmakers could reinstate a refundable EITC at 5 percent of the federal credit and reach nearly one million working, low-income North Carolinians at half the cost of this proposal.
    • The EITC is widely recognized as one of the most effective anti-poverty tools nationwide, especially for children. There is increased recognition at the national level that the EITC is the best tool to ensure workers keep more of what they earn and in so doing move families out of poverty.

    Tax changes passed since 2013 that include large income tax cuts that largely benefit the already well-off and profitable corporations have made North Carolina’s upside-down tax system worse. Raising the standard deduction will not halt the tax shift that has taken place in North Carolina. We urge you to contact members of the Revenue Laws Committee TODAY to let them know that a refundable state EITC is a better way to address our state’s upside-down tax system and would reach low-income workers in each of the state’s 100 counties.

    Tell your policymakers that a refundable EITC for North Carolina’s working families is the better choice.

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell Senator Burr to support paid family leave!

    The Family Medical Leave Act turns 23 tomorrow, but too many North Carolinians still can’t get time off when they need it most—when they are faced with chronic illness, when they need to care for a newborn, or when they need to take an ailing grandparent to the doctor.

    Twenty-three years on, nine out of 10 working North Carolinians still lack access to paid family leave through their employers. Those same workers sacrifice wages so they can recover from serious illness or pregnancy, or care for a sick child or parent. And for a low-income family with no paid family leave, going just 3.5 days without wages is equivalent to losing a month’s groceries.

    The U.S. is one of the only nations left in the entire world that doesn’t have some type of paid medical leave policy.
    In this day and age, this is completely unacceptable.

    Fortunately, Congress is currently debating two pieces of legislation that can correct this critical gap in our nation’s employment laws. The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (H.R. 1439/S. 786) would provide workers with family medical leave insurance. In exchange for a small premium of less than $5 a week, workers would receive a significant portion of their incomes for up to 12 weeks while they take time off to welcome a newborn or adopted child, recover from pregnancy, or provide care for family members suffering from serious health conditions.

    This bill represents a major step towards ensuring that all workers don’t have to choose between paying bills and recovering from illness, taking care of a newborn or helping an aging parent.

    Last year, Senator Burr voted in support of a non-binding amendment to provide paid sick days for America’s working people, but he has yet to announce his support for the FAMILY Act. Now is the time for Senator Burr to join his colleagues in cosponsoring these important bills.

    Take Action! Ask Senator Burr to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act.

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell Congress to make permanent improvements to working family tax credits

    This holiday season, Congress should make permanent improvements to working family tax credits that help more than 500,000 North Carolina families make ends meet and more than 1 million children meet developmental milestones. 

    In the coming days, Congress is likely to consider a tax extenders package that makes decisions about various aspects of the tax code that needs updating. Now is the time to ensure that improvements to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are made permanent. Failure to do so by our federal delegation would push hundreds of thousands of families and children deeper into poverty.

    Key provisions of the working family tax credits are at risk if Congress doesn’t act, inlcuding these, as idenitfied by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

    1. Not one penny of the earnings of a full-time, minimum wage worker would count toward the CTC, because the credit’s earnings exclusion (the amount of earnings ignored in determining a family’s eligibility for the CTC) would nearly quintuple from $3,000 to $14,600.
    2. Many married couples would face higher marriage penalties, due to a cut in their EITC.
    3. Larger families would face a cut in their EITC.

    Call on your United States Senator and Representative to make permanent improvements to the working family tax credits!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell Your Senators & Representatives to Welcome Syrian Refugees

    The United States was founded by immigrants and refugees. For centuries, our values have told us that taking in refugees in crisis is not only the right thing to do, it makes America stronger in the long run.

    How we treat immigrants and refugees coming to North Carolina is a moral litmus test of the highest order. Sadly, Gov. Pat McCrory's recent statements on the issue fall far short of meeting this standard.

    Any refugees accepted into the United States or North Carolina will face significant security checks prior to entry. Governors who reject those fleeing war and persecution abandon our ideals and instead project our fears to the world.

    This should not be a partisan issue, and concern for refugees crosses ideological lines. This is about our values as Americans, and as North Carolinians.

    Please stand with immigrant and refugee communities for a welcoming and compassionate North Carolina.

    Take Action! Ask your Senator and Representative to welcome Syrian refugees and reject efforts to stigmatize them. 

  • TAKE ACTION! Ask your Congressman to support paid leave bills

    Too many North Carolinians can’t get time off when they need it most—when they get sick, or when they need to care for a newborn, or to stay home with a sick grandparent.

    Thanks to our nation’s outdated employment laws, more than a million workers in North Carolina have no opportunity to earn paid sick leave. Less than 12 percent of workers have access to paid family leave through their employers. This means that when illness inevitably strikes, workers must take unpaid time off—sacrificing their wages so they can get well or care of sick loved ones. And for a low-income family with no paid sick days or paid family leave, going just 3.5 days without wages is the equivalent to losing a month’s groceries.

    This is wrong and needs to be fixed.
    Fortunately, Congress is currently debating two pieces of legislation that can correct this glaring oversight in our nation’s employment laws.

    • The Healthy Families Act (HR 932) would allow workers to earn an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, for up to 7 days paid time off to recover from illness. The bill would also allow workers to use these sick days to seek assistance for sexual assault. 
    • The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (H.R. 1439) would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of partial income when they take time for their own serious health condition, including pregnancy and childbirth recovery; the serious health condition of a child, parent, spouse or domestic partner; and the birth or adoption of a child.

    These important bills take big a step forward in ensuring that all workers don’t have to choose between earning a paycheck and recovering from illness or taking care of a newborn or family member.

    Take Action! Ask your Congressman to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act and the Healthy Families Act.

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Cherie Berry to crack down on wage theft!

    Take Action! Tell Cherie Berry “Don’t let companies steal from their employees!”

    Wage theft is a serious problem in North Carolina. Each year thousands of working North Carolinians are denied money they earned, but our state Department of Labor does very little to help. According to a new investigative report in the News & Observer, NCDOL allowed employers to get away with stealing more than $1M in wages from workers in 2014 alone.

    The worst part of the wage theft situation is that the vast majority of wage theft occurs in industries that already pay low wages, which means that any stolen earnings can financially devastate working families already living on the edge. This is not only immoral; it’s illegal, and the NC Department of Labor has the authority to do something about it.

    Send a letter asking NC Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry to uphold the law and make companies pay their workers!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell Gov. McCrory to veto extreme anti-immigrant bill

    Take action today: Write Governor McCrory and tell him to VETO House Bill 318.

    HB 318 does nothing to help strengthen North Carolina's economy. Instead, it sends a signal of hostility to immigrants and those struggling to find employment.

    Passed Sep. 29, 2015, this harmful legislation would undermine local government authority and restrict the powers of the state's Executive branch as well. Among the bill's most troubling provisions: restrictions on how local governments address their own needs when it comes to immigrant communities; and restrictive limits on jobless workers' ability to receive food aid during times of economic downturn or in parts of North Carolina that face persistent labor market distress.

    HB 318 would be an incredibly damaging policy change. A veto allows everyone to see North Carolina can reject divisive politics, and instead, pursue public policies that send a message of hope as the real North Carolina value.

    TAKE ACTION! Tell Gov. McCrory to veto the harmful and unnecessary HB 318!

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  • TAKE ACTION! Tell Legislators to Reject Bill that Diverts Funding from Public Schools, Hamper Teachers' Ability to Educate

    An enormously destructive bill is moving very quickly through the legislature that could have devastating impacts on public education.

    House Bill 539 would divert millions of dollars of revenue from local public school districts to charter schools. This will allow charter schools to receive funding for services and costs borne exclusively by local public schools. These changes will deprive your local public school of funding at a time when they can least afford it. The progress our local schools have made is at risk following years of budget cuts and funding diversions that have left North Carolina’s schools among the lowest-funded in the nation.

    HB 539 would deprive local public schools of the following types of funding:

    • Child nutrition indirect costs, even though charter schools are not required to provide Free or Reduced Price lunch
    • Driver’s Education, even though charter schools are not required to provide driver’s education
    • Fees received for use of school programs by outside groups (Includes after and before school programs run by the local school district)
    • Sales Tax Revenue regardless of how it is distributed (this will cause a large diversion of local funding to state-run charter schools in 5 districts)
    • Reimbursements, even though charter schools already receive a portion of funding from the original expenditures that are being reimbursed
    • Gifts and grants that are not restricted by the donor to be held in a specific fund for local schools
      • This will add to the administrative burden of understaffed central offices, requiring local school districts to ask anyone who gives them a grant to include language that expressly exclude charters or expressly restrict the grant to a particular school.
    • Federal appropriations made directly to local schools
    • Supplemental property tax revenue, even if the charter school is located outside the taxing jurisdiction

    These changes will deprive your local public school of funding at a time when they can least afford it. It will also likely lead to protracted litigation over the constitutionality of these funding diversions, further depriving charter schools and local public schools of limited funding. Quality, well-funded public schools are the foundation of North Carolina’s prosperity. The progress our local schools have made is at risk following years of budget cuts and funding diversions that have left North Carolina’s schools among the lowest-funded in the nation. Charter schools and local public schools should not be pitted against one another for these dwindling funds.

    Oppose HB 539 to keep funding in local public schools. ACT NOW to protect our state’s educational future against this bill, which is likely to move in the next 48 hours. 

  • Take Action! Support better wages for caregivers by sharing your story about care!

    This Sunday is Grandparents’ Day, which is a time to celebrate the grandparents and other elders who have touched our lives. It’s also a good opportunity to reflect on the importance of caregivers – both family members and professional workers – whose work helps seniors live their lives with dignity. Together, family caregivers and professional care workers make it possible for our elders to age in place and have fuller, healthier lives.

    However, the people providing this care often struggle themselves. More than 1.2 million working North Carolinians lack access to even one paid sick day to take care of an aging family member, and many family caregivers are pushed out of their jobs due to unfriendly family leave policies.

    Home care is one of North Carolina’s fastest growing occupations, yet the average homecare worker makes just $10 an hour—that’s $5 an hour less than the average worker in NC. As a result, far too many North Carolina caregivers live in poverty despite working full-time or more than full-time. 

    We need to change these outdated and misguided policies so that North Carolina’s caregivers have the support they need to provide care for seniors and others who need home care. Lawmakers need to hear your stories about the importance of caregivers to you and your family.

    Take Action! Support better wages for caregivers by telling us your story about care!

    Are you a caregiver, a long term care recipient or a family member of someone who needs long term care? We want to hear your perspective about the critical role caregivers (both family members and professional workers) have played in your family. Submit your stories below!

  • Reject failed deportation programs

    We call on local, state, and federal officials to work with us to hear solutions about what community safety and welfare really mean for us -- beyond more policing, incarceration, and deportation.

    Please leave us your cell phone number for occasional text updates. 

  • Take Action! Sign the petition supporting the creation of quality jobs in North Carolina

    These days, having a full-time job is no longer a guarantee of financial security. Fewer and fewer jobs provide the wages, benefits, and opportunities for upward advancement that make it possible for workers to make ends meet and for local economies to thrive. 

    North Carolina needs policies that support quality job creation. Sign here to call on our elected leaders to embrace the policies that can ensure economy-boosting jobs in our communities.

    The debate about how many jobs have been created in the past year misses a key aspect of job creation affecting workers, their families and the broader community: the quality of the jobs that have been created. The lack of quality jobs today means it is harder for working people to earn their way to security, opportunity and prosperity – in short, many current jobs will never afford workers a taste of the American Dream.

    This Labor Day weekend, join us in calling on Governor Pat McCrory to focus on creating quality jobs by enacting policies proven to deliver an economy that works for everyone.

  • SIGN THE PETITION

    The NC Senate has approved putting arbitrary formulas and restrictions into our State Constitution that would make it impossible for lawmakers to respond to the priorities of North Carolinians for quality schools, healthy communities, and vibrant main streets.

    Sign our petition today in opposition to Senate Bill 607 or any other TABOR-type legislation that reduces accountability and makes it impossible for North Carolina policymakers to take care of our state's priorities.

  • TAKE ACTION! Ask Congressman Butterfield to support paid leave bills

    Too many North Carolinians can’t get time off when they need it most—when they get sick, or when they need to care for a newborn, or stay home with a sick grandparent.

    Thanks to our nation’s outdated employment laws, more than a million workers in North Carolina have no opportunity to earn paid sick leave and 9 out of 10 North Carolinians have no access to paid family leave through their employers. This means that when illness inevitably strikes, workers must take unpaid time off—sacrificing wages so they can get well or take care of sick loved ones. And for a low-income family with no paid sick days or paid family leave, going just 3.5 days without wages is equivalent to losing a month’s groceries.

    This is wrong and needs to be fixed. Fortunately, Congress is currently debating two pieces of legislation that can correct this glaring oversight in our nation’s employment laws.

    • The Healthy Families Act (HR 932/S 497) would allow workers to earn an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, for up to 7 days paid time off to recover from illness. The bill would also allow workers to use these sick days to seek assistance for sexual assault. 
    •  The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (H.R. 1439/S. 786) would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of partial income when they take time for their own serious health condition, including pregnancy and childbirth recovery; the serious health condition of a child, parent, spouse or domestic partner; and the birth or adoption of a child.

    These important bills take big a step forward in ensuring that all workers don’t have to choose between earning a paycheck and recovering from illness or taking care of a newborn or family member.

    Congressman Butterfield has long been a champion of working families, especially those in living in impoverished rural North Carolina, but he has yet to announce his support for either the FAMILY Act or the Healthy Families Act. Now is the time for Congressman Butterfield to join his colleagues in cosponsoring these important bills.

    Take Action! Ask Congressman Butterfield to cosponsor the FAMILY Act and the Healthy Families Act.

  • Dangerous Manufactured Housing Bill


    A dangerous bill may be moving again. Senate Bill 491, the "Manufactured Home Purchase Agreement Change" bill, passed the Senate under the radar in April. It may come up for committee vote in the House soon. Contact lawmakers to tell them we don't want to gut existing protections against common manufactured home dealer abuses.

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell NC House members: Pass HB 482 (“Misclassification/Payroll Fraud”), a bill that will help level the playing field for law abiding NC businesses

    Contact your Representative TODAY and tell them to vote YES on HB 482!

    Employer misclassification and payroll fraud are growing problems that provide an unfair advantage to unscrupulous businesses over law-abiding businesses. These are not honest mistakes but business practices that fraudulently misclassify employees as independent contractors in order to save costs and win contract bids unlawfully. This practice hurts workers and honest businesses, and costs the state millions of dollars.

    HB 482 does not create any new regulations or puts any new requirements on businesses. Instead, HB 482 will make sure NC agencies do a better job of coordinating efforts aimed at enforcing existing laws. The bill will help change the current model where cheaters do not think they will ever be caught.

    HB 482 is scheduled for a floor vote Monday night. We need your help RIGHT NOW to tell the NC House to vote yes for this reasonable and helpful bill.

    Contact your representative TODAY and tell them to vote YES on HB 482!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell Rep. Leo Daughtry to Help End Discriminatory Policing

    Discriminatory policing is at odds with our shared values of fairness and justice. It can take place when law enforcement officers target individuals for humiliating detentions, interrogations, and searches without evidence of criminal activity based on their real or perceived  race, ethnicity, religion, nationality or sexual orientation. Profiling is not only a violation of the U.S. Constitution, it is also an ineffective law enforcement tool that wastes police officers' time and taxpayer dollars. It is a longstanding and troubling nationwide problem, including here in North Carolina.

    You can help address how police treat all of our neighbors by writing to Rep. Leo Daughtry, Chairman of the NC House Judiciary I Committee, and telling him that you support the Prohibition of Discriminatory Profiling bill (HB 193). This bill would:

    • Develop police oversight and transparency;
    • Create standardized local and state police, sheriff deputy and correction officer training on race equity, LGBTQ equity, religious freedom and domestic violence prevention (including Neighborhood Watch programs);
    • Organize data collection tweaks to current law (GS 143B-902) to gather true homicide by police data as endorsed by the Department of Justice;
    • Address problems with local law enforcement of immigration and track whether Latinos or other immigrant groups are being targeted as alleged by DOJ in the Alamance County Sheriff DOJ lawsuit;
    • Form a commission to review data on behalf of the legislature, publish findings annually, update training requirements, and promulgate rules around training and dissemination of information collected;
    • and Form Citizen Review Boards with meaningful authority to review officers’ conduct, including subpoena power and investigatory power, as well as the ability to discipline officers.

    The NC General Assembly has ignored appeals to have H193 heard in the House Judiciary Committee. TAKE ACTION TODAY by writing to Rep. Daughtry and telling him to move forward on this critical issue.

  • Take Action! Tell your legislators to support raising North Carolina’s minimum wage!

    Too many North Carolina workers are locked into low-wage jobs that don’t pay enough to cover the basics, even though they’re working full-time.

    The General Assembly has the opportunity to do something about this serious problem by raising North Carolina’s minimum wage from the current level of $7.25 an hour. We need you to help encourage our lawmakers to do right by North Carolina’s working families, and pass legislation to raise North Carolina’s wage floor.

    More than 80 percent of new jobs created since 2009 don’t pay workers enough to cover life’s necessities, including housing, healthcare, groceries and gas, despite working full time.

    Raising the minimum wage – and indexing it to keep up with rising costs – is critical to ensuring that all workers can afford the basics, now and into the future.

    Boosting the wage floor to just $10 an hour would impact approximately 1 million workers in North Carolina, putting more money in the pockets of workers, increasing sales for local businesses, and strengthening the state’s economy.

    It also makes the difference between an empty fridge and being able to make ends meet for thousands of low-wage workers and their families, especially for the 1 in 4 North Carolina children currently living in poverty. A half-million children in the state would experience increased security thanks to their parents’ higher wages.

    Take Action Now! Tell your legislators it’s time for North Carolina to Raise the Wage!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell lawmakers to increase access to higher education for all NC students

    Late last month, Senator Fletcher Hartsell introduced Senate Bill 463, entitled “Increase Access to Education.” This bill calls for any individual who has attended school in North Carolina for at least three consecutive years immediately prior to graduation and has received a high school diploma from a school within North Carolina or has obtained a general education diploma (GED) issued in North Carolina to receive resident tuition status.  

    Increasing educational opportunities for all North Carolinians is a win for young people and a win for our state. Access to our state’s colleges will prepare an educated workforce that will increase the state’s collective productivity and strengthen economic growth. Enabling all students to attend college will provide young people with the opportunity to pursue their choice of a career, will reduce dropout rates, and strengthen our future tax base.

    TAKE ACTION! Tell your state Representative and Senator to support increasing access to higher education for all NC students by supporting Senate Bill 463.

  • Tell Gov. McCrory To Stop Playing Politics with Our Families

    President Obama's action on immigration provoked confusing and misleading statements from Governor McCrory when he announced his intention to join other states in a lawsuit to block the changes. 

    Send a strong message to Governor McCrory that we want North Carolina to be a welcoming state for immigrants, and we support the President's much needed action.