Current Actions

  • 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!

  • 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.