Tomorrow morning, UE Local 150, the public service
workers union here in North Carolina, will go to the general assembly to
meet with and lobby legislators.
UE are a grassroots organized, rank-and-file union who have
cut their teeth on public sector, DHHS mental health workers and sanitation worker campaigns in the Triangle over the last 10 years.
They have been active and central participants in Moral Monday
events and recognize the intersectionality of issues that keep
organized labor down in North Carolina. State employees
wages have been stagnant since 2008.
UE 150 is going in to meet with legislators with an aggressive set of
demands—$3,000 raises for all state and city employees, the cessation
of using contract and temporary labor in Department of Health and Human
Services positions; UE 150 is concerned particularly about mandatory
overtime of workers at DHHS state-operated facilities.
"Besides my full-time job with the state,I have to work two other jobs just to pay my bills, "said
Johnny Askins, a DOT employee in Durham, "My wife is out of work on disability and I am struggling. We need a big raise."
UE 150 will be lobbying legislators in the legislative
building tomorrow from 9 AM to noon.