Updated: Union Protesters March on NC Republican Party Headquarters, Demand Union Rights, State Jobs
Republican Party headquarters. The union supporters then circled the front lawn, chanting slogans and demanding”justice”. They wanted “union rights” and “rights for laid-off state workers” in North Carolina. Oddly, no one was working in the Republican party office at the time. Plus, very few workers have been laid off.
North Carolina liberals have been unhappy for most of the past year, when Republicans won control of the NC General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction. (After over 100 years of corruption lead by Democrats, this blogger never thought she’d see GOP control in her lifetime.)
In January, when the Legislature convened for its long session, Republicans went straight to work. They were left $2.4 billion budget deficit thanks to over spending by their Democratic colleagues.
GOP members had to make the tough decisions, and nothing was immune. State Universitites, community colleges and even public schools shared the burden, but not to the extent reported by the mainstream media. Even state employees, the apparent untouchables of budgeting, felt the heat.
Frankly, there was no point in their march. The General Assembly recently adjourned after putting a marriage amendment to the NC Constitution on the May ballot. Union supporters got very little mainstream media coverage. Only WTVD covered it locally and it appeared to this blogger that the marchers were not state employees at all, but rather people paid to be out a cool, wet night. Let’s hope our state government does not hire those with dread locks, like the gentlemen who spoke with the television station.
They marched NOT to save state jobs, but rather to push unionization in an otherwise anti-union state.
Unions have felt the heat, lately,
with the 2012 DNC Convention coming to Charlotte. Leaders have been pressuring the Governor to support President Barack H. Obama’s anti-union measures here in the State Capital. He visited the city last week, pushing his so-called jobs program.
Meanwhile, where does NC Governor Beverly Perdue stand on the issue? She refuses to take a stand, thus bowing to pressure from her union buddies who contributed heavily to her 2008 election campaign.
Editor’s Note: North Carolina’s State Employees Association (SEANC) is affiliated with The Service Employees International Union (SEIU). State employees in NC do not have collective bargaining rights, but they continue to pushing anyway.
UPDATE: 1:45 a.m. Sunday 9/18/2011 Turns out, Saturday was a “Day of Rage” for Liberals.
UPDATE: 1:47 p.m. Sunday 9/18/2011 The News and Observer weighed in today, with one activist calling the situation a ”crime scene”. They over reported the number of activists, at 100.