By David Anders
It pays to be a part of your political process whether you are a Democrat or Republican. Everything we are as public employees or hope to become is based on politicians who are elected on a local level In areas where the unions are active in their county parties, there are changes taking place that was unheard of a few years ago. In Buncombe County we have one active IAFF members who is a precinct chair and two active retired IAFF members who are precinct chairs. We also have a politically active CLC. These resolutions were brought forth and passed at precinct meetings, unanimously passed at the county convention and headed for the 11th Congressional party convention and onto the state Convention.
The three (3) resolutions below were voted on and unanimously passed today at the Buncombe County Party Convention in Asheville.
In Support of Collective Bargaining Rights for All Employees in North Carolina
Whereas: The Platform of the North Carolina Democratic Party states: “We reassert our fundamental belief in the collective bargaining process as a means of serving the interests of both public and private employees and employers. Those interests include better productivity, fair and adequate employee compensation and benefits, and safe, harmonious, and healthy working conditions;” and
Whereas: Public employees in our state have long been denied by General Statute 95-98 this fundamental right to collectively bargain for improvement of their wages and working conditions; and
Whereas: Only North Carolina and Virginia continue to deny their public workers this fundamental right of collective bargaining.
Therefore Be It Resolved: That the North Carolina Democratic Party support General Assembly bills S427 and H750, which repeal the prohibition on contracts between governmental entities and labor organizations for the purpose of collective bargaining and restore that right, as a major priority in this coming legislative session and strongly urges our state legislators to pass such legislation and for the Governor to sign it; and
Be It Finally Resolved: that Buncombe County and North Carolina Democratic Party urge our local governments to pass resolutions in support of collective bargaining for all North Carolina public and private employees and to restore fairness and respect to those who serve the public.
In Support of Workers’ Collective Rights and of the “Wisconsin 14”
Whereas: The right of collective bargaining is the backbone of union strength in the United States, the “or else” against the power of employers to fire workers who are unwilling to work for low wages and in unsafe conditions; and
Whereas: The 8-hour work day, the 40-hour work week, weekends off, worker’s compensation and collective bargaining itself all began in Wisconsin; and
Whereas: The wages, benefits and safe working conditions negotiated by unions have translated into equal benefits for non-union workers as well as for union workers and their families; and
Whereas: For over one hundred years the Democratic Party has been the staunch ally of labor unions and the working people in the United States; and
Whereas: The Republican Party has sided with corporate power against America’s working people, beginning with the Taft Hartley Act in 1947, and most egregiously with President Reagan’s assault against the Air Traffic Controllers union in 1982; and
Whereas: Most recently, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has declared open war on Wisconsin’s unions and their established collective bargaining rights; and
Whereas: The fourteen Wisconsin Democratic senators have refused to return to give the Wisconsin Senate the quorum to pass the bill that would strip collective bargaining from the state’s public workers unions; and
Whereas: Governors in Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Idaho, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma are mounting similar attacks against the unions; and
Whereas: Unions are the only counter balance against the unlimited corporate political spending unleashed by the Roberts Supreme Court’s “Citizens United v. FEC” ruling,
Therefore, Be It Resolved: That the North Carolina Democratic Party affirm our solidarity with the Wisconsin State Senators (the “Wisconsin 14”) in standing up to Governor Walker’s blatant attack on Wisconsin’s unions, and
Therefore, Be It Further Resolved: That the North Carolina Democratic Party assert our support of unions and their collective bargaining rights.
In Support of Collective Bargaining Rights for All Employees, Private and Public
Whereas: Public employees and their labor unions are under attack; and
Whereas: North Carolina specifically disallows collective bargaining by public employees.
Therefore Be It Resolved: That the Buncombe County Democratic Party support and urge State and National elected officers to support labor unions and collective bargaining for all workers, public and private.