Labor Day

COMMENTARY

To support workers this Labor Day, let’s tax wealth like work

BY: - September 5, 2022

As a long-time union and community organizer, I care deeply about workers’ rights. As a long-term resident of the Black communities of Raleigh and Durham, I care deeply about racial, social and economic equity. As a patriotic veteran, I care deeply about democracy, and am increasingly concerned that widening income and wealth inequality is posing […]

As Labor Day 2021 approaches, everything we thought we knew about work is wrong

BY: - September 3, 2021

Good policy choices drive down poverty. We have to keep moving forward on that So what can the plight of a little cafe tell you about the state of the American economy and the changing face of work? A lot, as it turns out. The other week, the bistro where my family and I have been grabbing brunch every Sunday since the start of the pandemic announced that....

This Labor Day, policies needed to knock down barriers to employment for all

BY: - September 2, 2019

The North Carolina Justice Center released its annual State of Working North Carolina report today. As workers, their families, employers and communities reflect on the critical role that work plays in well-being, the report lifts up the barriers that persist block Black and brown workers from good, quality jobs and the necessary role of public […]

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Yet another powerful op-ed makes the case for raising the minimum wage

BY: - September 4, 2018

Vicki Meath, the executive director of the western North Carolina nonprofit Just Economics, had a great Labor Day essay in the Asheville Citizen-Times entitled “Honoring Labor: workers deserve higher wages.” After reviewing the history of Labor Day, the labor movement and the brave men and women who helped end child labor and bring on the […]

Labor Day fact: SNAP helps 1 in 9 NC workers put food on the table

BY: - September 3, 2017

For many working North Carolinians, their wages alone are not enough to make ends meet. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is a critical tool many working families rely on in order to put food on the table. According to new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priority, […]

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Labor Day 2016: Jewish community leader reflects on “Labor Sabbath”

BY: - September 3, 2016

The good people at Carolina Jews for Justice are promoting “Labor Sabbath” in anticipation of the Labor Day holiday on Monday. The following essay lifts up that effort. Jewish Community Leader Reflects on “Labor Sabbath” By Ari Naveh — Member, Carolina Jews for Justice As we celebrate this Labor Day, members of the Jewish community […]

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Labor Day petition seeks policies to support quality jobs

BY: - September 7, 2015

In case you missed it, the North Carolina Justice Center is calling on North Carolinians to celebrate Labor Day this year by adding their names to a petition that calls for policies that promote quality jobs. Here’s the specific language: “We, the undersigned, call on Governor McCrory to support policies that create quality jobs that […]

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NC to commemorate Labor Day by making sorry unemployment system even sorrier

BY: - September 4, 2015

There was a fine op-ed in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer by an unemployed man from Salemburg named Bobby Parker about the sorry state of North Carolina’s bottom-of-the-barrel unemployment insurance system. And make no mistake; it is sorry. As a result of legislation passed in 2013, North Carolina’s once middle-of-the-pack system is now […]