The Democratic National Convention: How the DNC plans to circumvent North Carolina’s right-to-work status

posted at 3:40 pm on November 7, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Big Labor has been a significant part of the Democratic coalition since — oh, I don’t know — the birth of Big Labor. So, it must have come as a shock to the union bosses who’ve fought unusually furiously for “middle class principles” in one of this year’s biggest political battles — the state-by-state fight to reduce state employee pensions and other benefits — when the Democratic National Committee selected a prominent city in a right-to-work state as the seat of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

No matter, though: Democrats had a plan. Led by Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (“a Democrat with close ties to Obama,” The Daily Caller calls him), they would simultaneously feast on Charlotte’s nonexistent barbecue and roll in out-of-state union workers to replace local non-union workers. Ideally, they would do it undetected, so nobody in Charlotte would feel affronted and union bosses would be secretly pleased.

One problem: Republican mayoral challenger Scott Stone has been on to Foxx for some time now. At a recent press conference, Stone asked Foxx to pledge not to give convention jobs to out-of-state workers — but Foxx evaded.

Now, reports have surfaced that show Foxx and the other organizers of the Democratic National Convention have, in fact, discriminated against non-union shops in Charlotte.

The beauty of capitalism is such that the DNC can do what it wants. Nothing says convention organizers have to hire non-union workers. The typical advantage to non-union shops is that they keep labor costs low. If organizers want to pay more to retain the political support of major union bosses, that’s their prerogative. But one of the immutable laws of life is that decisions have consequences — and we can rarely have it “both ways.” In this case, Foxx risks upset constituents in Charlotte voting him out of office next Tuesday — and the president risks upsetting his host city and an important swing state.

Update: This post originally mistakenly stated that Charlotte is the capital of North Carolina, when (duh!) Raleigh is. My bad. The post has been corrected above.


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Charlotte is not the capital of North Carolina.

hawksruleva on November 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Nice post Tina – however, Charlotte is not the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is.

rhbandsp on November 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Go Stone go. That would be sweet.

DanMan on November 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM

The Charlotte Observer has an interesting article on preparations. Apparently anyone contracting with the convention has to sign non-disclosure agreements.

hawksruleva on November 7, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Nice post Tina – however, Charlotte is not the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is. rhbandsp on November 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I thought it was Mayberry. huh.

Akzed on November 7, 2011 at 3:51 PM

The whole point of hosting the convention in a state is to get the votes for that state. Way to put a stick in NC’s eyes. Winning.

pedestrian on November 7, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Charlotte is not the capital of North Carolina.

hawksruleva on November 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

sure it is, or else Raleigh wouldn’t hate it so.

jp on November 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Smart move, alienate North Carolinianitiacs by cutting them out of the millions spent by the convention.

These people want to run my healthcare system?

Bishop on November 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

To be fair, Charlotte thinks it’s the capital of “Carolina”. It’s really annoying.

Charlotte is to North Carolina as Durham is. A cesspool of uppity White liberals and tow-the-line blacks. Foxx has nothing to worry about.

SouthernGent on November 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

The thing to watch with the DNC next year is Bank of America, headquartered in Charlotte but under aim of OWS and populist politics the Dems rely on.

There is a chance Obama will be giving his speech from Bank of America Stadium.

jp on November 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Nice post Tina – however, Charlotte is not the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is. rhbandsp on November 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I thought it was Mayberry. huh.

Akzed on November 7, 2011 at 3:51 PM

No, it’s Mt. Pilot.

Or maybe Siler City?

Del Dolemonte on November 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Did they think no one would notice outsiders?

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM

I thought it was Mayberry. huh.

Akzed on November 7, 2011 at 3:51 PM

No, it’s Mt. Pilot.

Or maybe Siler City?

Del Dolemonte on November 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Mount Airy.

Chip on November 7, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Voting is tomorrow… 11/8/11. I’d call that THIS Tuesday.

And as one of the minority of conservatives in Charlotte, I’m voting for Stone… hoping enough other conservatives get out to vote. I heard that early voting was favoring the Dem’s.

SnowSun on November 7, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Why not just ask the non union businesses to pay their employees Prevailing Wage? Such a simple solution.

Rich on November 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

And as one of the minority of conservatives in Charlotte, I’m voting for Stone… hoping enough other conservatives get out to vote. I heard that early voting was favoring the Dem’s.

SnowSun on November 7, 2011 at 4:06 PM

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Why did I have the impression that Charlotte was conservative? Maybe it’s more conservative than Asheville is what I should be thinking?

ExpressoBold on November 7, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Raleigh may be the capitol…but Wilmington is the center….

I hope Stone keeps the pressure on, we are proud of our right to work state…

right2bright on November 7, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Also note… we have a DEM Governor, yet our state employees are not unionized and, obviously, do not have collective bargaining “rights”. There has also been a pay freeze in effect for the last three years.

Think anybody will notice?

Nah.

mankai on November 7, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Why not just ask the non union businesses to pay their employees Prevailing Wage? Such a simple solution.

Rich on November 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Better is asking the unions to pay the prevailing wage…

right2bright on November 7, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Why did I have the impression that Charlotte was conservative? Maybe it’s more conservative than Asheville is what I should be thinking?

ExpressoBold on November 7, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Havana is more conservative than Asheville.

mankai on November 7, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I took a brief look at the Charlotte In 2012 website.

Nothing can compare to the thrill, excitement and exhilaration of witnessing our nation’s Democratic leaders share their vision, ideas and passion with fellow Democrats from all over the United States.

Although at the bottom of the page, four of the six “Democrat Visionaries” highlighted are now dead (hint: the other two are Slick Willie & The Big Mooch).

Nice metaphor for Barry’s “vision.”

pain train on November 7, 2011 at 4:16 PM

ExpressoBold:

Charlotte/Mecklenburg County is 66% Democrats. The rest are split between unaffiliated, conservatives, and RINO’s.

All the surrounding counties are pretty strong Republican suburbs. The major reason I haven’t moved out is I the hate traffic to get back in.

SnowSun on November 7, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Nice post Tina – however, Charlotte is not the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is.

rhbandsp on November 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM

c’mon y’all – you remember Sherrif Taylor and ol’ Barn heading to the State Capiral at Raliegh……

And seriously (and a little off topic)….what the frig was up with Floyd?

Tim_CA on November 7, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Won’t matter. Democrats share the principle of “do as I say, not as I do”.

Their goal is to turn NC into a Union-run state, why would Dem voters care if the Democrats import the work force for the ultimate endgame.

The only people this will tick off will be Republican voters who pay attention. They aren’t voting for BHO anyway.

We think way too short-term when it comes to what Democrats really want.

simon on November 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

No, it’s Mt. Pilot.

Or maybe Siler City?

Del Dolemonte on November 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

According to Aunt Bea and Clara…..Mt. Pilot is full off hussy’s and city women.

Tim_CA on November 7, 2011 at 4:42 PM

All the surrounding counties are pretty strong Republican suburbs.
SnowSun on November 7, 2011 at 4:25 PM

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That sounds more like what I remember. Downtown cesspool surrounded by the idyllic suburbs and farms of Southern Living country. Home to such strange opposites as The Birthplace of Andrew Jackson, founder of the Democrat Party and the Moody Bible Institute and Flying Missionary School.

ExpressoBold on November 7, 2011 at 4:44 PM

In this case, Foxx risks upset constituents in Charlotte voting him out of office next Tuesday — and the president risks upsetting his host city and an important swing state.

Be funny as hell if Foxx loses next Tuesday. Obama might consider it a harbinger of things to come.

GarandFan on November 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM

We are gonna tell the hippies that every thing is free at the convention so head on down.That is if the lice or cold weather don’t git em.
Gov bev and her buddies lost the new tire plant so there.
Finally after they waste a lot of money on new styrofoam temples when it is over nobody in town will have made a killing cept the pols, the folks will vote.
Mayberry will still be there and Ashville will be on a granola diet.
The locals may be po’ed enough to vote da won out.

Col.John Wm. Reed on November 7, 2011 at 5:08 PM

What would ‘One Bullet Barney” do ?

Wade on November 7, 2011 at 5:12 PM

That would be hilarious. What could Stone do, to really screw things up for the DNC?

Ward Cleaver on November 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Let’s try again:

Be funny as hell if Foxx loses next Tuesday. Obama might consider it a harbinger of things to come.

GarandFan on November 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM

That would be hilarious. What could Stone do, to really screw things up for the DNC?

Ward Cleaver on November 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Ward Cleaver on November 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Ward, Stone doesn’t want to screw the convention, he wants to save it. It can be a positive for the city and Obama still lose. There are enough conservatives in this area to warrant saving Charlotte.

mike_NC9 on November 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM

You get a half pass, Tina. Charlotte is the banking capital of North Carolina.

eeyore on November 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

While it’s certainly true that the DNC has the right to contract with whomever they choose, it would be entertaining if all non-union service providers decided to shut down in protest during the convention.

TexasDan on November 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Raleigh is the capitol, Charlotte is the Queen City. Greenville, NC, though, is party central.

It should be interesting considering all the banking headquarters in Charlotte. The stadium where the Panthers play is the Bank Of America stadium.

I really hope the OccupyCharlotte wackos are still out in full force, and forcing the MFM to duck and cover so as to not cover the dirty smelly hippies.

William Teach on November 7, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Raleigh is the capitol, Charlotte is the Queen City. Greenville, NC, though, is party central.
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William Teach on November 7, 2011 at 6:13 PM

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Uh oh, are you an ECU Bucs fan?

ExpressoBold on November 7, 2011 at 6:23 PM

As a longtime Charlotte resident I will be pulling the straight Republican lever tomorrow. The bigger the embarasment for Obama and co when they come to town the better.

LCT688 on November 7, 2011 at 7:13 PM

While it’s certainly true that the DNC has the right to contract with whomever they choose, it would be entertaining if all non-union service providers decided to shut down in protest during the convention.

TexasDan on November 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Maybe someone should organize an Occupy the DNC Convention with all the non-union workers.

chewmeister on November 7, 2011 at 7:24 PM

LCT688, I’m from Charlotte, too. I’m not sure how I’m going to vote. You know the nut jobs will come down here during the convention and riot. If Scott wins they will balme the riots on him. But if Foxx wins, he gets the blame and the anger at him will help take NC next year. I’m still on the fence… for the first time since I was 20.

Hopeless Future on November 7, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Uh oh, are you an ECU Bucs fan?

ExpressoBold on November 7, 2011 at 6:23 PM

ECU are the Pirates, Expresso… We don’t have anything as uppity as Buccaneers here. We’re just plain ole mean a$$ Pirates.

tickleddragon on November 7, 2011 at 8:57 PM

.. it would be entertaining if all non-union service providers decided to shut down in protest..
TexasDan on November 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Who’ll be first across a picket-line ??
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CaveatEmpty on November 7, 2011 at 9:22 PM