DNC may have to respect N.C. right to work for convention

posted at 9:25 am on November 30, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

When the DNC announced that it would be bringing it’s convention to North Carolina, the locals were understandably enthusiastic. While it’s really only a temporary sugar rush for the economy, any event of that size represents a valuable injection of cash and jobs into the local economy. But as the plans moved forward, the conversation began to turn to the question of what sort of jobs would be created? Who would get the lucrative contracts associated with the convention?

As the Charlotte Observer reports, local legislators became concerned over whether Tar Heel State workers would have the first crack at these opportunities and – more to the point – if the state’s right to work status would be respected.

North Carolina lawmakers approved a nonbinding resolution Tuesday asking the Democratic National Convention to change its rules and “respect North Carolina’s right-to-work laws.”

It comes after Republicans raised concerns about North Carolina firms not getting contracts for the September convention because they are not unionized shops.

The resolution asks the DNC to refrain from hiring workers and companies from outside North Carolina when qualified businesses or workers are available within the state…

“It may astonish you – it’s not about politics, it’s about jobs,” said state Rep. David Lewis, the Republican sponsor.

Lewis said he supported the convention in Charlotte, but he wanted to make sure local workers are hired.

“I think it’s only fitting that Tar Heel workers at least have the opportunity to benefit from (the convention),” he said.

So far the report only identifies one contract which went to a union shop at the expense of a local, non-union outfit. It involved printing services, which is unlikely to be such a rare skill set that it couldn’t be accommodated by the local talent. But we’re still early in the process, with many more contracts yet to be awarded, so the legislature is probably wise to nip this in the bud.

It’s important to note that this isn’t an effort to legislate the hiring process. The measure is a non-binding resolution which simply calls upon the DNC to do the right thing by the state’s workers and to respect their local labor laws. But it brings the issue very much into the public eye, and since it involves Jobs, Jobs, Jobs it’s obviously an embarrassment that the DNC won’t want to have hanging over their heads – or those of their candidates – just as we get into the hottest part of the campaign cycle.

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Nice little convention you have there. Hate to see something happen to it.

BacaDog on November 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM

“Alinsky’d” by their own petard.

Heh.

Bat Chain Puller on November 30, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Breaking news…DNC to move convention…

tinkerthinker on November 30, 2011 at 9:38 AM

If the demorat convention is anything like the last one, perhaps North Carolinianitatonians will want to avoid it.

I remember it well: free-range finger sandwiches, imported spring water, arugula leafs arranged on beds of tofu, napkins made of recycled toilet paper, and edible utensils; the dullest fare ever conceived by the liberal mind.

Who really wants to be involved with catering to the diseased minds which chose that menu.

Bishop on November 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM

I remember it well: free-range finger sandwiches, imported spring water, arugula leafs arranged on beds of tofu, napkins made of recycled toilet paper, and edible utensils; the dullest fare ever conceived by the liberal mind.

Who really wants to be involved with catering to the diseased minds which chose that menu.

Bishop on November 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM

You must be confused and are recalling a camping trip to the Boundary Waters.

Yoop on November 30, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Why does the DNC think it is exempt from laws everyone else has to obey? It’s not like NC is the only right to work state.

Blake on November 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

The DNC won’t even break a sweat on this one. They will hire union where they can and say there was no one qualified where they can’t. Is there anyone in N.C. that can make Greek columns or is that so 2008?

Cindy Munford on November 30, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Is there anyone in N.C. that can make Greek columns or is that so 2008?

Those were Greco-Roman at best, but if you observed the base and fluting, they were archetypal Roman columns. But who was paying attention as the “One” walked out on the stage.

seismedia on November 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

North Carolina has a high unemployment rate, thanks to the bad policies of the Democrat gov and the previous Democrat General Assembly. It’d be nice if the Dems hired North Carolinians, but, we know that they will truck in out of state unionized workers.

William Teach on November 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Why does the DNC think it is exempt from laws everyone else has to obey?

Hello! Wake up! Where have you been the last 5,000 years!?

Politicians are interested in dictating the law, not following it. Do as I say, not as I do.

seismedia on November 30, 2011 at 10:15 AM

It involved printing services, which is unlikely to be such a rare skill set that it couldn’t be accommodated by the local talent.

Right-to-work issues aside, you can often do better by going outside the local market, particularly for printing. My company uses a California-based trade printer with five plants across the country, and even with shipping costs, they deliver high quality while saving our clients at least 50% of what the local talent charges to print brochures and mailers.

bgoldman on November 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM

we know that they will truck in out of state unionized workers

Of course, and come November 2012, they’ll be trucking in out-of-state voters in addition to raising them from the dead, releasing them from prison, or sneaking them in over the border. No news here.

seismedia on November 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM

But who was paying attention as the “One” walked out on the stage.

seismedia on November 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

And both were/are styrofoam.

Cindy Munford on November 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Well then,Occupy Convention.

docflash on November 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

boeing ought to cancel all airline flights into NC
convention week

audiotom on November 30, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I wonder what the carbon footprint is for busing union workers from out of state.

NukeRidingCowboy on November 30, 2011 at 11:48 AM

The 1% is the people in government with power to effect the lives of the other 99%.

albill on November 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I remember it well: free-range finger sandwiches, imported spring water, arugula leafs arranged on beds of tofu, napkins made of recycled toilet paper, and edible utensils; the dullest fare ever conceived by the liberal mind.

Don’t forget the disposable US Flags.

BobMbx on November 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Update from here in NH: Democrat Governor John Lynch vetoed the RTW bill here recently; today the attempted override of his veto failed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN8au0JSoQU&feature=uploademail

Del Dolemonte on November 30, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Yeh, you tell them Republicans. Our illegals need the work too.

livermush on November 30, 2011 at 2:05 PM