Election 2012 Issue Brief - Collective Bargaining Rights


Public-Sector Employees: North Carolina is one of the few states that by law prohibit collective bargaining for public employees. It is a 53-year old statute passed during an era when the rights of North Carolina residents were restricted in many areas of life. Without this right, public employees do not have a voice at work that could lead to better services for North Carolinians and improved working conditions for the employees. Repealing the state law (General Statute 95-98) would give agencies and units of government the discretion to enter into agreements with their employees.

Private-Sector Employees: Private-sector employees have the right to organize and bargain, but that right is limited by the uneven playing field afforded employers during union elections. The North Carolina “right to work” statute restricts the ability of employee organizations to have the support of all the employees it must represent in a workplace and severely disadvantages workers and their organizations.


Questions for Candidates

  • Collective bargaining rights are under attack in North Carolina. Public employees are denied the right to bargain collectively by the provisions of NC General Statute 95-98. What would you do to give public employees full rights?
  • The right of private-sector workers to organize and to negotiate contracts with their employer is being threatened. What would you do to protect those rights for individuals who work for private employers?


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