The Labor Caucus believes that worker rights equate to human rights.
The caucus believes that every resident of North Carolina should have the opportunity to have a job that pays livable wages with benefits.
In addition, the caucus supports cooperation between employers and employees to assure productivity through fair and adequate employee compensation, benefits and safe, harmonious, and healthy working conditions.
The purpose of the Labor Caucus, through its members and activities will be to:
represent the political interests and views of organized labor, unorganized labor, and the working men and women within the North Carolina Democratic Party;
promote the agenda of the North Carolina Democratic Party on labor issues as defined by its platform, resolutions and legislative agenda within the Democratic Party and around the State of North Carolina;
Work to elect and/or re-elect a Democratic officeholder to the office of Labor Commissioner, and provide opportunities for supporters of Labor rights to seek political appointments or elected office, paid or unpaid; provide networking and meeting opportunities for Democrats who support the full range of Labor rights; and serve as a forum to inform, recognize and counter any assault on collective bargaining* or organizing rights or general trade union principles and practices in North Carolina.
(* The caucus recognizes that North Carolina has traditionally been an anti-union State and that collective bargaining was banned in North Carolina in 1959 by NC General Statute 95-98, which declared any contract between state or local government and any labor organization as “against the public policy of the state” and thus “illegal, unlawful, void, and of no effect.” In addition Collective bargaining is explicitly illegal in 5 states all located in the South: North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas. However, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations agency responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labor standards, states in its Constitution and Declaration of Principles that the freedoms to associate and to bargain collectively are fundamental human rights and that the NCDP passed a resolution in 2014 in support of collective bargaining.)