The NC House passed a resolution (H151) on November 29 calling on the Democratic National Committee to utilize North Carolina companies and workers during the preparation and execution of their national convention to be held in Charlotte next September. The resolution encourages the DNC to look within the state to hire and contract capable workers. Additionally, the resolution urges the DNC to respect North Carolina’s right-to-work laws.
The Charlotte Observer reports North Carolina lawmakers approved a nonbinding resolution 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. Read More.