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Allan Freyer

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Trump order puts workers in meat and poultry processing, other essential industries in harm’s way

Frontline workers’ health and safety took another hit last week, after new Trump administration rules put meat and poultry processing workers at increased risk. This week COVID-19’s grim toll crossed 60,000 deaths. Over the past several weeks, the epidemic has ravaged workers in essential industries, from warehouses to grocery stores to meatpacking plants. Forced to work shoulder-to-shoulder without access to adequate, or in some cases, any protective gear, hand sanitizer, paid sick days, frontline workers across dozens of essential worksites are contracting and dying from COVID-19.

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Economic development bill is not ready for primetime

The North Carolina Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday to approve a bill that will almost triple the maximum amount of cash that companies receive for each individual job they create through the Job Development Investment Grant program (JDIG), North Carolina’s premier economic incentives program. Although well-intentioned, the plan still needs some work before legislators finally approve it.

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Growth in NC’s senior population bolsters push for paid family leave

As Hurricane Florence approaches North Carolina, thousands of families are figuring out the best ways to care for their ailing loved ones. This challenge is especially real in the face of the rushing storm, but countless families face this problem in slow motion every day. That’s why paid family medical leave is so important...

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Supreme Court overturns 40 years of precedent, guts public sector workers’ capacity to organize and bargain for better wages

Democracy and economic progress took a beating today, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a blatantly partisan 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the nation’s highest court struck down 40 years of established workplace protections. Those protections allowed state and local government employees the right to sign collective bargaining agreements requiring workers who benefit from union representation to pay their fair share of fees to support that representation.

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NC’s incentives bid for Apple needs more Road Runner, less Wile E. Coyote

Apple is reportedly coming to town, or at least considering it, and state lawmakers are tweaking the state budget to lure the corporate giant with a new package of incentives. Unfortunately, when one examines the latest proposal released by Senator Berger and Speaker Moore in today’s budget, it’s hard not to be reminded of the old “Looney Tunes” cartoons...

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Even GOP-dominated Congress wouldn’t go along with this Trump scheme for U.S. workers

Imagine your life if your boss could arbitrarily—and legally—take away chunks of your paycheck after you earned it and keep that money for him or herself. As strange as it sounds, that was the basic idea enshrined in a recent Trump administration scheme to let restaurant owners take control over their employees’ tips – a scheme that ultimately went too far even for Republicans in Congress.

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Trump tariffs are penny-wise pound foolish

Penny-wise, pound-foolish. So declared a disappointed English lord in response to his heir’s poor financial judgement. Though coined 500 years ago somewhere else entirely, the phrase still means the same thing today in 21st century America—don’t save small amounts of money on something if it’s going to cost you a whole lot more later on.

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Report raises new questions about Amazon, economic development

Amazon jobs and cash incentives to bring those jobs to North Carolina may not be all they’re cracked up to be, according to a new report released today by the Economic Policy Institute.

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Bad news and good news in the Toyota-Mazda decision to pass on NC

This past week has been a good one for the state of Alabama. Not only did the Crimson Tide football team defeat their neighbors from Georgia in the national college football championship game; Alabama political leaders defeated their peers from North Carolina in the competition for the latest big auto plant. Happily, unlike the case with the Georgia gridiron defeat, there’s still some good news for North Carolina amidst the disappointment.

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NC’s plummeting commitment to higher ed is a recipe for economic disaster

Access to affordable postsecondary education is important to building a workforce in North Carolina that attracts and retains good-paying jobs across the state. Around two out of every three jobs in the state will require some form of post-secondary education by the year 2020. Our state can meet this challenge, but only if we make sure that more people can access and complete these programs. And the biggest barrier to this remains the unaffordability of post-secondary education.

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