Madison Area DSA’s Labor Working Group will be hosting an online panel with workers from North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, (UE) Local 150 on Feb 1st, 2021 at 6:30pm. UE Local 150 is a public sector union in North Carolina, where collective bargaining in the public sector is illegal. Even without formal rights, the union has organized thousands of state and city workers, and won major victories including a $15 minimum wage for full-time state employees.
In Wisconsin, state workers effectively lost the right to collectively bargain in 2011, union membership has dropped by over 30 percent since. Madison DSA is hosting Local 150 to discuss the history of their union, how they’ve managed to build a vibrant union without bargaining rights, and their campaign to overturn racist Jim Crowe laws preventing the fundamental right to collectively bargaining. During our panel, we’ll be having a conversation about Local 150’s approach to organizing, the importance of member-run unions, and takeaways for public sector workers in Wisconsin, with time for Q&A.
Join us to hear from Darrion Smith (UE Eastern Region VP), Angaza Laughinghouse (UE150 former president) and Nathanette Mayo (UE150 former president).