Labor pains: WNC unions at a crossroads

In Western North Carolina and across the country, labor unions seem to be a dying breed these days, and many local residents don’t seem overly concerned about it. Yet WNC’s complex history of unionization stretches back to the late 19th century. From high-profile labor disputes and the emergence of “right to work” laws to the […]

Statewide Out of Control tour stops in West Asheville

A coalition of groups critical of the North Carolina general assembly stopped by the West Asheville Public Library as part of its statewide Out of Control tour. Sponsored by Democracy North Carolina, the Institute for Southern Studies, the North Carolina branch of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, N.C. Policy Watch and Progress North Carolina, the tour’s stated goal is to “stop out-of-control right wing extremist lawmakers from ruining North Carolina before it’s too late,” according to the event’s website.