[espanol abajo] On July 12, 2017, Governor Cooper signed S615, rejecting requests from labor and immigrant rights organizations and other social justice NGOs for a veto. The bill was sponsored by farmers elected to the General Assembly and aimed at stopping migrant farmworkers from joining FLOC, the state’s only agricultural union, and winning improved working conditions through union agreements.
On Tuesday, July 18, Farmworkers will be joined by supporters from the Labor, Religious, and Faith leaders to publicize this disgraceful act of the NC government. Please show your support for farmworkers by joining us for a press conference and petition delivery to Gov. Cooper’s office.
**We will be meeting outside the Old State Capitol on Morgan St!
El 12 de julio de 2017, el gobernado Cooper firmo S615, negando peticiones de organizaciones laborales y en defensa de inmigrantes y otras organizaciones de justicia social para un paro. La ley fue patrocinada por rancheros elegidos a la Asamblea General y fue dirigida a detener la afiliacion a FLOC de lxs trabajadores del campo, el unico sindical agricola, y el logro de mejores condiciones laborales por acuerdos sindicales.
El martes, 18 de julio, trabajadores del campo se van a juntar con lideres del movimiento laboral y de la comunidad de fe para publicar la verguenza de esta ley hecha por del gobierno de NC. Por favor, muestra su solidaridad con lxs trabajadores del campo y unense con nosotros para una conferencia de prensa y entrega de peticion a la oficina del gobernador Cooper.
**Nos vamos a juntar fuera del Old State Capitol en la calle Morgan!
FLOC PRESS RELEASE:
Only a few weeks ago during meetings with worker and immigrant rights organizations, NC Governor Roy Cooper committed to support workers and veto anti-immigrant bills. His promise was put to the test when the NC Legislature passed S615, a bill sponsored by farmers elected to the NC General Assembly that aims to stop FLOC from continuing our efforts to improve wages and working conditions for farmworkers. Despite numerous requests from labor and immigrant rights organizations and other social justice NGOs for a veto, Governor Cooper signed S615 on July 13.
The amendment sponsor, Rep. Dixon, himself a farmer, was asked about why he feared farmworkers would join unions when there are already anti-union laws in place and replied, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” clarifying without a doubt his intention to stifle workers’ right to freedom of association and speech.
“Gov. Cooper chose to be on the wrong side of history, supporting the continuation of racist Jim Crow-era laws aimed at keeping immigrant farmworkers from achieving equal rights and ending abuses in the fields. It is a shame that this Democrat and others refuse to stand on the side of the most marginalized working poor and the immigrant workers that keep this state’s economy afloat.”
– President Baldemar Velasquez
However, the fight is not yet over. We plan to challenge this bill in the courts. Please join us for a press conference next Tuesday, July 18 at the Governor’s office in Raleigh, NC to discuss next steps to stop this bill’s implementation. More details coming soon!