NC AFL-CIO Hails Death – For Now – Of State ‘Voter ID’ Law

Mark Gruenberg

Mark Gruenberg Editor, Press Associates Union News

The North Carolina AFL-CIO is hailing the death – for now – of the state’s notoriously discriminatory Republican-passed so-called “voter ID” law.

“North Carolina’s ‘monster voting’ law is dead, but lawmakers determined to suppress the vote say they’ll try again,” the state fed warned in a tweet on May 15.

Earlier that day, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling tossing out the law. Federal District Judge Diana Motz, who originally threw out the law, found that the state’s Republican-dominated legislature wrote it “with almost surgical precision” to disenfranchise African-Americans in the Tar Heel State.

Still pending before the High Court: Legal challenges to the GOP-approved racially based gerrymandering of both the state legislature and North Carolina’s U.S. House districts.

 

The state fed was one of many groups that protested state lawmakers’ actions. The legal cases against voter ID and redistricting were filed by the Obama administration Justice Department, North Carolina’s NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The voter ID law was one of the top causes that led the Rev. William Barber to launch the Moral Mondays movement, which has brought tens of thousands of people into the streets of Raleigh, the state capital, for more than a year. On May 15, Barber announced he would step down as head of the state NAACP to take the Moral Mondays movement nationwide, by reviving Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967-68 Poor People’s Campaign.

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California Protects Precariat Workers

From the AFL-CIO

In a historic win for California’s workers, the California Legislature approved a bill Sept. 13 that makes the misclassification of employees as independent contractors more difficult.

Sponsored by the California Labor Federation, Assembly Bill 5 codifies and expands on a 2018 California Supreme Court decision.

The bill also will help curb the rampant exploitation of workers by unscrupulous employers and give California’s working people the basic rights and protections we all deserve. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the bill into law.

 “The time is up for unscrupulous employers who claim their workers are ‘independent’ in order to cut corners on costs,”  California Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez said about A.B. 5

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