Labor Day 2012 and the Democratic National Convention is moving into Charlotte. What a great opportunity for our state and the Democratic Party. Charlotte and all of North Carolina get national and international attention. The Democratic Party gets to better reveal itself to the people of our state.
Not all are happy about the choice of N.C for this convention. Labor unions are disappointed with the choice because the dismal number of N.C. unionized workers, at 2.9% we are last in the nation. Could this choice mean the strong ties between the Democratic Party and labor unions is over.
The Democrats and Labor Unions go way back. Each side depended on the other for support and both became stronger. The last 30 years have been difficult for the labor movement. They have continued to support the Democratic Party but has the party done enough to support unions? The recent changes in Wisconsin and Indiana mean that the South will not be alone when it comes to anti-labor laws.
The Democratic Party has an opportunity to renew its loyalty to labor, the workers of N.C. and our Nation. My dream for the D.N.C. in Charlotte is an announcement of the Party's intention to stop the tide of anti-labor legislation. The Democratic Party will announce it's commitment to reversing Right To Work in N.C. They will promise to work with labor unions and grass root organizations until the voters of our state understand the consequences of Right To Work and demand it is overturned. No more just playing defense.
You may say my dream is too big. I know the reality for a growing portion of our workforce is extremely difficult. I see a future that includes a living wage, adequate benefits and dignity for all that commit to work. Do the Democrats know how to play offense any more? Let's give Art Pope and his kind a never ending nightmare.