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Charlotte City Workers Win Voluntary Checkoff

Public-sector workers in Charlotte, N.C., can now have their union dues deducted from their paychecks like other causes they support, with voluntary payroll deductions. Last week, the Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 to allow the checkoff.

The payroll deduction will allow firefighters, police officers, sanitation workers and other city employees to support their unions in a much more convenient way. North Carolina has some of the most anti-union labor laws and as the North Carolina State AFL-CIO pointed out, denying workers dues checkoff is a favorite tactic for right-wing politicians to undermine labor unions' ability to organize.

Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 660 joined with other unions to lobby the council to allow the payroll deductions, and IAFF President Harold Schaitberger says, “This is no small accomplishment. The IAFF has been proud to stand with its Charlotte members to push successfully toward their dues deduction goal.”

Read more from the IAFF about how the union’s political action training program helped Local 660 members wage their successful campaign.

While some council members argued against the payroll deductions, Councilwoman Beth Pickering reminded them:

This isn’t a lot to ask for these folks. Many of these folks put their lives on the line every day.

After the council vote, Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council President Cindy Foster said:

A big congratulations to our firefighters, city workers and police for their big win.

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