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State government employees seek right to join unions

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North Carolina is one of two states in the nation that bars public employees from unionizing. (Virginia is the other.) That may be changing.

Legislators met with concerned state employees earlier this spring to discuss changing the 50-year-old law. Supporters say unionized public workers could work with the state to control costs. Opponents claim the move will bring higher government wages, benefits costs—and taxes.

At press time, bills granting public employees the right to collective bargaining were bottled up in both houses of the General Assembly.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina has the lowest rate of unionization of any state in the country, just 3.5%.

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