#DNC2012 discriminates against CLT-area workers in favor of out of state union labor

Posted by: ST on November 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm

The crew at Labor Union Report have been doing an absolutely outstanding job of uncovering a disturbing story that should be front page news here but isn’t: The fact that, in spite of denials by both them and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to the contrary, the Democratic National Convention Committee is indeed discriminating against Charlotte-area workers in favor of their union masters for workers for next year’s DNC. LUR reports (hat tip: my co-blogger):

Shortly after denying that it was discriminating against non-union companies, the DNC chose Washington, DC-area vendor, Hargrove, Inc. (a company with a history of using union labor for its convention, trade shows and expo work) for the DNC Convention—once again discriminating against Charlotte’s union-free workforce. However, it gets worse.

Late last week, we received a tip that the DNC was forcing the downtown-Charlotte hotels to displace their own existing workers and bringing in union labor to work during the DNC Convention. While the Hyatt Place denied the rumor, numerous calls were placed to general managers at other area hotels but were not returned.

However, at the Ritz Carlton, Charlotte, where President Obama is reportedly staying during the convention, employees did confirm that they had been told they would be laid off during the convention.

Here is one of the conversations that took place over the weekend with a Ritz-Carlton employee [Audio Link]:

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As the DNC and Mayor Foxx continue trying to dodge the issue of outsourcing Charlotte’s work to their union cronies, it is likely that more stories of Charlotte employees getting the shaft will emerge in the days, weeks and months ahead.

And Mayor Foxx is up for re-election – with tomorrow being Election Day.  His opponent is Republican Scott Stone, who has been hammering Foxx on the allegations of union favoritism and local labor force discrimination.  Foxx was a big mover and shaker in getting the convention here and is basking in the glory of that “victory”, in spite of the fact that Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate stands at 10.3%.

Mayor Foxx promised Charlotteans that having the DNC here in 2012 would bring much-needed jobs to this city.  What he didn’t say, but which was pretty predictable, was that many of those jobs would be filled by out of state union labor as a political payback to some of his party’s wealthiest donors/supporters.   If you live in Charlotte, make sure you get out to the polls tomorrow to send a message to Mayor Foxx that his lies about Queen City job creation will no longer be tolerated.

Update – 6:51 PM:  The Ritz-Carlton, of course, is denying this story – LUR has a handy suggestion for hotel employees who are still concerned about whether or not they will be “misplaced” for the week of the convention next year: Get a written guarantee. :D

Related – 7:07 PM: More on the DCCC’s dodging and weaving on the out of state union labor issue from the Charlotte Observer.

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  1. Carlos says:

    Gosh, one would think the DNC was OUTSOURCING like to another country or something!

    And isn’t NC a right-to-work state? How can the hotels and caterers and security teams and all the other thousands necessary to pull the convention off just lay off workers for a week or two, then call them back and tell them they have their jobs back?

    If I were the hotels or convention places or caterers, I look real carefully for sabotage for a long time afterwards, if that’s what they do.

    And one more thing, since they plan on bringing in outside labor. How many of the imports will be illegals that the unions have been panting for to increase their union dues? Seems to me it would be wise of NC to rush through a “prove that you’re a citizen” law, WITH TEETH, that fines employers severely for using them in the state. After all, if they are illegal but have a SSN, the SSN HAS to be fraudulent and should have been checked by the employer (in this case, both the hotel/caterers/etc. and the union!), so the union can be busted and such news plastered in every media willing to tell the truth (which pretty much limits it to the ‘net.)