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By Kos Moulitsas:
Non-union shops aren’t getting gigsfor the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina next year, and that makes some people sad. Guess who?
As the Democratic National Convention gets rolling in Charlotte, the tensions between the party’s labor allies and North Carolina’s fiercely anti-labor political and business leaders remains on the surface. This his has become an issue in the mayor’s race there, and local businesspeople are beginning to complain publicly of being shut out of business by the Convention’s preference for union shops, which may in some cases come from out of state. – Ben Smith at Politico.com
The Immigrant Card
Alabama farmers are getting killed by a new draconian law that has chased thousands of undocumented immigrants out of the state.
Tomato farmer Wayne Smith said he has never been able to keep a staff of American workers in his 25 years of farming.
“People in Alabama are not going to do this,” said Smith, who grows about 75 acres of tomatoes in the northeast part of the state. “They’d work one day and then just wouldn’t show up again.”
At his farm, field workers get $2 for every 25-pound box of tomatoes they fill. Skilled pickers can make anywhere from $200 to $300 a day, he said.
Unskilled workers make much less.