Category: Business and Regulations

  • Union Leader’s Tactics Backfire

    RALEIGH — Perhaps the proudest achievement of labor organizer Bruce Raynor — the real-life basis of a character in the film "Norma Rae" — was the unionization of six Pillowtex-Fieldcrest-Cannon mills in the Kannapolis area. After four failed votes, the first one in 1974, Raynor's union finally succeeded in 1999.

  • Critical Condition in Emergency Response

    Private-ambulance official Marc Pickard is clearly frustrated as he explains why a Lenoir County man who suffered a stroke last week did not receive faster medical attention. Even though Pickard's company, Convalescent Transport, sits across the street from the stroke victim’s house, county law prevented its ambulance from responding. Instead,…

  • Union Blocked Springs-Pillowtex Deal

    RALEIGH—The 6,450 layoffs at Pillowtex, Inc., which included about 4,800 workers in North Carolina, may have been mitigated had the union representing its employees not intervened in a deal to sell parts of the company. The largest manufacturer of home fashions in the United States, Springs Industries, offered as much…

  • Supreme Court Rules on Home Fines

    CHARLOTTE — Homeowners’ associations formed before 1999 do not have the inherent authority to levy fines, according to a recent ruling by the N.C. Supreme Court. The decision came in a case involving a Raleigh couple's dispute with their homeowners’ association over a retaining wall. The critical issue to the…

  • No. 699: Policymakers Should Embrace Corporate Outsourcing

    Corporate outsourcing from the United States to Asian and South American economies has recently become one of the major issues of debate among policymakers and trade unions in the United States. More and more, company CEOs, especially in the hi-tech sector, are turning to low-cost alternatives in Asia, such as…