Unions Wary of Dems' Convention Plans in NC

March 4, 2011 - 3:54 PM

Charlotte, N.C. (AP) - The Democratic Party's decision to hold its 2012 national convention in Charlotte is drawing concern from a labor movement that feels under attack.

The party's decision was partly motivated by the desire to win Southern states like North Carolina, which backed President Barack Obama in 2008.

But following efforts by Republicans in Wisconsin and Ohio to end collective bargaining rights for public workers, unions aren't thrilled about the party's national showcase being held in the least union-friendly state in the country.

Roughly 3.2 percent of North Carolina workers belong to unions, the lowest percentage in the nation.

Harris Raynor, an organizer in the South, says unions hope to use the convention as a platform to promote their cause.