Asheville servers organizing over work conditions

Service workers of the town, UNITE!

There is an effort underway to organize restaurant workers in Asheville into a union. According to the Citizen-Times, they will meet Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.

The event will serve as a forum where workers can  discuss needs like sick leave and consistent schedules, then discuss a  plan of action.

"We're going to assemble because we  hope to achieve a little more dignity, paid time off, a regular  schedule and full 40-hour weeks," he said.

This is not a new idea, but it seems to have some problem getting off the ground. I have no issue with people creating an association to advocate on behalf of the group. Indeed, it's embedded in the American experience, as noted by Alexis de Tocqueville more than a century ago.

There is no collective bargaining rights for labor unions in North Carolina, so this group would not have the ability to force pay raises at all restaurants. Unless they adopt work stoppages and strikes, of course.

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