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N.C. urges right-to-work for convention

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- North Carolina lawmakers are moving to require the Democrats to consider non-union, in-state companies for contracts for its national convention in Charlotte.

The North Carolina House Tuesday night passed a non-binding resolution asking the Democratic National Committee to give its business to North Carolina companies whether they are union shops or not.

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"I think it's only fitting that Tar Heel workers at least have the opportunity to benefit," said sate Rep. David Lewis, the Republican sponsor of the bill.

The (Raleigh, N.C.) News and Observer said Wednesday the DNC has so far awarded three contracts to six companies for work connected to the convention. Only one company is considered a unionized firm.

The lone union company was hired to do printing work. The newspaper said the owner of a company that lost in the bidding publicly complained it was his non-union status that cost him the job.

Democrats called Lewis' resolution a waste of time, but Lewis said he was just looking out for state businesses and their employees. "It may astonish you -- it's not about politics, it's about jobs," he said.

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