Our view: NC is the last time for workers | editorial staff


As it turns out, the home of Andy Griffith, John Coltrane, and the best barbecue in the world isn’t exactly the friendliest place to be for workers.

In fact, North Carolina ranks last in the nation, according to a new report comparing all states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

Like in the low point. Better than none. The lowest card in the deck.

The report by the nonprofit Oxfam America based the ratings on government policies related to wages, worker protection and the right to association.

Oxfam says North Carolina ranks 52nd simply because it doesn’t invest in its workers.

We’re not alone in the basement. States in the south generally performed poorly on the rankings, with the exception of Virginia, which came in 23rd.

One rung above North Carolina was Georgia (No. 51); then came Mississippi (50th), Alabama (49th) and South Carolina (48th).

The reactions were predictably partial.

The office of Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, generally agreed with the results.

But the office of the state’s most powerful politician dismissed the report as superficial and purposeful.

“This left advocacy group, which most people have never heard of, just doesn’t like Republican politics in North Carolina,” said Pat Ryan, a spokesman for Republican Senate leader Phil Berger.


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