Dir. of Org. Bob Kingsley
addresses a rally against racial discrimination outside the Eastern
North Carolina School for the Deaf in Wilson, N.C.
On April 30, the UE Local 150 chapter at the Eastern North
Carolina School for the Deaf held a public hearing on patterns of racial
discrimination experienced by workers on the job. Some 100 people were in
Twelve school employees, all union members, gave testimony to
a panel consisting of two state representatives, a city councilman, a
community housing leader, a Glass Workers local treasurer and three
The union presented the panel a petition signed by 1,200 area
residents calling on the Governor to conduct an immediate investigation in the
problems at the School for the Deaf. A videotape of the hearing will be given
to the Governor along with the petition.
'MAJOR PART OF PROBLEM' STEPS DOWN
Weeks prior to the hearing, workers rallied outside the school
entrance to kick-off their campaign against discrimination. UE Dir. of Org.
Bob Kingsley was among the speakers.
Between these two events, the schools superintendent,
regarded as a major part of the problems, announced he would be stepping down.
Since then, training opportunities have opened up and some workers have
received promotions and raises.
Workers in other workplaces here have contacted UE Local 150
members to discuss how to correct problems they are experiencing on the job.