Margaret Young Weeber: ‘Happy Hunger Games’

February 26, 2014 

This year has been a nightmare for women and families in N.C., thanks to Gov. Pat McCrory, and his choice in leadership was a powerful statement attesting to the legislature and the governor’s war on women and families.

Ironically, this war on women and families has crowned N.C. with many draconian and backward-leaning “firsts” in the country, other than “First in Flight.” Examples:

• North Carolina was the first state in the nation to reduce unemployment benefits, thereby intentionally disqualifying itself from the Unemployment Benefits Extension Program. This action hurt women and families.

• North Carolina was the first state in the nation to abolish teacher tenure. This action hurt women and families by removing appeals for job security.

• North Carolina was the first state in the nation to abolish higher teacher pay for advanced degrees. This action hurt women and families.

• North Carolina was the first state in the nation to establish a “Hunger Games” style competition for piddling merit pay increases for teachers. This action hurt women and families.

I guess our new license plates should say, “Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor.”

Margaret Young Weeber

Raleigh National Organization for Women

Raleigh

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