by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
Did you know that on North Carolina’s 23 local Workforce Development Boards, there is a requirement that organized labor must be represented. Why? Isn’t North Carolina a Right to Work state? Perhaps because it is tied to funds and stipulations in the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
Within the Department of Commerce, NC Workforce Development Board information is this:
A Workforce Development Board is a group of community leaders appointed by local elected officials and charged with planning and oversight responsibilities for workforce programs and services in their area. In North Carolina, 23 local Boards are responsible for:
developing local plans for the use of WIA funds
oversight of the local service delivery system
coordinating activities with economic development entities and employers in their local areas
The majority of each Board is represented by members of the local business community. In all, Board membership includes individuals representing business and industry, economic development agencies, community-based organizations, education, organized labor, public assistance agencies and more.