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All or Nothing

For 40 years, members of the local chapter of the International Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union (L369) at Moncure Plywood have produced quality wood products for North Carolina's renowned furniture industry. In July 2008, the union voted to go on strike after new contract negotiations with the company stalled. The walkout began the longest strike in N.C. - a right to work state in which only 3.5% of the workforce is unionized. Despite the area's declining economy where factory layoffs are now routine and the anti-union sentiment held by many North Carolinians, the strikers stood on the line advocating workers' rights and opposing the company's labor standards - including a six-day work week, increased costs for health benefits and the loss of seniority rights for new positions.

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