An AP Story on the Technical Corrections bill in the NC State House has this little nugget:
There are some nontechnical changes. One provision would allow company police officers authorized by the state to make arrests to carry concealed weapons without receiving a permit. There is no opposition to the change, Hackney said.
This seemingly innocuous provision is a union-busting gift to the hog industry.
According to the NC Council of Churches the Smithfield Company Police have wide powers to arrest and intimidate workers. This provision would give them the ability to carry concealed weapons without a permit.
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union have urged Smithfield to disband its police force. This provision of the Technical Corrections bill would only strenghten such company police. Smithfield workers have been trying to organize for years.
Why Joe Hackney thinks no-one is opposed to this measure is beyond me.