Statement on Fines Levied in Deadly Raleigh Scaffolding Collapse

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, jeremy@aflcionc.org, 336-255-2711

Statement by NC State AFL-CIO on Fines Levied in Deadly Raleigh Scaffolding Collapse

“Companies whose negligence costs workers their lives should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.” — MaryBe McMillan

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 23, 2015) – The North Carolina State AFL-CIO issued the following statement by Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan in response to the North Carolina Department of Labor’s announcement today that it has fined three companies involved in a fatal scaffolding collapse in downtown Raleigh earlier this year:

“While we are glad the Department of Labor is holding these companies accountable for their role in this workplace tragedy, we had hoped the Commissioner would levy the steepest fines possible. We hope the fines are not reduced further during the appeals process. Companies whose negligence costs workers their lives should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

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The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working families.  PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.

MaryBe McMillan, Secretary-Treasurer of the NC State AFL-CIO, delivers remarks at April 28, 2015 observance of Int’l Workers Memorial Day: