May 22, 2017
Sign our petition to tell state Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, our “Reluctant Regulator” to use her power to crack down on minimum wage violators in North Carolina!
The North Carolina Council of Churches has responded to the findings of an investigation by the News & Observer that Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry let deadbeat employers steal $1 million from North Carolinians in 2014 with a powerful op-ed calling on Berry “to enforce the laws of North Carolina” because “That’s her job.
Wage thieves are real, they are criminals, and last year Cherie Berry let them get away with stealing $1 million from workers in North Carolina.
It’s not just failing to combat wage theft. Cherie Berry has a long, sorry record as North Carolina’s Labor Commissioner, including multiple investigations by both the press and federal regulators and outrageous policy positions on child labor and the minimum wage.
The North Carolina Department of Labor allowed deadbeat employers to steal $1 million in wages from their employees last year. When those 617 workers turned to their Labor Commissioner, Cherie Berry, for help, she turned them away, closing their cases almost as soon as they had been opened, according to reporting by Mandy Locke at the News & Observer about our “Reluctant Regulator”.
About two dozen Raleigh workers, advocates, community members, and faith leaders gathered on International Workers Memorial Day to memorialize workers who died or suffered illness or injury on the job and to call on North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry to do a better job protecting the health and safety of workers.
The News & Observer has reported that nearly twice as many workers died on the job in North Carolina in 2014 compared to the year before, according to preliminary data released by the state Department of Labor this month. Is Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry up to doing her job?
NC State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan’s letter to the editor of Indy Week to detail the many reasons why Cherie Berry doesn’t deserve to be re-elected Labor Commissioner.
Cherie Berry is either clueless about the fact that minimum wage earners who work full-time, 40 hours a week, in one year earn only $15,080 – or she doesn’t care. Either way, Cherie Berry should not be North Carolina’s Commissioner of Labor.
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred and forty-thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people.