NC State AFL-CIO, PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605

Press Advisory for August 16, 2011

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

WORKERS BEAR WITNESS TO INJUSTICE AT THOM TILLIS TOWN HALL

AFL-CIO and progressive allies will greet Speaker Tilllis in protest outside the Cornelius Town Hall at 6pm Tuesday, August 16

Cornelius, N.C. – Before North Carolina voters get the chance to hold politicians accountable in the next election, concerned citizens in the Southern Piedmont will have an opportunity to take Thom Tillis to task for his disastrous speakership of the State House at a legislative town hall here on Tuesday, August 16.  Advocates for workers and others will be there to bear witness to Thom Tillis’ divisive, ideologically driven legislative agenda – one that has exacted sacrifice upon sacrifice from working families while rewarding his staff with 27 percent pay increases and his corporate campaign contributors with new tax loopholes and exemptions from environmental protections.  In fact, Thom Tillis recently took home top honors at a meeting of the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council for his efforts to pass laws written by corporate lobbyists.

Earlier this year, over 37,000 jobless workers went months without unemployment benefits because Thom Tillis hijacked federal funds for political gamesmanship with the Governor.  While North Carolina’s economy struggles with almost ten percent unemployment, thousands more state and local workers, many of them educators, are joining the unemployment line thanks to Thom Tillis’ austerity budget.  Speaker Tillis has yet to find time on his legislative calendar even to consider a jobs bill, opting instead to fight partisan battles over women’s health care and Voter ID.

What:     Protest outside Thom Tillis town hall

When:     Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Where:    Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. Cornelius, NC

Why:      Speaker Thom Tillis needs to know his legislative assault on workers, women, public education, and the environment is not going unnoticed

Who:      NC State AFL-CIO and progressive allies

For more information, call Jeremy Sprinkle at 336-255-2711.

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