September 27, 2021
Advisory for September 28, 2021
Workplace Safety at Issue in Upcoming Town Hall with North Carolina Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson
Online only, Sept. 28th from 6:30-8pm, via Zoom and Facebook Live
[RALEIGH] Join the NC State AFL-CIO for a North Carolina Worker Safety Town Hall on Tuesday, September 28th from 6:30 to 8pm. During the online event, workers will share their stories and testify about workplace safety issues in their respective industries and advocate for better enforcement priorities, as North Carolina ranks as the worst state for workers (Oxfam, 2021), to newly elected NC Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson, who will be in attendance to hear their concerns. The town hall will be hosted virtually on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook.
“Over the past 18 months, nurses and other health care workers have been exposed to and infected with Covid-19 because employers like HCA’s Mission Hospital in Asheville have failed to protect us,” says Hannah Drummond, an Emergency Room RN and member of National Nurses United at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
“Since COVID began, we’ve watched companies cut corners with safety and risk workers’ lives. I’ve had to go on strike with my coworkers three times in the last year, because we’ve had COVID outbreaks in our store and our employer has done very little to protect us. We’ve filed safety complaints with the state, but nothing has been done,” said Jamila Allen, a Durham fast food worker at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.
What: NC Workers Safety Town Hall with NC Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson
When: Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 from 6:30 to 8pm
Who: North Carolina workers; NC Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson; National Domestic Workers Alliance, We Dream in Black; UE 150 Public Service Workers Union, Black Workers for Justice; Western NC Workers Center; National Nurses United; Amalgamated Transit Union; United Steelworkers; Ironworkers; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; NC State AFL-CIO; NC Raise Up / Fight for $15 and a Union; NC Justice Center
Why: North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson will be present to listen to worker testimony during this Worker Safety Town Hall. Workers from a number of industries across North Carolina will testify to Commissioner Dobson about the conditions in their workplaces, challenges with common violations, the specific pressures of work in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and how NCDOL can improve the lives and safety of all working class North Carolinians.
Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, 336-255-2711 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Sánchez-Guerra, Aaron. “Oxfam ranks North Carolina worst state in the U.S. for wages and worker protections,” News & Observer, September 26, 2021. (Accessed 9/27/2021) https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article253918398.html
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of unions of working people in North Carolina, representing over a hundred thousand members, working together for good jobs, safe workplaces, worker’s rights, consumer protections and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people. P.O. Box 10805, Raleigh, NC, 27605