April 21, 2016
Time to begin restoring fairness to the system
In the second installment of our 3-part video series featuring General Counsel Mike Okun discussing issues that will be important to working people when state lawmakers return to Raleigh next week, Mike gives his take on North Carolina’s Unemployment Insurance system and one way the General Assembly could begin in 2016 to restore fairness for jobless workers after years of cuts.
“Unemployment benefits help workers stay out of poverty,” says Mike, “yet only 1 in 10 unemployed workers in North Carolina receives any benefits at all – the very lowest percentage in the nation.”
“The [UI] fund is now back to solvency, the temporary tax on employers is ending. Perhaps now is the time to restore some fairness to the system.”