For Immediate Release: September 20, 2018
Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, 336-255-2711, [email protected]
North Carolina AFL-CIO Holds 61st Annual Convention
Unions of working people from across North Carolina are meeting in Raleigh today and tomorrow to collect supplies and raise money for Hurricane Florence relief
Raleigh, NC – Today and tomorrow the North Carolina AFL-CIO will hold their 61st Annual Convention in Raleigh. Labor leaders from across the state are gathering to discuss ways to build a stronger, more engaged labor movement in North Carolina and chart the path to victory for labor endorsed candidates.
In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina AFL-CIO is collecting supplies and raising money at the convention to support working people in the state who have been affected by the storm. This week, they launched the North Carolina Workers Relief Fund to help working families in need.
Featured speakers will include SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, Attorney General Josh Stein, and many labor-endorsed candidates, including North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Anita Earls. The labor movement stands behind Anita Earls as an endorsed candidate because of her tireless work to protect civil rights and voting rights for working people.
Each year, the North Carolina AFL-CIO presents the PR Latta Award for outstanding service to the labor movement. The award is named for named for PR Latta, a longtime labor leader with the Communications Workers of America who passed away in 2014 at the age of 95. This year’s award will be presented to Ray Curry, a leader in the North Carolina labor movement who was recently elected Secretary Treasurer of the United Auto Workers.
“Ray’s first priority is making sure working people have a voice and get fair treatment on the job. I know that no matter where Ray is or how high he rises, he will never forget his roots and the working people of North Carolina. Ray sets an example for all of us through his selfless leadership and tireless dedication to workers in North Carolina and beyond,” said MaryBe McMillian, President of the North Carolina AFL-CIO.