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State House Republicans Abandon Unemployed North Carolinians

Jeremy Sprinkle
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For Immediate Release

State House Republicans Abandon Unemployed North Carolinians

Statement by NC State AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan

"We are deeply disappointed that, despite bipartisan support in the state senate, Republicans in the state house refused to accept even small changes in our Unemployment Insurance system that would help the record number of North Carolinians who are out of work during this pandemic. The Senate proposal would have raised the maximum weekly benefit amount from $350 to $400 and temporarily changed the way the state calculates benefits. Our current eligibility formula is the harshest in the country and reduces the amount of assistance available to the jobless. Shame on House Republicans for turning their backs on workers at a time when they need help the most."

Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, [email protected] / 336-255-2711


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, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people. PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.