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.
April 16, 2020
COVID-19 Update on Unemployment Insurance
President MaryBe McMillan talks to Trisha Pande, our counsel with Patterson Harkavy, LLP, about unemployment benefits available to NC workers during the pandemic.
June 17, 2017
Call for Fixes to NC Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Today the trust fund that pays unemployment benefits has over $3 BILLION in assets – more than enough cushion to warrant changing the law by reversing the takeaways of 2013 and giving working people who fall on hard times a fair shake.
December 2, 2016
Video shows struggle of being jobless in North Carolina
A new video produced by the NC Justice Center shows working people in North Carolina struggling to survive joblessness until they can find work thanks to an unemployment insurance system crippled by changes made in 2013
November 4, 2016
Republican UAW Member in Davie County: Time to Move Pat Out
Describing himself as someone who always voted Republican, laid-off UAW member Jon Greene of Mocksville told the Salisbury Post that Gov. McCrory’s unemployment changes and “shady politics have completely changed the way I vote.”
April 21, 2016
Mike’s Take on the NCGA: Unemployment Insurance
In the second installment of our video series on issues that’ll be important to working people when the NCGA reconvenes, our general counsel offers one way it could begin to restore fairness after years of unemployment benefit cuts.
August 28, 2015
Christensen: Legislature making life harder for jobless in NC
Instead of reversing any of their cruel cuts to jobless benefits made back in 2013 – cuts that now provide workers laid off through no fault of their own with just 12 weeks of coverage, down from 26, and pay at best just $350/week – the folks running our state plan to make it harder for workers to get any assistance while giving employer another tax cut.
Wealthy, powerful legislative leaders and Gov. McCrory celebrated forcing jobless workers to pay off the debt North Carolina owed to the feds since the Great Recession – and years of tax cuts for employers during better times – left our unemployment trust fund without enough money to pay unemployment insurance claims.
January 10, 2014
The Daily Show explains: Slumdogs vs. Millionaires
The Daily Show’s takedown Thursday night of Fox News’ crusade against unemployment benefits is not-to-be-missed.
November 13, 2013
Rowan Co. moves forward together at Moral Monday (11/18)
The next iteration of Moral Monday is going down in Rowan County on November 18th with support from union members in who live and work in the Piedmont.
October 25, 2013
Know your rights about Unemployment Insurance
Download the two-page guide to know your rights about unemployment insurance in North Carolina
Tell newspaper readers in your area that state leaders can still save jobless workers a world of hurt!
June 8, 2013
Political spin and 3 weeks to the Unemployment Cliff
Time is running out for Gov. McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis, and Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger to act and keep North Carolina from plunging over the Unemployment Cliff.
Federally-paid extended unemployment compensation will end on July 1 because of changes made to North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system by state lawmakers earlier this year.
February 8, 2013
No one at NC Chamber is asking, “Are we going too far?”
Time is running out for the five individuals who head the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce to ask if they’ve gone too far in pushing devastating cuts to unemployment benefits, said Kevin Rogers of Action NC in a recent op-ed published by the News & Observer.