Unemployed workers speak up on Monday

Are you one of the 37,000 jobless North Carolinians that had benefits stopped because of a fight over the state budget? Live near Charlotte and want to say something about it?

Well, you can on Monday.

The N.C. Justice Center, the parent organization for those of here at N.C. Policy Watch, and the N.C. AFL-CIO are organizing a rally late Monday morning in Charlotte to highlight the plight of the 37,000 North Carolinians that have been without their unemployment benefits since April 16.
Here’s some of the basic details:

WHO: Unemployed workers, AFL-CIO and NC Justice Center
WHAT: Press conference backing extension of unemployment benefits
WHEN: Monday, May 16, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: At a Charlotte, NC Employment Security Commission Office:
5601 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28212
People being affected are asked to show up, if they’re able, and have a chance to talk about their situation. More information about the rally/press conference available here.


  1. LS

    May 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I think it is despicable what Governor Purdue has done, or NOT done for choice of better words.The unemployed spend their (very little) paychecks on food, gas, and basic necessities– all of which filter back into NC’s economy–and keep other jobs going as well.Take into account less people buying clothes, food, etc equates to less employees needed at grocery stores, retail, etc. therefore, potentially creating more job losses.The mere fact that I voted for Purdue makes me even more angry.

    I understand that Washington’s attention right now is on Pakistan, and our defeat killing the ring leader of terrorism,however, I assume that the US families (that worked and paid into the UI system) are simply forgotten. Of course precedence should be given to keeping our country safe against terrorism, however, there is another component that must be met– providing a safe place for our own suffering Americans. The US Government is so eager to help other countries that need aid, and celebrities are quick to raise money for aid to those in other areas that are in need. I am curious as to where the loyalty is to our fellow people? How is possible that we are allowing this to happen? The Christian conservatives really need to take a hard look at their Bibles.” He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses” (NAS, Proverbs 28:27). “But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”(NAS, 1 John 3:17)

  2. gregflynn

    May 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    The GOP could release 37,000 hostages at any time but have chosen to bind them to massive cuts to services for 9 million people.

  3. Alida Hartley

    May 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I must agree . Where is the love for the unemployed working class from the so called Christian Republicans. This will surely shine alight on them. They hide behind the Bible when it is convenient to their agenda . Now is the time to be compassionate to your fellow American who are having it rough.When the needy really need them they can’t even step up and show any kind of sympathy! This is what people need to remember at election time and I think thay will.

  4. Don Elliott

    May 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    It’s a terrible shame how these 37,000 plus people have been treated! The Republicians are cold hearted to use the tactics they’re using. I also feel like the Governor hasn’t done enough by stalling and keeping all these thousands of people from getting their small benefits checks so they can feed themselves and thir families.
    It’s a prue disgrace!!!!

  5. JB

    May 15, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I wish I could be there, but live too far away and don’t have money for the gas to drive down there. Thanks to all of you who can be there to represent the rest of us who can’t! I will be there in heart to support you tomorrow!!!

  6. Greg Smith

    May 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Thankfully there are some people in NC that have the guts to stand up and tell our so called leaders what their actions are doing to the ones that entrusted them with their position in our capital. I honestly do not feel that our leaders are listening and they have lost sight of what their position is in Raleigh.

    The only hope North Carolinians has to somehow recall these people and replace them with someone else. Even if our benefits are reinstated, the people of North Carolina have lost a great amount of respect and trust in the leadership abilities of our leaders. In fact, with the radical moves our legislatures are making by allowing 37000 people to be treated like a bunch of stray dogs, massive job losses with the new budget it scares me to think just when is top going to blow and folks “take matters into their own hands.” Families starving, homeless, life savings wasted, parents losing their children, no funds for necessary toiletries, no money for medications. We are headed for change that do not think our leaders have pondered nor do they realize how great of a negative impact they are making on the ones that for so many years worked, led communities, and gave funds and time to others in dire circcumstances only to find themselves out in the cold without a ounce of help from the ones who should and can make the difference.

    It is not republicans nor is it democrats it is ego hungry leaders that cannot take a stand for what is right. Sadly our representatives and senators cannot stand on their own two feet and make a decision for what is best for the citizens that voted for them. They are following the leaders of their party like a bunch of school age children therefore fully demonstrating in their ability to lead in a productive way.

  7. Greg Smith

    May 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Thankfully Martin Nesbitt, Doug Berger, and the rest of the democrats are trying to do something while the rest of the entire state government in the House, Senate, and Executive Mansion sits by with their hands in their pockets. The bill that Senator Nesbitt created needs to be signed by 2/3 of the senators to get it to the floor to vote on it. It is a sad and tragic day that not one republican not one leader can stand up and say although our governor is behaving like a child and is playing bushel britches with the General Assembly I am going to take the lead for the better interest of folks in my district and see to it they get the assistance that they need. The sad thing is that this should be a bipartisan issue however the Republicans have decided to make it a partisan issue at the expense of the lives of the ones that voted for them.

  8. Jeffrey Griffin

    May 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Anyone blaming Perdue and not the GA just does not understand this is a stand alone issue and we are being used as pawns to tie her hands in order to advance the GOP agenda.All blame lies with the GOP.

  9. marcus

    May 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    when it become time to vote who will we for ? because the people who we have don’t care use i hope lord bless thank

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