Civil Rights advocates sad with state labor commissioner’s refusal so as to add COVID to employer laws

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) – North Carolina labor and civil rights activists are unhappy with the outgoing state labor commissioner’s refusal to impose more COVID-19 regulations on employers. Representatives of groups who had petitioned Commissioner Cherie Berry unsuccessfully planned a press conference for Thursday.

They say more rules are needed to improve the unsafe conditions for workers in manufacturing and food processing plants.

Berry wrote last month that educating employers and employees on how to control the spread of the virus is a better solution than enacting criminal law.

She also said that case statistics show that the virus threat is everywhere and is not necessarily an “occupational hazard”.

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