Union groups join NC NAACP at Labor Day event

September 2, 2013 3:26:45 PM PDT
Critics of the Republican-led North Carolina legislature used the Labor Day holiday Monday to slam lawmakers.

North Carolina NAACP President William Barber was joined at a news conference by representatives of the state AFL-CIO and Farm Labor Organizing Committee. They railed against laws passed this session which prevent hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians from receiving emergency federal unemployment benefits or the state's earned income tax credit.

GOP lawmakers defended the move months ago - arguing the state already owed $2 billion to the federal government to cover the emergency benefits. They said by cutting the payments, the state could repay the debt faster.

On the national holiday celebrating the American worker, the group called the move "anti-worker legislation".

"And so we are in a race to the bottom, with legislative leaders pushing policies to make North Carolina the state with the cheapest, most complacent, workers," offered Mary-Be McMillan with the NC AFL-CIO.

With lawmakers set to return to Raleigh Tuesday for a special session to deal with two vetoes from Governor Pat McCrory, critics are setting the stage for another face-off over the controversial legislation that passed the general assembly this session.They plan to deliver report cards to all 170 legislators.

More than 900 people have been arrested inside the Legislative Building over three months earlier this year in civil disobedience during "Moral Monday" protests.

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