Labor Commissioner-Not Running

A photo of state Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry is displayed on an elevator inspection certificate in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Berry, who was sworn in as North Carolina's first female labor commissioner in January 2001, announced Tuesday that she would not seek re-election when her term ends next year. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina worker and civil rights advocates are unhappy with the outgoing state labor commissioner’s refusal to put more COVID-19 regulations upon employers.

Representatives of groups that petitioned Commissioner Cherie Berry unsuccessfully planned a news conference for Thursday.

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

Berry wrote last month that continuing to educate employers and workers about controlling the virus’ spread is a better solution than issuing punitive regulations.

She also said case statistics indicate the virus threat is everywhere and not necessarily a “occupational hazard.”

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