Service to Recognize North Carolina Workers Killed on the Job

RALEIGH (April 27, 2021) — On Wednesday, April 28th, North Carolina workers will be joined by faith, community, and labor leaders for a virtual Workers’ Memorial Day service honoring those who have died or suffered illnesses or injuries while on the job. Workers and leaders will share personal experiences and call for stronger worker protections in North Carolina and across the country.

Speakers will include Reverend Jennifer Copeland of the NC Council of Churches, Rabbi Salem Pearce with the Carolina Jews for Justice, and NC State AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan among others.

During the event, which also will mark the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, speakers will call on Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would strengthen workers’ freedom to organize a union and collectively negotiate for safer working conditions.

Rev. Jennifer Copeland, President, NC Council of Churches
Rabbi Salem Pearce, Executive Director, Carolina Jews for Justice
A fast-food worker and member leader with NC Raise Up / Fight for $15 & a Union
Sofia, a poultry worker with Western NC Workers Center
MaryBe McMillan, President, NC State AFL-CIO

WHEN: April 28th, 10:00 AM

WHERE: Online via Zoom

RSVP (required):

NOTE: The service will be conducted with live language interpretation in both English and Spanish. To access language interpretation audio channels, participants must connect their audio using a computer (not by phone) and the Zoom app via smartphone, PC, or Mac. Download the latest version of Zoom at


The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of unions of working people in North Carolina, representing over a hundred thousand members, working together for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people. PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, (336) 255-2711,