Greensboro, NC-Some unemployed North Carolinians are not happy about losing jobless benefits on Thursday. They let North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory know it, loudly.
They held a small rally outside a private dinner McCrory was attending in Greensboro.
Several unemployed North Carolina residents were outside the Grandover Resort telling their hardship story. Philip Diehl traveled from Mocksville to tell people about his struggle.
Diehl told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that he and 334 other people lost their jobs at the Freightliner plant in Cleveland, NC back in April.
He's been collecting unemployment benefits that include insurance. Under his union contract, he'll lose the coverage and be forced the pay $2,000 a month for COBRA benefits on October 1st. He also won't be eligible for federal benefits. Diehl is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2011. However, with cancerous activity showing up on his most recent scans, his situation has become increasingly worrisome.
In an e-mail about the news conference sent to WFMY News 2 from Action NC, it said:
Unemployed workers, hardworking taxpayers, and advocates for the middle class will hold a press conference on Thursday evening to spotlight the glaring hypocrisy of North Carolina's Governor dining with well-heeled donors while 70,000 jobless North Carolina residents are about to lose federal benefits, thanks to a new law signed by Pat McCrory.
News 2 has learned that the dinner is hosted by Renew NC Foundation, an independent fundraising organization.
Ryan Tronovitch, the Deputy Communications Director with the Governor's office provided this statement:
These are well funded liberal groups, which are part of Blueprint North Carolina, whose stated major goal is to 'eviscerate' Governor Pat McCrory and the leadership in North Carolina. The governor is looking forward to returning to his childhood hometown tomorrow in Jamestown to talk about jobs and economic development during his Main Street Tour.
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