Gov. puts rush on unemployment benefits for ConAgra workers
Gov. Bev Perdue signed an executive order Tuesday to hasten unemployment benefits for the hundreds of people laid off by ConAgra Foods.Posted — Updated
The company cut jobs in earlier this month, citing the lost production at its Garner plant that resulted from a fatal explosion there in June.
The June 9 explosion at the facility caused part of the building's roof to collapse, killing three workers and sending dozens of others to the hospital. A fourth person, contractor Curtis Ray Poppe died last Thursday of injuries suffered in the blast.
Perdue's move means those laid off will not have the standard one-week wait before they can begin collecting unemployment benefits.
State law permits the governor to waive the “waiting week” for the victims of a major industrial disaster.
“Already in the midst of tough economic times, the ConAgra disaster was a major blow to hundreds of North Carolina families,” Perdue said in a statement released Tuesday. “Speeding up unemployment benefits will help these families get back on their feet faster.”