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U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Addresses Economic Re-opening And Workplace Safety During Visit to North Carolina

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to North Carolina with Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-05), the Republican Leader of the House Education and Labor Committee, to highlight the nation’s continued economic recovery from the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary Scalia first visited U.S. Cotton in Belmont, where he met with workers and company leadership to discuss workplace safety, economic re-opening and the recent entry into force of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Secretary Scalia and Rep. Foxx then traveled to Winston-Salem to participate in a roundtable hosted at Inmar Intelligence with local business leaders. Finally, the Secretary and Rep. Foxx visited Kernersville, where they met with frontline grocery store workers at Lowes Foods.

“The resilience of the American worker is on display here in North Carolina,” said Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “President Trump positioned us for a strong economic bounce back in North Carolina and across the country thanks in part to his negotiation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is expected to create as many as 500,000 or more jobs. I thank Ranking Member Foxx for joining me today and for her invaluable leadership on the House Education and Labor Committee.”

Rep. Foxx remarked, “COVID-19 has impacted North Carolina on many fronts, but the resiliency of our frontline workers and businesses continues to propel our state in the right direction. Today’s events came together in record time, and it’s a clear reflection of Secretary Scalia’s commitment to witnessing North Carolina’s economy and progress on a firsthand basis. I look forward to working alongside him, and the business leaders of the Fifth District, as we continue to get North Carolinians back to work and strengthen our state’s robust economy.”

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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July 17, 2020
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