Press Releases

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson released the following statement regarding the state budget bill:

“I commend the entire North Carolina General Assembly, along with House and Senate leadership, for their tireless efforts during the short session to present a proposed budget that works to help our great state and all North Carolinians.

Biogen RTP Bio was recognized for their outstanding safety record by being recertified for a second time as a Carolina Star Site at the Research Triangle Park (RTP) facility on Thursday, May 26. Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson provided keynote remarks and commended Biogen for its continued commitment to workplace health and safety.  

Cintas Corp.’s Fire Protection Division Location F99 in Durham was recognized as a Carolina Star site during a ceremony on Thursday, June 9. Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson provided keynote remarks and presented the Carolina Star award and flag to company leadership.

LANXESS Corp.’s High Performance Materials (HPM) facility in Gastonia was recognized for their outstanding safety record by earning initial certification as a Carolina Star Site on Wednesday, June 1. Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson provided keynote remarks and congratulated LANXESS on receiving its first Carolina Star certification.

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson visited Syngenta North America Crop Protection in Greensboro on Tuesday, May 17, to present employees and management with a 21 Million-Hour award. Million-Hour safety awards are given to businesses which accumulate one million employee hours with no injuries or illnesses involving days away from work.

Mitchell County native James “Beau” Thomas was named the new chief of the labor department’s Mine and Quarry Bureau in an announcement made by Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson during a staff meeting on Tuesday, May 10. Thomas succeeds previous bureau chief William Gerringer, who retired at the end of April.

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the second annual Alumni Awards Ceremony held on Monday, May 9, at the McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC) Crane Resistoflex Auditorium.

Commissioner Dobson emphasized the lasting impact MTCC had on his career. The educational opportunities offered by the North Carolina Community College System are an integral part of his continued success as a public official. 

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson will convene a meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Advisory Council on Thursday, May 12. The meeting—slated to begin at 10 a.m.—will be held in-person and virtually from the NCDOL Lake Boone Trail Office in Raleigh.

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson and MaryBe McMillan, President, North Carolina State AFL-CIO released the following statement regarding Workers’ Memorial Day 2022:

The N.C. Department of Labor and Jacobs (NYSE:J), a leading professional services firm, marked the beginning of a safety partnership agreement. The partnership was signed on Monday, April 11 at the Holly Springs, N.C. construction site for FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies new state-of-the-art large-scale cell-culture facility scheduled to open in 2025.