Valerie Johnson taught Workers’ Comp 101 to more than 70 union presidents, stewards and members in Wilmington at UNC-W on July 24. The North Carolina AFL-CIO’s yearly Labor School covers a variety of subjects important to working people. Students learned the nuts and bolts: how and when to report injuries, the meaning of “injury by accident” in North Carolina, and occupational diseases, as well as many other topics. Valerie answered many questions about workplace safety, medical treatment, and filing a claim and going to hearing when issues arise.
Valerie has been teaching at Labor School for over 10 years. “It is a wonderful opportunity to talk to people who understand that benefits can mean the difference between healing and suffering, between working and being unable to work, and between putting food on the table and losing everything,” said Valerie.