Cherie Berry

Chuck Liddy / News and Observer

It is the responsibility of the N.C. Department of Labor to protect the rights of workers.

But a new report from the News & Observer finds that state investigators for the department did not collect $1 million in wages that were owed to 617 workers in 2014.

Gurnal Scott

Friends of workers who died on the job honored their memory in Raleigh.   An observance of what they're calling Workers' Memorial Day included people reciting the names of employees killed on the job in North Carolina. 

On November 6th, North Carolina voters will elect a new governor. They'll also make selections for Council of State offices. 

The labor commissioner enforces workplace safety and other employment laws, and inspects equipment including elevators. Republican Cherie Berry is running for a fourth term in the office.

Cherie Berry: "We have the luxury this year of comparing records of commissioners of labor."

That's because her opponent, Democrat John C. Brooks, previously held the post for four terms.