I would like to thank Governor Purdue for speaking about this important issue for women in North Carolina. I have been a temporary employee at the North Carolina Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for eight months, and the employment conditions as a temporary employee come along with serious financial and health drawbacks including: no paid sick time, no health benefits, a one-month unpaid "furlough" each year, and no retirement benefits. The Office of State Personnel's temp agency, Temporary Solutions, says that it "assists agencies in filling their workforce needs due to illnesses, vacations, peak production levels, transition periods, and other instances when workloads demand more staff. Job assignments range from a few hours to several months..." But it is commonly known here that the NC Department of Health and Human Services relies heavily on the work of numerous temps to get the day-to-day work of the state done. Some have been here for ten years. I work on a grant that runs for two years, yet have been hired as a temp. While I love my job and the work that I get to do, the employment conditions make my life so financially unstable that I feel compelled to search for more secure employment. It also frustrates me to work alongside permanent employees who receive copious benefits, including paid time off, health coverage, and retirement. I wish the state of North Carolina would consider the wellness of its whole workforce, and not just those in permanent positions.
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