A roundup of recent news regarding unemployment pandemic programs:
At this point TWENTY-FIVE states led by Republican governors are ending their state's participation in federal pandemic unemployment programs early. This is stripping benefits from over 4 million Americans. Ending these programs will cost the states $22 billion, proving this is purely a political move based in cruelty, not a practical one. This weekend 8 states end their federal UI programs, affecting over 400,000 people. Republican governors are justifying their actions by saying there's a worker shortage, but as Sherry from NH says so well in this article, "there's not a worker shortage, there's a living wage jobs shortage."
Leading economists are accusing the White House of undermining their own economic policies by not standing up against these cruel measures. Biden and his team have stated that it "makes sense" for benefits to end September 6 and that the governors have a right to strip benefits early. An appalling showing from a President who claims to champion the working class.
3 US Congresspeople from Mississippi and Missouri (2 of the other states being stripped of benefits early) wrote a letter to Richard Neal, the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, urging him to take action to #FixUI. We need all Congresspeople to send letters like these to Rep Neal. Use our contact sheet to contact yours and ask them to urge Neal to support permanent UI reform immediately.
In positive news, the Partial UI coalition as well as advocates across NYS have secured a victory! Permanent fixes to NYS' partial UI rule were made. More here.