Extended Unemployment Benefits Inform...

Extended Unemployment Benefits Information For New York State

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Lisa Simmons

Herkimer, NY

#1 May 11, 2009
Please let's remember the unemployed in our state and do the right thing by utilizing the available stimulus funds to support these programs. If we don't take action now the drain on NYS Social Service programs to keep these unfortunate people afloat will prove to be catastrophic in a time when we're already cutting everywhere within the state's budget.Please forward this to anyone you know to be a New York State resident. Thank you.

*UI Lobby Day!
*New York** Working Families Deserve Extended Benefits!*
** Tuesday, May 12th, Albany NY **
In this economy, Unemployment Insurance is more important than ever. Join us on Tuesday, May 12^th in Albany as we visit our elected leaders and let them know why a better UI system is good for working families, and good for New York!
Unemployment has been skyrocketing in New York - with nearly 766,000 workers out of a job, more families than ever are counting on UI to help them make it through this tough economy. Yet in New York, benefits are woefully low - working families can receive a maximum of only $405 per week - and too many workers are left out of the program altogether. And with our unemployment rate remaining at a staggering 7.8 percent for the last two months, thousands of workers are about to run out of their benefits without a further extension. So what can we do about it?.....
Legislation has been introduced both the Assembly and the Senate which would raise the maximum benefit and benefit levels for lower-wage workers, allow more workers to enter the program, and enable New York to receive an additional 13 weeks of federally-funded Extended Benefits. We need to let leaders in Albany know that this legislation in crucial to working families in New York, particularly as it becomes harder and harder to find a job! Join us on Tuesday, May 12 , as we visit our elected leaders in Albany and let them know we care about the UI safety net for working families in NY!
ACT NOW to contact your assembly member on UI reform:

Mail to:[email protected] if you are would like more information.

Click here < http://www.nelp.org/page/m2/6cf7070/7158bd4d/ ... ; for a UI Lobby Day flyer.
*Legislation Basics*
* Raises the maximum UI benefit incrementally over a number of
years, and provides for automatic adjustment with wages by 2013.
* Provides higher benefits for low-wage working families.
* Provides benefits for educational workers, workers who leave their
jobs due to domestic violence, and long-term unemployed workers
who are in job retraining.
* Makes New York's UI system more sustainable through better financing.
* Provides an additional 13 weeks of federally-funded Extended
Benefits for families who are exhausting all current benefits and
extensions available.
Relevant Bills: UI Reform: A8013/S4053, A8100/S2245; Extended Benefits: A8013, A8100, S4110

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