Tennessee jobless benefits rank among...

Tennessee jobless benefits rank among lowest in nation

There are 2 comments on the The Tennessean story from May 5, 2013, titled Tennessee jobless benefits rank among lowest in nation. In it, The Tennessean reports that:

If you're unemployed in Tennessee, you are less likely than most jobless in other states to get a benefit check.

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Denver, CO

#1 May 5, 2013

However the unemployment checks in Tennessee were pathetically low. A little over a grand per month and that was the MAXIMUM. My mortgage took up all of my checks and I had no food in my home and could not pay my utilities and pretty soon my savings ran out. So I filed for Food Stamps. Yet I was told I was $5.00 over the allowed amount for income and denied. When I asked the lady at the Food stamp office what was I suppose to do for food she looked at me and said "Call a Food Bank". I was LIVID. I had paid into the food stamp system ALL OF MY ADULT LIFE and when I needed it I was told NOPE. Can't help you. I called a Food Bank and was told all I would get was a can of tuna, one loaf of bread, one box of pasta and some crackers. FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH!!!!
Unlike Texas that has Texas Light'em up for unemployed and those on food stamps there was no utility help of any kind. Tennessee is a STINGY, STINGY, STINGY state. Wow.
This should be a lesson to all to never trust companies to do the right thing when it is in their financial benefit to do the opposite. I have seen many companies that don't think twice about undercutting their own employees and managers either. But in Tennessee they have some of the worst.
Here in Texas I know a few companies who would do layoffs but say they were all terminations and hire law firms to fight each claim but the Unemployment office here when they see how many people are suddenly claiming against one company pays the claims anyway. Tennessee could care less. They would side with the employer.
Tennessee is a bad state to be poor. Absolutely. It's an even WORSE state to be up against a company.

Denver, CO

#2 May 5, 2013

I now live in Texas and I love it. Yes we have extremist right wing politicians but they don't seem to have the same disdain and hatred for the poor like the republicans in Nashville. I don't know why those guys hate the poor?

I am so happy someone finally pointed out how pathetically low the Tennessee Unemployment Benefits are. It is truly pathetic. I am currently unemployed and I get $426 per week which totals $1,700 per month. It was a piece of cake to get the benefits approved. I was also approved for $200 dollars assistance in Food Stamps and a large discount on my electricity bill since I draw foodstamps.

In Tennessee it was much more difficult. The benefits were close to nothing and the claimants there are faced with a system and many politicians who are against them. The Republicans in Nashville actually would stop the unemployment system if they could. This is morally wrong.

I worked for Direct Auto insurance located at 2813 Business Park Drive in Memphis in 2006. This was during a time of a lot of storms out of Texas and I worked in the Texas Division. At the same time our claims totals had more than tripled we had lost half our staff. The company didn't want to pay Overtime and sent down some Nashville Brass to Memphis to LIE to all of us, show us TRUMPED UP numbers and tell us the claims had actually gone down when they hadn't.

My manager who was from Atlanta suddenly decided she would resign her position and the day before she left she wanted to know what the guys from Nashville had said. I told her. She couldn't believe it. She pulled up a screen and showed me where our claims totals had more than Tripled!!! Those guys from Nashville had LIED.

And to beat it all they had given all of us the passcodes to the buildings and then threatened us that we should be able to meet quota and required us to come in on our days off and work OFF THE CLOCK. Unbelievable. And yes many people did it including myself because the Memphis employment rate and job market was terrible.

Then the company suddenly decided it wanted to move its offices to Texas and that they would FIRE everyone. Not lay off but TERMINATE making sure we wouldn't file claims against them. In two weeks the had FIRED over 70% of their staff for various reasons. They fired everyone so quickly they had left the reason blank on the form and the unemployment office didn't know what to think and paid the claims anyway until Nashville started appealing each and everyone of them.

I had the sense enough to get a letter of recommendation from my manager before she left and it held a lot of weight because her actual job title was Director. Before she left she told me to make sure they gave me my raise which was a year overdue. they never did. Many of us never received our promised raises. I sent all the paperwork off to Nashville so the hearing officer would have it when he called me. Then the day came for my hearing and the HR Lady out of the Corporate office in Nashville LIED, LIED, LIED just like the guys who came down to Memphis.

But I was prepared and during the appeal I finally mentioned how we were being threatened to work OFF THE CLOCK and had actually worked OFF THE CLOCK and how the company had suddenly fired over 70% of their staff and he abruptly ended the call and approved my appeal. The company never fought it again.

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