Skip to comments.Georgia ordered to reverse itself on some unemployment claims
Posted on 08/14/2012 1:15:21 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers, who this year were denied usual summertime unemployment checks, may get that money after all, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler instituted the benefits change on Jan. 30. He said it was unfair for contractual workers to receive seasonal benefits when public school system employees don't.
Washington officials determined last week that the Georgia Department of Labor violated workplace laws by refusing to pay the benefits. In an Aug. 2 letter obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the federal government ordered Butler to rescind the ruling and pay the teachers and contract workers for the weeks, or months, of lost unemployment benefits.
The payments potentially millions of dollars would come from businesses and/or taxpayers.
Butler met Monday in Atlanta with Teamsters Local 728 and other union and community leaders representing thousands of affected workers. He was granted a month's reprieve by the U.S. Labor Department to seek legal guidance from Georgia's attorney general.
.....Commissioner Butler, though, said public school teachers last year cried foul, as had private pre-kindergarten administrators whose unemployment insurance costs rise with each jobless claim. If a worker is approved for benefits, the pre-k provider is on the hook for additional unemployment insurance costs, which cut into slim profit margins.
"We were treating people employed directly by a public school system, or a university, differently than somebody who was contracted by a school system," Butler said in an interview Monday. "In cases where you have a great probability of returning to contracted work, then you're not eligible for unemployment."...
...Unions, Jobs With Justice and other groups representing seasonally laid-off workers will rally Tuesday morning outside the Labor Department's downtown Atlanta office.
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ahhh. “not fair” the bugaboo of America today.
Four more years of Obama’s Marxist rule, will make it all “fair.”
Living in this country under our present oppressors in power is exactly akin to living under the same roof as a dysfunctional alcoholic, drug addict, compulsive gambler, compulsive liar, spendaholic, hoarder, and abuser.
We need Christ, desperately. I pray that individually and collectively, we turn back to Him.
What they need to do is pay these people by the year.
Take the money they make for 9 months, and split it by 12 months and pay them all summer. That way they won’t be unemployed for 3 months a year.
It’s BS to pay these people unemployment for 3 months.Just spread out what they make over 12 months and call it a vacation.
There is always grass to cut, litter to pick up, etc.
Amen. These people have jobs they should not get unemployment.
Spread the payment for their jobs out for 12 months and the problem is solved, in fact your plan is good, put them to work at the schools.
Most school districts probably offer this. I know when my wife worked for our local district they did. She had the option of being paid during the school year, or year round. Of course it was the same amount of money either way.
This is just the schools way of shifting some of their cost to the unemployment rolls.