Archive for Monday, December 7, 2009

Labor leaders fear that unemployed could soon lose benefits

December 7, 2009


Millions of unemployed Americans, including thousands in Kansas, could lose jobless benefits if Congress doesn’t act soon, state labor officials and workers’ advocates said Monday.

“There really is no time to wait,” said Kansas Secretary of Labor Jim Garner. “The welfare of our states, and of millions of families, is at risk.”

The national unemployment rate stands at 10 percent, and the Kansas rate is 6.4 percent.

Advocates urged Congress to renew the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s unemployment provisions, many of which are set to expire this month.

Garner called for extension of emergency unemployment compensation, which has already paid out $225 million in jobless benefits in Kansas.

He and others also called for continuance of a federal subsidy for health care benefits for the unemployed. The government subsidy reduces the cost of COBRA coverage for an average unemployed worker by about $720 per month. And they urged continuance of a $25 per week addition to benefits.

“Unfortunately, the job market is not seeing the same signs of recovery that have been evident for the remainder of the economy,” Garner said.

“Until we begin to see improvement in the labor market, keeping these critical benefits available to the millions of people without work due to this recession will be imperative,” he said.

Congress is set to adjourn Dec. 18 barring a decision to extend the session.


dumbjayhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

I recently quit my private sector job because I worked at a place that is not carbon neutral. The only private sector jobs I can find are not carbon neutral. I gave away my cars and appliances too. Even my hybrid car generated carbon dioxide. I sent my pets to Ukraine and China. I used a solar powered ship my friend loaned me so I could get them to Ivan and Chung Ho safely. Thankfully they are "progressive". I don't believe in wearing manufactured clothing anymore. I walked 200 miles barefoot and naked to get to the port where the solar ship was docked. The reason I walked in the nude was to clean up the air and protest the use of machines and metal sowing needles used to make our clothes. I passed a lot of gas though. That was not very carbon neutral of me. I had to get rid of 4 dogs, 3 cats and a bird because they were exhaling carbon dioxide and pooping everywhere. I quit buying clothes because they all come from manufacturers that use electricity and machines in China, a nation that does not abide by EPA standards. President Obama responded to an email that I sent him and said he would do everything he could to steal your money so I could have everything that I owned replaced with carbon neutral alternatives. Now I won’t starve to death and can get the health care I need for free. I walk 8 miles each way to get organic vegetables. They cost a lot but it is ok since I am getting stimulus money for reporting my neighbors to the Czars for their non-compliance (not being "green"). Thank goodness for government jobs.
I want to get a bike but Mr. Gore informed me that steel mills and other metal works facilities (the few we have left here) are so far from carbon neutral that he is doing everything he can to get the IRS to collect more taxes from them. He told me the 111th congress, EPA, UN, and the Russian and Chinese governments are going to help him with this. He is such a good man. He told me I should quit smoking anything it is that I might be smoking until they can tax it. I had already quit anyway because I was putting rediculous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every time I lit up and puffed. I tried using ice cubes in my bong but that did not help according to Mr. Gore. I need to go now Mr. Gore is here. I am so excited. He is going to teach me how to fly in a jet everywhere that I need to travel to and still be carbon neutral. This is very important to me because poor President Obama is being mistreated in Copenhagen. I am going to fly up there to "do my part" to stop global warming. I am putting my snow boots on now. I know it is not very “green” of me but my toes will get to cold in the snow. Darwin bless you all.


treyjay 4 years, 4 months ago

"more money then most of these crap jobs pay…"

Get used to it my people. Thanks to the massive amount of job exports and the massive amount of illegal immigration driving down wages, crap-pay jobs is about as good as it will get for most people from now on.

Anyone got any popcorn?


yankeevet 4 years, 4 months ago

Unemployment compensation is more money then most of these crap jobs pay..........


timetospeakup 4 years, 4 months ago

Longer unemployment benefits lead to longer periods of unemployment, period.

I don't know how many people I know that didn't get serious about finding a job until unemployment ran out.


slaboribs 4 years, 4 months ago

Why would the unemployed want the lower paying jobs Obama says he'll create? Right now, the eligible unemployed get 100% certain check and 65% of their COBRA paid for. House and Senate extension of these benefits bills seem endless. One covers benefits through March of 2011. So, why work now even though there are jobs to be had that many folks are just plain unwilling to vie for and accept? There needs to be a definite point of cut-off of benefits to motivate the unemployed to get out there and pound the pavement. A sense of urgency has a way of spawning innovation.


Healthcare_Moocher 4 years, 4 months ago

Looks like they can take jobs they dont want to take like at fast food places. I have empathy for these people, but come on, living on the taxpayer for over a year. Unemployment shoud be a decreasing amount over the term. There are plenty of jobs out there, just not one they want. I have taken jobs like this out of pride in the past.


TomJoad1 4 years, 4 months ago

Why does Labor care about the unemployed? Don’t they represent labor, or at least they used to now they represent every lazy American who wants money for nothing.


troybreiland 4 years, 4 months ago

Those who lost their jobs prior to the September 1, 2008 eligibility cut-off date never received any assistance with their COBRA premiums. Many if not most of those same people are not even eligible for COBRA now because their 18 months of coverage has expired. Even those who were lucky enough to receive the subsidy in the first place are starting to loose their coverage and are joining the estimated 50 million uninsured.

According to a Harvard study, uninsured adults are 80% more likely to die from a traumatic injury than those who have insurance. Currently their are two bills working their way through congress that may offer some relief. For more information on these bills and other options to COBRA, please see our website at


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