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  •   little story from Mass (12+ / 0-)

    My sister has worked her whole life. Good jobs. She was an early education teacher. She has recently been on unemployment for the 1st time.It gave her less than $100 a week after taxes. She has also in midlife been going to full time nursing school.  Last Friday she called the unemployment folks to check whether her extension had been approved. It took her FOUR hours on the phone to be told they had mailed a denial letter early in the month. My sister stated she had never recd the letter and asked why? They told her she didnt make enough money last year to qualify. That's because I was unemployed says my sister, but could you send a copy of the denial letter because with that I may be able to get more financial aid.  No, she was told, we cant send a copy because we already mailed it to you. But I didnt receive it? Well, we sent it and that's that. Can I speak to someone else. No. There is no one else here who can speak with you, and the decision is already made. Sister replies- I am not trying to argue the decision, I am trying to get a copy of the denial letter. No, as I said we already mailed it, therefore you must have it. Can I speak to a supervisor? NO. I dont have one. Can I have your name? She was given that. THEN says the woman on the phone, too bad you didnt apply for a full time student extension. A nursing program definitely qualifies. Says sister- I never heard of this program before, how can I reapply? Oh, says the woman, you cant. You must apply within 5 weeks of your initial unemployment application. But, says my sister, no one ever told me about this and I can prove I was a full time student back to that date. Can I appeal? NO.
    Today she has to physically go to an unemployment office and wait in line for hours to see if someone will just give her a copy of her denial letter.  My family is hardworking and we have always paid our taxes and contributed to society. I am disgusted with this whole episode and dont understand why she is being treated in this manner? Or how it is that someone without any compassion or common sense could be employed by the state while so many others are jobless.  

    •  You need to solicit the support of you state (3+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, kurt, SlackwareGrrl

      representative.  If they will not help...let the community know maybe we can bombard him/her with calls.  The 5 week deadline is pretty common across all states.  

    •  "But for the grace of God (0+ / 0-)

      I'd be you. But I'm not, so f*** off!"

      That attitude seems to show up a lot from Mass. state workers, but then I guess it comes from a lot of workers in low end, go nowhere, but secure jobs. When you know you can't get fired for anything short of blatant criminal activity because management doesn't want to fill out all the paperwork (and piss off the union, if there is one), but your job offers nothing beyond a paycheck. That's when you get a lot of that combined entitlement, officiousness, and complete lack of compassion. Thankfully not every person in that situation reacts that way to it though.

    •  Wow, the same thing happened to me! (3+ / 0-)
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      barbwires, kurt, Lopez99

      They didn't tell me about that program until after my benefits were about to expire. Then the Unemployment people said oh, you should have applied for Training Benefits to go to school and keep drawing unemployment checks. Great, sign me up. Oh, no -- you had to apply for that when you first started getting unemployment.

      But how was I supposed to know that at the end of my eligibility period I would still be unemployed and in need of benefits?

      Shrug.

      No answer. I just should have known somehow.

      This circus of hoops we must jump through to get basic subsistence benefits is ludicrous, and if anyone of any importance had to go through such a bullshit process, it would be changed immediately. As it is, we are powerless to change things.

      "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

      by Brooke In Seattle on Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 10:05:50 PM PDT

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    •  Tell her to appeal anyway.... (1+ / 0-)
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      barbwires

      If anything, she'll get another denial and maybe even receive it this time.  

      To add insult to injury, they are still taxing unemployment income.   Talk about a tax that should never have been....

      "YES WE CAN" doesn't mean he is going to. ~~Daily Show

      by dkmich on Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 02:33:41 AM PDT

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