Stop North Carolina's Attack On It's Unemployed Workers
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North Carolina State Senate
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Stop North Carolina's Attack On It's Unemployed Workers

    1. Dee Hill
    2. Petition by

      Dee Hill

      Charlotte, NC

We respectfully request your help in submitting a petition to stop North Carolina’s attack on its unemployed workers.

Unemployed North Carolina workers are facing an unprecedented and immediate attack. NC State legislators are moving to fast-track a bill that would drastically slash all state unemployment benefits, cut the available weeks of benefits, and completely shut off federally-paid extended benefits for those struggling to find work for longer than six months.

North Carolina has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the economic downturn and currently has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the nation at 9.2%, the last thing the State legislators should do is cut much needed unemployment benefits.

The drastic cuts to benefits for laid off workers will be permanent and make North Carolina’s unemployment system one of the worst in the country for employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

The plan being pushed in the legislature would:

· Cut the maximum benefit amount by 1/3 to $350 per week: No state has ever made such a severe cut.

· Cut all benefits by changing to a formula no other state uses.

· Cut the maximum weeks of benefits from 26 weeks to a sliding scale of 12-20 weeks. Only two other states (Florida and Georgia) do this.

· Cut benefits for workers who lose their job because of health reasons or family reasons.

· Cut off federally-funded extended benefits completely to 80,000 North Carolinians as of July 1, 2013. NO STATE HAS EVER DONE THIS.

 

The unemployment system was created to support workers who lose their jobs at no fault of their own, allowing them to support their families. By supporting all North Carolina workers, and those looking for work, the whole state benefits.

We must ensure – for the sake of our economy – that unemployment benefits remain available for these working families.

Tell North Carolina legislators to keep unemployment benefits strong!

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    1. Decision-maker Deb McManus responds:

      Deb McManus

      I agree with you and I both spoke against and voted against the bill to reduce unemployment benefits. It as a terrible bill for our citizens and for the state of North Carolina. The federal money that we turned down would helped the man...


    2. Reached 4,000 signatures

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    • Timothy Bivens FAIRFIELD, CT
      • 9 months ago

      Because, It's just the right thing to do for the less fortunate. The job market has been take over by politics.

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    • michael penland FAIRVIEW, NC
      • 10 months ago

      I'm 62 years old and can not find a job i have depleted my savings,forced to file for s.s. in order to save my home.I have worked for 45 years to be kicked aside like i don't exist.It is a sin what Gov.Pat Mcgreedy of N.C.has done to the people of this state.

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    • Gaye Spivey REIDSVILLE, NC
      • 11 months ago

      Because I am a single mom and a veteran and Pat McCrory needs to be voted out of office even though I voted for him...those unemployment benefits were paying my bills now what am I supposed to do...had to file bankruptcy..

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    • Randy Scott LEHIGH ACRES, FL
      • 12 months ago

      In 2004 Deloitte Consultants LLC taught companies in North Carolina how to set up sham accounts to avoid UI taxes. The NC caught them subpoenaed them and now Deloitte has hurt Florida, California, Massachusetts and it appears by a parties design. I support you and you petition knowing how it is all related http://florida.randyscott.us

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    • Jualena Younger KERNERSVILLE, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      It is important that our current governor understand the needs of our states working class. The attack on unemployment has been an unacceptable and ill-advised decision!

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