Change the EDD

Change the EDD

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Ashley Berckley started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom

My name is Ashley.  I am writing to you today with a personal story about an all to familiar topic.

The California employment development department. As you know the need for unemployment benefits here in the state of California amid the pandemic is through the roof. But what is not being discussed is the unethical treatment of people who are receiving these benefits.

I am writing in today to tell you a little more about my story. I am a pandemic unemployment recipient. My claim started back in August of 2020. During the time I was still actively seeking work throuout the pandemic as the business that my husband and I have could not operate. I was fortunate enough to secure a job with san bernardino county after my initial claim was filed.

I was very excited to have a stable source of income from that job to stop from relying on the edd system. So I started my job. However two days after securing that job the school district that my children attend put out a statement saying they would remain distance learning for the rest of the school year. Meaning they would be at home learning for the rest of 2020 and so far 2021.

Since I am the one responsible for taking care of them since childcare is unavailable at that time I was forced to resign from my job. Three weeks later I received a paycheck of 243 dollars for the two days worked. And of that 243 I saw 172 dollars due to the fact employers take out for taxes and pensions and etc. I was baffled by the fact that once again I was finding my self like so many other people, unemployed because of the pandemic yet again.

Now let's fast forward to March 23rd of 2021. After months of issues with the edd from delayed extensions to gaps in benefits I was hit with another road block. The 172 dollar gross paycheck back from August of 2020. The edd put my entire claim on hold. That was March 23rd.

I started frantically calling the edd to try to find out what was going on and spent over 300 hours in total trying to get a hold of them. When I finally found success in using an autodialer to help with making the connection I was told to basically "just wait because I need an eligibility interview."

I was told it would take approximately 2-3 weeks and I would receive correspondence from the edd. However, this never happened. I utilized method after method to contact the edd including sending a total of 10 emails now that have yet to be answered. 

The audacity of the edd to require that we as people should do everything in a timely manner. Where is the same respect for us. It reminds me of our local Walmart. Have you ever been in Walmart with 18 registers but yet three are open. That is our California unemployment system.

This Sunday will mark 8 weeks of unanswered emails phone calls and lack of benefits.  There is nothing I won't do at this point to try to fix my claim. I have even gone as far as to reach out to the office of Gavin Newsom.  They seem to be the most successful in attempting to help but are stating they need at least 30 days to try to process.

Another 30 days.

Another month of not recieveing the measly 147 dollars a week I am entitled to.

There has been no press release from the edd in I don't know how long and it seems as though there seems to be no one in the entire department who actually cares about helping the people during this pandemic. This needs attention and I think there is a lot of people who would love to express the need for an EDD REFORM!!!

Sincerely one angy American citizen!!!

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