FIX Oregon's Unemployment Payment Backlog NOW!

FIX Oregon's Unemployment Payment Backlog NOW!

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Jennie Komp started this petition to Governor Kate Brown and

It's recently come out that there are still 70,000+ UNPROCESSED  Emergency Pandemic Unemployment Assistance CLAIMS in the state of Oregon!  These are just the numbers for us gig/1099 workers. Worst of all, it seems to be on purpose. Now we're staring down another disaster in the midst of surging COVID cases.  Applicants have waited upwards of 10 weeks, with not so much as acknowledgment that their application has been received. The few that have gotten through this broken system, had their issues resolved and got their check within days. But the state employment department continues to knowingly betray the contract it has with the citizens. 

kgw news article

Rents are due again. And with each passing day, fewer of us will be able to pay.

AND

Did you know that access to the federal funds, allocated for unemployment, are also controlled by the Employment Offices? That means that no one who qualifies for this help, the help designed to keep our economy from totally imploding, is getting the funds that were made available to them 2 months ago!

(At what point should us citizens band together with a class action lawsuit against our own employment department?)

THIS MUST BE FIXED 

We're calling on Governor Kate Brown, senate, and congressional legislators to turn their attention and resources to this escalating crisis. We're calling for:

1. FREEZE THE PAYROLL for all employment department heads until the backlog is ended (if we aren't getting paid, they shouldn't be either, and clearly they need to be incentivized)

2. MODERNIZE the application process via a fully automated and secure website that approves or denies claims instantly (the fact that this hasn't been done yet is criminal, they could have had it made and up and running by now)

3. SUSPEND rent, and utility payments statewide until the backlog is over and the new online portal application system is up and running, so we don't end up back to this same problem in 3 months. (this part of the mess is on them so they should be the ones to clean it up, not the poorest among us)

This petition is going to Governor Kate Brown, senate, and congressional legislators. And we will not stop until our government works for the people again!

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