17 February 2009

NELP Unemployment Insurance Lobby Day! $405 is NOT ENOUGH!

NELP UI Lobby Day! $405 is NOT ENOUGH!

New Yorkers, NOW is the time to make your voices heard in Albany!

Join us on Tuesday, February 24th, as we call on our elected leaders to support UI Reform!

Unemployment has been surging in New York State, and yet our Unemployment Insurance (UI) system remains woefully out-of-date, giving working families a maximum of only $405 in UI benefits. Is that enough to support a family - to cover food, housing, and medical costs? We say, "NO!" It's about time New York makes long-overdue changes that allow more working families to access benefits, particularly in these tough economic times.

So, how will these changes be made?

A recent bill was introduced in the State Assembly (A4920) that would increase the amount of benefits available to working families facing joblessness and allow more families throughout the state to be eligible for benefits. We need to let leaders in Albany know that A4920 is important to families in New York, and that we call on them to support the bill’s proposed changes to UI!

Join us on Tuesday, February 24th as we visit our elected officials in Albany

and let them know we support A4920!

We will be meeting at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 10:30 AM before heading out to meet with various elected officials for the day. All transportation costs (subway, travel to Albany) will be covered, and meals will be provided. See below for more details about travel and meeting places.

Please contact Christine, at criordan@nelp.org or 212.285.3025 ext.302, if you are able to attend or would like more information. Click here for a UI Lobby Day flyer. We hope to see you there!

Travel and Meeting Details:

In Albany, we'll be meeting at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chesnut St., at 10:30AM. Parking is on Chesnut St., between Dove St., and South Swan St., on the left-hand side of the street. Entrance to the church parlor is on Chesnut St. We'll be done by 4:30PM, and meals will be provided. Please click here for a map.

If you are leaving from the NYC Area, we can provide transportation. Meet at the NELP Office at 6:30AM - the office is located at: 75 MAIDEN LANE, SUITE 601, at MAIDEN LANE and WILLIAM ST., near the A, C, 2, 3, J, M, Z,4 & 5 subway lines. Please RSVP so we can accommodate those wishing to attend who need transportation.

A4920 Basics

  • Provides benefits for educational workers, workers who leave their jobs due to domestic violence, and long-term unemployed workers in job retraining
  • Provides higher benefits for low-wage working families
  • Raises the maximum UI benefit incrementally over a number of years, and provides for automatic adjustment with wages by 2013
  • Makes New York’s UI system more sustainable through better financing

Christine Riordan, Policy Analyst
National Employment Law Project
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 601
New York, NY 10038
Tel: 212.285.3025 ext. 302
Fax: 212.285.3044
Email: criordan@nelp.org
Web: www.nelp.org


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