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Ed Rendell on Jobs

Democratic PA Governor


Pass Work Sharing legislation: part-time unemployment

I would bet that almost everyone in this room knows someone collecting unemployment right now. You might also know someone who is out of work but cannot collect unemployment compensation because of our outdated laws that often don't count every hour you worked. The good news is that the federal government will give us hundreds of millions in additional funds if we end our antiquated approach.

We applaud the employers who made the moral decision to keep their businesses going with fewer hours just so their workers can count on some income. If we act swiftly to pass Work Sharing legislation, workers in these companies could get unemployment for the lost hours that helped preserve jobs.

I realize that down the road there may be some long-term cost to employees and employers alike by crafting a modern system. But it's the right thing to do: if you work and pay in, and then lose your job through no fault of your own you should be able to collect. It should be as simple as that.

Source: Pennsylvania 2010 State of the State Address , Feb 9, 2010

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Tom Corbett
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NJ Chris Christie
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CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
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