Dozens of groups urge a slower pace on unemployment insurance

slowdownMore than two dozen groups took the unusual step of issuing a statement Tuesday afternoon to urge the General Assembly to adopt a slower pace on unemployment insurance reform.

Earlier in the day, on just the fourth day of the legislative session, the NC House gave final approval to a sweeping rewrite of unemployment insurance system, dramatically cutting both the amount and the duration of weekly UI benefits. The bill now heads to the NC Senate.

Here’s more from the groups’ release:

RALEIGH (Feb. 5, 2013) —To make good policy, we need good information. That means taking time to listen to North Carolinians of different background and perspective.

The NC General Assembly’s controversial plan to change our state’s unemployment insurance system has moved at breakneck speed, with little time or opportunity for debate. The bill was introduced Wednesday, was in committee Thursday, and on the House floor Monday. Neither the public nor advocates for jobless workers have been at the table during the design of this legislation.

If we want to build a system that will work, we need to hear these voices.

The bill — a piece of legislation we have grave concerns about — will soon move on to the North Carolina Senate. We hope that lawmakers in the Senate will draw on North Carolina’s rich tradition of careful, deliberate policymaking.

The decisions we make today will affect tens of thousands of our neighbors immediately, and countless North Carolina workers in the future. These are not choices to be made in haste. We urge Senate leaders to slow this process down, listen to all sides, and be open to compromise. Only by doing so can we protect jobless workers, now and in the future.

  • Action for Children NC
  • Action NC
  • American Association of University Women of NC
  • Covenant with NC’s Children
  • Disability Rights NC
  • Good Work
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 391
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
  • National Association of Social Workers – NC Chapter
  • NCAE
  • NC Advocates for Justice
  • NC Asset Alliance
  • NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • NC Coalition to End Homelessness
  • NC Council of Churches
  • NC Community Development Initiative
  • NC Housing Coalition
  • NC Justice Center
  • NC MomsRising
  • NC NOW
  • NC State A. Phillip Randolph Institute
  • NC Women United
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • State Employees Association of NC
  • Working America


  1. Frances Jenkins

    February 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    The Democrat Party in North Carolina is totally out of touch with the private sector. The loss of jobs will continue until the Democrat Party values jobs that are not created by the government.

  2. jlp75

    February 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Last I checked, the Democratic Party has not been in power in this state for over two years now. With all the Republican talk about jobs one would think unemployment would be a non-issue in this state by now. The reality however is that the Republican led legislature in this state is an epic failure and we are among the leaders of unemployed in the nation. It seems it takes more than talk to achieve results. I wouldn’t expect Frances to know anything about reality though. When are Tillis, Berger and McCrory going to step up like men and take some personal responsibility? Blaming past administrations and legislatures is getting really old at this juncture. Republicans are in complete control now so Republicans need only look in the mirror for the source of failure in this state.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    February 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    It really difficult to clean up 140 years of corruption in two years.

  4. jlp75

    February 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Well considering you people were on Obama the day after inauguration day, I believe turnabout is fair play. Two years is certainly much more leeway than Obama was given. Republicans have had two years to turn this state around and they have failed miserably. Therefore, Republicans are failures which isn’t a huge stretch considering a large part of what plagues our state is Republican malfeasance at the federal level during eight years of the George Bush disaster.

    Republican = Epic Fail
    Frances Jenkins = Bumbling Idiot.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    February 6, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Why the attacks on me? Be nice. Discuss the issues and leave the mean spiritedness alone. Surely you can do better than this.

  6. Alex

    February 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Frances, my grandfather used to say when a person doesn’t know much. and doesn’t understand a subject very well, they have to resort to name-calling to mask their insecurity, so I wouldn’t let it bother you.

  7. david esmay

    February 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Alex, my grandfather used to say there are three kinds of liars. Liars, damned liars, and Republicans. Also I have to ask, does switching personas in order to have conversations with yourself give you whiplash?

  8. Jack

    February 6, 2013 at 10:30 am

    After the UI overhaul is complete and people begin to cycle off the unemployment rolls the number of unemployed in the state will look good on paper.

    Look at all the people that went off unemployment. Isn’t that great, they found jobs! Hardly the case.

  9. jlp75

    February 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Unfortunately for you Alex, I made an argument based on the facts the way I see them. The name calling was just for kicks. Apparently it is OK for Frances to talk crap about others on here but she doesn’t like when the shoe is on the other foot. Typical hypocritical Republican. The way I see it the “attack” on Frances was nothing more than a fact based assessment. Sorry if the truth hurts.

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