ND Workers, Are You Still “Displaced and Vulnerable’?
So I'm gonna let Doug start us out...
Burgum said. “These federal unemployment programs were meant to supplement state benefits and provide short-term relief for displaced and vulnerable workers, and these programs have accomplished their goals but are now counterproductive.
Maybe y'all survived the inevitable staff constriction brought on by COVID-19. I think I speak for us all in saying- there have been many staffing changes around us since March of 2020. What are the chances that those positions become re-available in a post-pandemic period? (I'm not ready to proclaim any thing as crazy as post-pandemic) But we all know business is returning to it's similar PRE-pandemic models. Sadly, we'll be marching forward without many of those co-workers that marched with us in the past,
People have told me the story of pandemic out-of-workers, that are making $1,200 a week doing nothing at all. Seems, they've been at that for a while. That's all open to a contract you signed and possible arbitration when needed. So, I imagine there's little sympathy to the $4,800 a month non-worker, but what of the employee that lives happily on an extra $1,200 a month and doesn't care to be an "employee" after all?
Well, for quite some time you could be receiving supplemental funds of $300 a week in Federal COVID FPUC bailouts authorized by the great state of North Dakota! Seems after seeing all the "Hiring" signs hanging in business windows, North Dakota has joined other states in opting out of the Federal unemployment program and signing up with the now go get a job program.
Which is problematic for folks that used to make a buncha money as it seems that very few companies are hiring for the upper/middle end jobs, but plenty are hiring for the jobs that people have been walking away from just for an additional Federal kick-in of $300 a week.
My life has not changed much since the pandemic, and for that I am very thankful. How has yours? What do you think about the change in benefits?