As long as the unemployed are going to have conditions put on them

11 Jun 2011 09:24 pm
Posted by: Donna

The AZ lege has until Tuesday to extend 20 weeks of federal unemployment benefits to jobless people out of work for 79 weeks. The Republicans are balking at this because Freedom Fairy Unicorn Economics dictates that not starving people makes them unwilling to take the thousands of jobs not actually being offered by philanthropic employers.

Gov. Brewer offered a deal wherein unemployed people getting the extension would be required to prove they are looking for work at least four days a week and take the first minimum wage job offered. That wasn’t enough to persuade the Republicans to extend the lifeline that would keep 15000 jobless Arizonans from slipping into utter penury.

Pearce said there still is a chance lawmakers could approve the plan on Monday – but only if the governor agrees to add provisions he said would prevent fraud. And House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, wants the package to also include tax breaks for business he said are needed to stimulate job growth

Well, not that they’d ever consider it, but why not add a provision to stop employers from dismissing unemployed people outright from consideration for positions?

One prominent example surfaced last year, when mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson announced that it was relocating its headquarters — with 180 new jobs — to an Atlanta suburb. A posting for a marketing/public relations job read, in part, “No unemployed candidates will be considered at all.” Under fire, Sony Ericsson blamed a recruiter and quickly pulled the exclusion.

But similar ads are cropping up in job postings for everything from restaurant managers to forklift operators to medical device salespersons. An ad last month specified that a pet-sitting service in Woodbridge, Va., would only deign to consider pet-sitting assistants who were “temporarily unemployed,” as if no dog could be subjected to a sitter whose skills were not utterly up to date…

…The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has received so many complaints about bias against the jobless that officials consider it an “emerging issue.” At a commission hearing in February, even industry representatives were hard-pressed to come up with a business necessity that would require such an exclusion.

Meanwhile, two states are acting on their own. A New Jersey law, which took effect June 1, makes it illegal to exclude the unemployed in help-wanted ads and carries fines of up to $10,000 for repeated violations. New Jersey Assemblyman Peter Barnes told us one reason he pushed for the measure was learning from his constituents that “to not have a job and then see an ad saying the ‘unemployed need not apply,’ breaks people’s spirit.” In New York, several lawmakers are pushing a measure that would prohibit employers from denying jobless applicants an interview or a job solely because they are unemployed.

I’m sure our Republican friends in the lege would decry such a measure as a horrific socialistic commie intrusion upon our glorious job creators. Who don’t appear to want to give a job to anyone who has been out of work for an extended period of time. But maybe a Democrat could propose it?

1 Comment(s)

  1. Comment by dude on June 12, 2011 9:44 am

    hey, Speaker Andy Tobin has a novel idea– cut taxes! I wonder why no one’s suggested that before!

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