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Michigan Employers - employee unemployment issues

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Herm Witte, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    I am meeting with a representative of the Unemployment Agency in two weeks. I am meeting in Representative Yonkers office so that the UIA can hear from us about issues our seasonal employees have had trying to collect benefits. Please PM me your name and contact # and I will call you to get the details. I don't want to turn this into a long drawn out ***** session.
     
  2. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    I'm interested in this Herm. I'll reach out to you and get you my new contact info. Great job! Representative Yonkers is the perfect legislator to help with this. Is Jeff Sneller also involved? Jeff has Representative Yonkers ear....he got him to sponsor our hold harmless verbiage in the house, and has a long and solid history with him.
     
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Yonker's should be the right guy, but he is a typical politician.

    His 3 brothers told him they wouldn't vote for him again.
     
  4. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    I wonder why. He was very attentive and supportive of our concerns when I met him with our group a couple weeks ago. He didn't strike me as a typical politician. He came off as a solid guy. As I'm sure you know he sold his landscape business when he was elected to office, so he relates very well to all of our issues.
     
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    It was after he voted for the screwed up gas tax that we voted down.
     
  6. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    I say pot tax for potholes. We'd end up with the best roads in the country.
     
  7. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,607

    Do you really smoke that much. :dizzy:
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Lol..........
     
  9. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    I look at this as a positive opportunity. Nothing will ever change if dialogue does not take place. I am looking for you to help me tell our story as it relates to unemployment benefits that affect each one of us. Negative commentary and bitching behind the scenes get us nowhere.
     
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    I'll be happy to be negative to his face.
     
  11. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,540

    To help us understand better,
    Herman, what is your story, as it relates to unemployment benefits?

    I positively, want taxpayer subsidised unemployment extensions to come to a end.
     
  12. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,685




    Can I have your new contact info so I can pass it along to Mark


    Good Luck to you Herm..Trying to envoke change is a Big undertaking when dealing with Lansing
     
  13. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    In Michigan myself and others layoff their seasonal employees late November or sometime in December. They are entitled to unemployment benefits. A benefit paid for by employers. Even when given a return to work date laid off employees must apply for other employment or potentialy lose a week or two of their benefits. In addition, as I and others understand it, when a dollar is legitimately earned and reported those dollars are deducted dollar for dollar from their benefit. Historically employees were allowed to earn up to 50% of their benefit before their benefit was reduced. A much better scenario that encourages laid off employees to work. The system today does not encourage laid off employees to work in the off season. Working ends up being a penalty. Many of us use our laid off seasonal employees in our snow operation. In reality the only incentive my laid off employees to work in our snow operation is the threat of losing their unemployment benefit. I am looking for instances from Michigan employers where their laid off employees had difficulty with the Unemployment system. I hope this helps clarify what I am looking for.
     
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,540

    Crystal ,

    As a worker and superviser in the ski industry I know the drill,
    I think the biggest hinder will be with the unions.

    I worked as full time seasonal ( Union) .
    with your layoff notice,
    You got a call back date based on your seniority.

    We never even considered looking for work,
    Never had to. As it was not required as you have a job..
    We went rock climbing all mud season,or worked no more than 32hrs in a 2 week period.
    Don't want to mess with the benefits by working to much..
    Young with no responsibilities .....
    Then went back to work in August .

    then With the short duration of the lay off , we would petition for our full benefits .

    As we get older we can look back and say,
    Get a job, cut your hair,.....
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2015