State Resources and Benefits Available for Workers Impacted by COVID-19.

State Resources and Benefits

ALABAMA

ALASKA

ARIZONA

  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • FAQs About COVID-19 & Earned Paid Sick Time (rev. March 17, 2020)
  • Updates on changes to Unemployment Insurance, additional benefits and services due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ARKANSAS

CALIFORNIA

COLORADO

CONNECTICUT

DELAWARE

  • Press Announcement: The Delaware Department of Labor Expands Unemployment Benefits to Workers Affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
  • Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance FAQs Regarding the Potential Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

FLORIDA 

  • Reemployment Assistance Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
  • Apply for unemployment benefits

GEORGIA

  • New information for filing for unemployment, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims, and reemployment services
  • How to file for unemployment insurance claim
  • FAQs for claimants filing for unemployment benefits due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

HAWAII

IDAHO

ILLINOIS

INDIANA 

IOWA

KANSAS

KENTUCKY

LOUISIANA

MAINE

MARYLAND

MASSACHUSETTS

MICHIGAN

MINNESOTA

MISSISSIPPI

  • General information about the Unemployment Insurance program, includes information on filing for unemployment insurance

MISSOURI

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for Businesses and Workers
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources
  • Apply for unemployment insurance claim online

MONTANA 

NEBRASKA

NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) mandatory notice – new policy re: visiting New Hampshire offices
  • News Release: Governor Sununu Issues Three Emergency Orders To Provide Relief (re: utilities, housing, unemployment benefits)
  • General information about the Unemployment Insurance program

NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO 

NEW YORK

NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH DAKOTA

  • FAQs regarding Unemployment Insurance and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • General information about the Unemployment Insurance program

https://www.jobsnd.com/unemployment-individuals

OHIO

OKLAHOMA

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Information for Pennsylvania employees impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PUERTO RICO

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

TENNESSEE 

TEXAS 

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

UTAH

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON

WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

WYOMING

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND OTHER RESOURCES

Support for Food, Mental Health and Employment Service

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Resources

 

UHCAN Ohio and Advocates for Ohio’s Future compiled resources where you can find help for yourself, your family or your neighbors. The information is available on the AOF website.

The Ohio Department of Health opened a call center to answer questions from the public regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Unemployment Insurance Benefits – If you have been requested by a medical professional, local health authority, or employer to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19, or have been laid-off, you may file for unemployment benefits online athttps://unemployment.cmt.ohio.gov/cmtview/ or by calling 1-877-644-6562. Please visit Ohio Jobs and Family Services’ Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits website for more information.

Health Care – If you do not have health care coverage or have lost it, you may be able to get affordable coverage through Medicaid or the Marketplace. Check first to see if you qualify for Medicaid at https://benefits.ohio.gov/. If you have changed or lost your job, you may be able to get affordable coverage through the Marketplace athttps://www.healthcare.gov/screener/ 

Patients who need hospital care, but are unable to pay for it, may be eligible for free or reduced fee care at Ohio hospitals through the Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP). Applications for HCAP are accepted by the hospital where care was received, and patients seeking HCAP assistance should contact their hospital’s billing department for application instructions.

There are a few resources for assistance with prescription costs. See these resources herehttp://uhcanohio.org/rxassistance/ 

Child Support – If you are having problems paying child support or you need additional child support, contact your county child support enforcement agency (CSEA). The CSEA will consider your case and present a recommendation for a possible adjustment. The amount could go up, go down or stay the same. To find the CSEA in your county, call (800) 686-1556 toll-free or visitjfs.ohio.gov/County.

Cash Assistance – You can apply for cash assistance online by going to Benefits.Ohio.gov or by filling out a“Request for Cash, Food and Medical Assistance” formand submitting it to your county department of job and family services. Ohio counties are waiving various work and community engagement requirements and granting good cause exemptions in light of the pandemic.

Child Care – ODJFS offers financial assistance to help eligible parents pay for child care while they work. Call your county department of job and family services. For more information, go tojfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/ChildCare.pdf or call (877) 852-0010

Food – You can apply for food assistance online atBenefits.Ohio.gov To be eligible for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), your family income cannot exceed 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. You also can check your eligibility by calling your county department of job and family services. More information about the program is available atjfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/foodassistance.pdf.

You may be eligible for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which is distributed through local nonprofit agencies, such as food pantries. To be eligible for TEFAP, your family income must be below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. To find a local food bank, visit oashf.org/.

Pregnant women and children may also get food from WIC. You can apply by printing out a WIC Program Application and mailing it to the WIC clinic in your area. Please note that you must schedule an appointment at the clinic, too. To find a WIC clinic near you, please click WIC Clinic Directory or call 1- 800-755-GROW (4769).

Food and Nutrition Assistance for Children – The Ohio Department of Education has created a website to support whole-child nutrition at education.ohio.gov. Refer to the map and map site key at for available meal service in your area. Contact your school or district for details about their meal programs.

Older Adults – You can find your Local Area Agency on Aging by going to http://ohioaging.org or calling 1- 866-243-5678 to be connected to the area agency on aging serving your community.

Local Assistance – Dial 211 or see 211.org for local assistance on food, paying housing bills, accessing child care and other crisis help.

Mental Health Help

  • Ohio Crisis Text Line Text keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741
  • Ohio MHAS Help Line 1-877-275-6364
  • Find Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Treatment https://findtreatment.gov 
  • Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 1-800-846-8517 TTY o Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
  • Spanish-speakers: Text “Hablanos” to 66746 Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round

Donald Washington

Southwest Ohio Advocacy Coordinator

Universal Health Care Action Network Ohio

3021 Vernon Place, Suite 2

Cincinnati, Ohio 45219-2417

(513) 541-7099 ext. 23

(513) 541-0989 Fax

dwashington@uhcanohio.org

www.uhcanohio.org

UHCAN Ohio is a statewide non-profit organization working

for affordable, accessible, high quality health care for all.

 

 

 

The Senate Needs To Act!

The labor movement is working nonstop to protect the health and safety of all working people, including workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we are doing everything we can to reduce the heavy toll this public health emergency is inflicting on the economy and the livelihoods of working people.

 

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives took urgent action and passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), a critical first step in making sure working people facing serious health and financial risks receive the assistance we need.

 

Now it’s the U.S. Senate’s turn to act. Call your senator now and tell them to pass this urgent measure as soon as possible.

 

This crisis has exposed the shortcomings of our worker protection and health care systems and is inflicting a heavy toll on the economy. We need to make sure working people do not bear the brunt of the impact.

 

All working people should have access to paid leave, paid sick days, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, and the necessary medical testing and treatment without incurring additional costs.

 

H.R. 6201 is an important first step toward a comprehensive response to the pandemic. It would provide free testing for most people, improve access to food security programs, provide additional unemployment insurance funding to states, and mandate paid sick leave for some workers who fall ill or are affected by quarantine orders.

 

Bold action is needed to protect the health and economic security of all working people. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a critical first step.

 

Call your senator now and tell them to pass H.R. 6201 without delay.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Team AFL-CIO

Union Plus Hardship Help Benefits

Union Plus is here to help union members and their families through times of uncertainty with unique Hardship Help benefits. Find out if you’re eligible for these Union Plus programs.

 

 

Financial Assistance

COVID-19 Outbreak Resources

As you have heard, The United States and the world are facing the very real threat of the widespread transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Ohio too is bracing for the inevitable, as state health officials fully expect that we will eventually see COVID-19 here. Health professionals and medical experts gathered in Columbus this week to emphasize preparation and avoid panic.

The health and safety of all our affiliates, members and the community where we live, work and play are extremely important to us. So, in that spirit, we are taking this opportunity to share some important resources, helpful information, and best practices for planning and preparedness for the COVID-19 situation.

 

For current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, we recommend the following resources:

Although there is no vaccine yet for COVID-19, we encourage you and your loved ones to adhere to the following prevention practices in order to combat the spreading of the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

And here is an excellent article about simple steps you can take – “Stop touching my face? Why the easiest way to prevent coronavirus is so hard.”

If you or someone in your care feels ill, especially if there is a fever involved, immediately consult with your family doctor or other medical professional. And please, avoid contact with other people if sick.

We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, as should you. As further information is made available, we will provide updates as needed. And for ongoing, updated information see the great resources provided by The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) resource page HERE!

Be Smart and Be Well!

More Important Information Sources:

As information evolves and changes, we will make every effort to keep you informed with the latest updates.

Trumka on the COVID-19 Pandemic

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) appeared on CNBC yesterday afternoon to discuss the labor movement’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the concrete steps our government can take right now to protect the health and safety of workers, our society and our economy. This includes emergency legislation that will help protect health care workers from infectious diseases, make test kits free and accessible to the public, provide paid sick leave for all workers, and ensure the most vulnerable members of our society have access to food assistance programs.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on CNBC Closing Bell

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell this afternoon and talked about what we are doing to fight for frontline workers and workers across the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted by AFL-CIO on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

National Call In Day To Protect Our Postal Service

We are standing up for our public Postal Service. It’s time to protect America’s most cherished institution.

The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed the USPS Fairness Act. Now let’s get it through the Senate. We are telling our Senators to pass S.2965, the USPS Fairness Act.

In 2006, Congress saddled our public Postal Service with an unfair and unsustainable burden of pre-funding retiree health care benefits for the next 75 years! That means paying now for USPS workers who aren’t even born yet.

Selling the public Postal Service to private corporations is not in the public interest and would be nothing more than a raid by corporate pirates on our treasured public Postal Service which is protected in our Constitution.

The USPS Fairness Act will start to put that right by removing the unfair burden. By repealing the prefunding mandate, the Postal Service would then be able to focus on investing and innovating services in order to better meet its mission to service every American household and business.

Join us in supporting our public Postal Service. Call Senator Rob Portman today at (833) 924-0085 and tell him to stand up and protect our public Postal Service by supporting S.2965, the USPS Fairness Act.

The White House’s plan states, “Like many European nations the United States could privatize its postal operator.” What’s left unsaid is European nations charge substantially more for mail services delivered in a much smaller area, and they regularly raise the price of delivery. One example is that the price of sending a letter in the United Kingdom has increased 80 percent over the last decade.

Eliminating the universal service obligation to deliver to the 157 million U.S. addresses at the same price, as the plan suggests, would hurt businesses and individuals alike. It would be a dagger in the heart of rural America and undermine e-commerce.

Join us in supporting our public Postal Service. Call Senator Rob Portman today at (833) 924-0085 and tell him to stand up and protect our public Postal Service by supporting S.2965, the USPS Fairness Act.

In Solidarity

Tim Burga, President
Ohio AFL-CIO

116th Congress is the Most Pro-Retiree Congress in 9 Years

116th Congress is the Most Pro-Retiree Congress in 9 Years

Still, more than half of the Senate and more than one-third of the House earned scores below 50%

Washington, DC – The Alliance for Retired Americans released its 2019 Congressional Voting Record, which scores each U.S. Senator and Representative on critical retirement security issues, today.

“Almost every elected official in Washington says they care about older Americans,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance. “This report considers numerous votes to determine who stood up for seniors last year, and who did not.”

Forty-two members of the U.S. Senate and 216 members of the House of Representatives earned perfect scores of 100 percent. However, 51 percent of senators and 45 percent of House members earned scores below 50 percent.

The annual report reviewed votes on 10 key Senate and House bills that affect the health and well-being of retirees. The votes included bills and amendments to lower skyrocketing prescription drug prices, protect people with pre-existing health conditions, ensure caregivers can take sick leave, protect pensions, and repeal the 40% excise tax on employer-sponsored health plans.

“These issues are important and the votes have real consequences for millions of older Americans. They will either strengthen or weaken retirement security for millions of people,” said Fiesta. “Retirees need to have this information to hold their elected officials accountable.”

Fourteen senators and 4 House members earned scores of 0 percent. They are: Senators John Barrasso (WY), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Mike Braun (IN), Mike Crapo (ID), Ted Cruz (TX), Steve Daines (MT), Mike Enzi (WY), John Kennedy (LA), James Lankford (OK), Mike Lee (UT), James Risch (ID), Ben Sasse (NE), Tim Scott (SC), and Pat Toomey (PA); and Reps. Justin Amash (MI), Dan Bishop (NC), Andy Harris (MD), and Gregory Murphy (NC).

The 2019 Congressional Voting Record is available online at https://retiredamericans.org/voting-record. 

Tell your representative to stand up for workers!

Right now, Congress has a critical opportunity to strengthen workers’ rights.

 

Lawmakers, in 2019, introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, which would give millions of America’s workers additional protections to organize and negotiate for better pay and benefits, and a voice on the job.

 

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on this crucial piece of legislation. But greedy CEOs will do everything they can to oppose working people standing together.

 

Can you make a call right now to tell your representative to pass the PRO Act?

 

It’s no secret that the right to form a union is under attack. “Right to work” laws are spreading, while wages have stagnated. More than ever, we need our lawmakers to stand up for working people’s rights—that’s where the PRO Act comes in. It would:

 

  • Penalize employers who violate workers’ right to organize.
  • Help workers secure a first contract.
  • Protect workers who go on strike.
  • Close loopholes that allow companies to misclassify workers as independent contractors.

 

Working people deserve the right to organize and demand living wages, safe workspaces and good benefits—and it’s up to our members of Congress to protect and strengthen that right. Call your representative and tell them to stand up for working families and pass the PRO Act!

 

In Solidarity,

 

Team AFL-CIO

We’ve Come Too Far To Stop Now!

New United Steelworkers podcast: Solidarity Works!

Hey all! I wanted to share that the United Steelworkers (USW) has a new podcast, Solidarity Works, and our first episode went live this morning! I sat down with our Rapid Response director, Amber Miller, to chat about the three major bills our activists are pushing for in Washington, D.C., and what lies ahead for them in 2020.

You can find us on pretty much any streaming service (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, etc.), or at usw.to/podcast. We’ll be posting episodes monthly until March when I’ll switch to two episodes per month.

Spread the word if you dig it!

In solidarity,

Chelsey Engel

USW Communications

Pittsburgh, PA

Register now: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference!

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2020 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference is officially open.

Click here to register for the MLK Conference: Give Us the Ballot Political Boot Camp!

With a critical election right around the corner, the theme for the 2020 MLK Conference is “Give Us the Ballot,” drawn from Dr. King’s 1957 voting rights speech delivered at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom gathering in Washington, D.C.

Decades after Dr. King advocated tirelessly for full access to the voting booth, we are still facing voter disenfranchisement at alarming levels. In the labor movement, we know that ensuring full voting access and a fair count of every ballot is critical.

When it comes to the important work of fighting for free and fair elections, we can’t wait. Join us at our upcoming conference boot camp to roll up your sleeves and get to work!

See you in January!

In Solidarity,

Team AFL-CIO

A vastly better deal

After many rounds of negotiations, and tireless support from allies like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal, Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sens. Sherrod Brown and Ron Wyden, I’m writing to tell you that the AFL-CIO is endorsing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

We knew this deal was too important to get wrong or be rushed. In the face of pressure, working people persevered, winning truly enforceable labor standards and an elimination of special carve outs for big corporations. Also, the USMCA now closes loopholes designed to make it harder to prosecute labor violations.

The USMCA is far from perfect. It alone is not a solution for outsourcing, inequality or climate change. Successfully tackling these issues requires a full-court press of economic policies that empower workers, including the repeal of tax cuts which reward companies for shipping our jobs overseas.

But there is no denying that the trade rules in America will now be fairer because of our hard work and perseverance. More than 16,000 of you signed our petition to tell Congress that we deserve a trade deal that works for all of us.

This is your victory.

In Solidarity,

Rich

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Richard Trumka

President, AFL-CIO

The Postal Service Is Not For Sale!

Opposition Testimony to State Senate NAFTA 2.0 Resolution – President Tim Burga

Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce 

Senate Resolution 376 – Opponent Testimony 

October 23rd, 2019 

Timothy Burga 

President, Ohio AFL-CIO 

Chairman McColley, Vice chair Thompson, Ranking Minority Member Antonio and members of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony today. My name is Tim Burga and I am the President of the Ohio American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (Ohio AFL-CIO). The State Federation represents over 500,000 organized workers in nearly all sectors of employment. From making steel to baking bread, building our schools and teaching our children, keeping us safe and delivering the goods Ohio’s union members are doing the work that connects us all. I write to you today on behalf of our union members and Ohio’s working families in opposition to Senate Resolution 376, which urges Congress to adopt the trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada, also known as USMCA or NAFTA 2.0.

NAFTA and subsequent trade deals have been a disaster for the U.S. manufacturing sector and as a result our local communities. According to the Economic Policy Institute, Ohio has lost approximately 106,000 blue-collar jobs because of NAFTA, as manufacturing plants closed and relocated to Mexico. That’s because NAFTA was written to enrich corporations, providing a massive windfall for big-business at the expense of working people and the communities where we live and raise our families. To make matters worse, it soon became the template for other anti-worker trade agreements, perpetuating a vicious cycle of multinational corporations outsourcing jobs to low-wage, low-standard regions and destroying the livelihoods of working families in the process.

After a quarter-century of this race to the bottom, working people are fed up and demand a better way forward. We are hungry for a North American trade deal that lifts wages and improves livelihoods. But make no mistake: The deal the Trump administration is pushing on Congress falls short of what we need and deserve.

President Obhof claimed in his testimony that this trade agreement will be different because the USMCA’s “enforceable labor standards will enable the American worker to compete on a level playing field, while improving wages and labor standards among our trading partners.” One of the standards that proponents hold up as an example is a requirement that at least 40 percent of vehicles made in Mexico must be assembled by workers “making at least $16 an hour.” As written, the deal allows any party to block an enforcement proceeding by refusing to appoint

arbitrators to a dispute panel. And the $16 wage rule is an average, not a floor, so it includes engineers and other highly paid white-collar workers. This flaw would allow Mexican auto factories to continue to pay the vast majority of workers poverty wages.

To win working peoples support, the treaty needs robust enforcement mechanisms not currently in the plan. Without the necessary enforcement provisions, the American worker will have little faith that Mexico can or will keep up its end of the bargain to establish a Department of Labor, implement and enforce long-overdue labor reforms, allow workers to form real unions and negotiate better wages and working conditions. While the Mexican government has taken steps in the right direction, this proposal has no way of ensuring that they continue following through on their promises.

This deal needs to mandate transparent reporting and strong, guaranteed consequences for violations. With working people in Mexico currently facing wages as low as $2 per hour or less, we cannot accept a deal that doesn’t have the enforcement tools to raise standards for working people in all three NAFTA countries.

Under the proposed deal, any party can unilaterally shut down a settlement panel investigating trade violations. That’s akin to giving an accused thief the right to shut down his own trial. Negotiators had gotten rid of this loophole in recent trade agreements, so to turn back now would be another unacceptable concession to multinational corporations. If a trade deal cannot be enforced, then it’s not a deal at all.

Finally, the administration needs to rein in pharmaceutical corporations’ monopoly over prescription drug prices. The new USCMA would lock in exorbitant prices for life-saving medicines for a decade — a massive giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry and a blow to working families and consumers. These are the most egregious issues, but there is a range of other problems with the current proposal that also needs addressed, from allowing corporations to hide the origins of our food to leaving high-wage jobs vulnerable to continued outsourcing.

While I am glad that this much needed debate is happening right here in Ohio, Senate Resolution 376 falls short of what Ohioans need from our state Senate on this matter. This body should be urging Congress to correct the issues outlined above before bringing the USMCA up for a vote. For too long, Ohioans have suffered from lost jobs and lower wages because of so-called “free trade” deals that place the interests of multinational corporations over our workers. The USMCA as written is just more of the same failed policies. I urge this committee to vote NO on Senate Resolution 376 and instead ask Congress to change the USMCA so that it works for working families.

Thank you for taking the time to read my written testimony opposing SR 376. Please do not hesitate reaching out to my office with any questions.

So where does a senator buy his suits?

So where does a senator buy his suits?

A legend of the U.S. Senate and hero to working people joined us on our latest podcast. He’s famous for championing working families and wearing a canary pin on his lapel. If you haven’t guessed yet, our guest is Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio). Listen to our entire conversation here.

We talked about the ongoing UAW strike and the dignity of work. He discussed how fighting for workers doesn’t mean leaving anyone out—that being progressive means leaving no worker behind. Sen. Brown also ran us through his American-made apparel, including his union-made suits.

So where does a U.S. senator buy his suits? You’ll have to listen to find out.

In Solidarity,

Tim
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Tim Schlittner
Director of Speechwriting and Editorial Content, AFL-CIO
Co-Host, “State of the Unions” Podcast

State of the Unions’ Podcast: A Huge Deal

Listen to our previous episodes:

State of the Unions” is available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher and anywhere else you can find podcasts.

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