Fedor Joins State Elected Officials and Advocates for Toledo Unemployment Roundtable
This week, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, state Representative Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and union leaders hosted a virtual community roundtable with advocates and Toledo-area residents to highlight ongoing issues with Ohio’s unemployment system.
The event followed last week’s announcement from Governor DeWine that beginning June 26, Ohio would no longer take part in the federal program distributing an additional $300 a week to jobless Ohioans receiving unemployment benefits.
“People need any support they can get from their government, financial or otherwise,” Fedor said. “The long-term financial consequences of this pandemic are just beginning. Choosing not to take federal funds that could stimulate our economy and help unemployed Ohioans put food on the table is shortsighted and bad policy.”
Kapszukiewicz, Fedor and Sobecki were joined by Zach Schiller from Policy Matters Ohio, Rebecca Steinhauser from Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Kalia Johnson from the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and Erika White, president of Communications Workers of America 4319 and vice president of GNWO AFL-CIO.
“Beyond the obvious cost to all those families, that is about a billion dollars that is not going to be coming into the Ohio economy, so that is going to hurt businesses,” Schiller said. “It is going to hurt Ohio’s economy and our recovery. As you’ve already heard, many workers are unable to take new jobs because of childcare availability. I just got some figures today that show in Southeast Ohio, the number of childcare centers that are operating are down 17% from what they were before the pandemic. We have tens of thousands of Ohioans who have left the labor force who haven’t been able to rejoin it.”
While unemployment claims have dropped since the start of the pandemic, many industries have yet to fully recover, particularly the leisure and hospitality sectors. A lack of access to child care has also prevented many Ohioans from returning to work. Although childcare centers can reopen, a National Association for the Education of Young Children survey
found that 81% of childcare centers enroll fewer children today than they did before the pandemic.
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