Texas AFL-CIO Endorses ‘Common-Sense’ Way To Expedite Unemployment Benefits

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy commended U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and the other 12 Democratic members of the Texas congressional delegation for proposing a temporary boost for unemployed Texans.

The request is for the state to waive a requirement that workers must re-certify every two weeks that they are unemployed to receive payment. (The law already requires unemployed workers to report when they obtain a job.) 

The Texas Workforce Commission, which oversees Unemployment Insurance benefits, has experienced tied-up phone lines and a faltering website as more than 1.2 million Texans apply for benefits.

“Thank you to Rep. Doggett and all the Democratic Congressional representatives for this common-sense proposal to help more than 1.2 million Texans who have lost work through no fault of their own,” Levy said. 

“It just makes sense that Texans should not have to ask for Unemployment Insurance benefits every two weeks while the Workforce Commission is overwhelmed with new applicants and, all too frequently, unable to answer the phone or keep its website live. We urge Gov. Abbott to heed this call and remove these unneeded barriers for unemployed workers.”

The letter from members of the U.S. House may be found HERE.