Originally Posted by StirBlue
PA: I know that this is not going to make you happy but the boss is right. While unemployment may look like a quick fix, it is actually a sinking hole. Displaced workers who get hooked into unemployment become unemployable. And that leads to welfare.
Excuse me! I'm 58 years old and on unemployment for the first time in my life! I was fired because of my age and because during my last 2 years of employment there I had 4 surgeries, went through 6 weeks of radiation, and in actuality only missed a total of maybe a week of work. I was out on the line helping fill sandbags after my second lumpectomy. Yup - fired for being too old and for having had cancer! And the people I worked for had the audacity to ask me for a letter of resignation so that I couldn't get unemployment! Fat chance!
Darn straight I'm taking the unemployment! Losing that job meant we had to move - lost our place to live, everything we loved for 8 years! Now I'm looking for the right situation - working on plans to go back to school this fall (culinary classes), and most importantly getting some peace and rest in my life so I can finish the healing that I was too busy working to let happen.
Not everyone goes from unemployment to welfare! That's a cruel generalization. I know quite a few people who have used unemployment to barely keep the bills paid until they find a new job.
PA there is nothing shameful in taking the unemployment. We pay into it when we are working and we are entitled to it. It doesn't equal a whole paycheck - but it puts food on the table until that new door opens! My prayers are with you