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December 4th, 2011
03:59 AM ET

"Dignity for the Unemployed" Act

Should you be required to work in exchange for receiving unemployment benefits? T.J. Holmes discusses the idea with Georgia State Senator John Albers.

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  1. Suzanne

    There a plenty of public services that should be required to receive unemployment. ex.:work with the school system as a tutor- sit with with the elderly so the employed (paying for your unemployment) to not have to pay a sitter. (just 2 examples that would take some stress off working Americans), No more free lunch, the longer there is no reason to work, the longer those working continue to pay. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH The amount of volunteerism should equal the percentage of unemployment received – "no work, no pay" and NO EXCUSES!

    December 4, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  2. I.L. Walker

    (Corrected version)I would like to see the unemployed back at productive work as well earning their unemployment benefits. But let the taxpayers truely benefit. I propose that all unemployed Accountants earn their keep by auditing the Federal Reserve and determine where the TARP funds ended up. Unemployed ethicists can monitor congress and report back to us. Unemployed soldiers can review the military budget. Unemployed students can review the Department of Education. Former Minimum Wage Workers who are now unemployed can Review the tax system with the goal of being fair when measuring the worth of ones work. Unemployed journalists can find work investigating all political interactions which are currently unmonitored and thus lead to the corruption that is found. And Finally, unemployed prison guards can deal with what these productive citizens find for we taxpayers. Let us clean up the trash found in the system before we clean up the trash found on the sides of our highways

    December 4, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  3. unemployedandpaidedd

    I am surprised by Albers comment that the unemployed should volunteer to work to continue to receive the unemployment benefits that I have paid into for over thirty-five, (35) years. I am so taken aback with this proposal, and when President Obama has tried to negotiate with individuals like him, the republicans, gives them what they want, and creates a job bill for the retirees, the unemployed, and the gop votes against every single proposal, won't pass his job bill, they shoot him down. my question is, if his proud statement of denial of unemployment benefits should become, will the 24 hours be added to enhance my social security, will the volunteered 24 hours be reported to EDD, and if so, based on that result, will i receive a decrease in the funds received because any hours worked will be reported?

    December 4, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  4. John from Erie, Pa

    This sounds like a chain gang without the chains. This is a benefit that people pay for let them use it.

    December 5, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  5. Kevin, WI

    If you are required to do something you are no longer a volunteer. Just thought Id point that out.

    December 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  6. FedUp American

    Congrats TJ for your question to Rep Kingston re:DRUG TESTING for ALL members of Congress, Senate, federal workforce! Kingston wants drug testing for those receiving unemployment, which by the way is NOT free money as we PAY for those benefits with each paycheck we receive! We, the TAXPAYERS, PAY for the benefits and compensation for representatives and federal workers. SO WHY NOT TEST THEM TOO?????? Kingston says "voluntarily" for representatives but mandatory for the rest of US!!!!!!!! DOUBLE STANDARDS!!!!!

    December 17, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  7. Gina

    John Albers sure does have a very strong opinion of what unemployed people should do to get their benefits, but when T.J. asked if he wouild take a drug test since we pay for his salary he wasn't to fond of the idea...WHY NOT?? I have worked for the government for 13 years and just in the last five I paid $125,000 in taxes, but again I have paid taxes for 13 years. I am a military spouse and I had to give up my career so that I could support my husband and the Air Force and I have NOT been able to find a job since we moved. I have applied for so many jobs, even jobs that only paid 1/3 of what I made in salary. So this John Albers thinks that we are all losers and use our money for drugs and he doesn't even have a clue what it's like for someone who wants to work and can't find anything. I would love for people like him to walk in our shoes for just a bit just to see what it's like. AGAIN this is coming from a guy who thinks people in his postion are too good for it and myself and my husband and family have paid his salary for years. So my message to Mr. Albers is that WE ARE TRYING and as soon as you take a drug test as well as the rest of Washington then you can say something to us!! One other thing, thank you President Obama for helping us, as an American woman and military spouse we appreciate it and want you to know that we are trying...

    December 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  8. Harpe

    As a resident of the state of Georgia, I wonder why every time one of our Republican politicians gets on a national news program he finds it necessary to embarrass the working people of the state. Unemployed people and poor people in Georgia are already sinking, and the last thing they need is for some GOP politician to tie another rock around their necks.

    December 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  9. Orion

    I'm a Democrat & unemployed, & totally agree with drug test. In fact, I believe, this test should be mandatory & apply to anyone who receives (or is going to receive) state or federal assistance (Food stamp, Medicare, Medicaid, Energy assistance, etc.). Equally, I believe any government employee (federal, state, etc.) must be tested before & during employment (once a year) too.
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    December 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm |

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