The delays that individuals across the Commonwealth are experiencing with the PA Department of Labor & Industry's Unemployment Compensation system are entirely unacceptable. I have repeatedly communicated with the department Secretary and staff about the issues my constituents are facing and the outrageous wait time for payments. Just yesterday the Director of UC stated in an interview that "there is no backlog anymore when it comes to general claims processing." Tell that to my constituents that have gone without a single penny from UC since mid-March or even earlier!After a hearing that day, State Senator John DiSanto (R-15) called on the Governor to request the resignation of Jerry Oleksiak, Pa.'s Secretary of Labor and Industry. His department is using a 40 year-old computer system that was supposed to have been replaced two years ago. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for the self-employed, funded by the federal government, only went live yesterday, seven weeks after Wolf's lockdown.
For that reason, my focus has been on getting people safely back to work wherever possible since there is little confidence in the current uc system. People have gone without a pay check for far too long!
Here's what some people have said:
Karen - "My mother hasn’t gotten a penny in spite of getting card, pin, and determination letter, and now dad is furloughed from his DCNR position as well, and I see a bill pending to eliminate those state jobs altogether.."
Sue - "My husband filed on 3/17 and subsequently biweekly since, has not received one penny to date. Absolutely ridiculous!"
Harold - "We don't need unemployment, we need to get back to work!"
Missy - "Well i wasn't denied but i filed on March 22 2020 and to this date as of today still did not receive any money as of yet nice right 7 weeks really plz can i have my money."
Laura - "My daughter has been without income since March Hairdressers are getting no help She is single Mom with ZERO help."
Carolynn - "Filed over 6 weeks ago and I received a pin and was told to file even though I wasn't approved yet???? I keep filing when I'm supposed to... but i have not receive a letter of determination or any money."
Karen II - "I filed end of March. I was approved and was sent paperwork saying how much I would be paid. I received my pin #. I have emailed many times and was told 2 weeks ago that funds were released and harrisburg would pay me in 3-4 business days. Still nothing! Over a month with NO income. People that I know that filed after me are getting money. How long do I need to go with no income???"
And Wolf drives a Jeep Wrangler.