Workers on unemployment in Ohio have not received a dime in well over a month. In May 2020 abc 9 in Cincinnati reported that the State of Ohio had paid Deloitte $9.6 million to process unemployment benefits. At the time, the job they were doing was questioned. My article last week highlighted the states failure to respond or communicate as people are growing desperate. This article began to drive traffic from Meltwater, a large corporate PR firm. Zach Schiller the director for Policy Matters Ohio stated at the time that “Other states were able to move more quickly” on accomplishing the task and questioned the service that Deloitte has been paid this large sum to provide.
Wednesday January the 27th at noon a protest is planned. The event is planned to be a peaceful protest calls for people to come out and show up in numbers at unemployment offices across the state of Ohio. The state of Ohio has cut off unemployment for struggling unemployed workers across the state. The state of Ohio ceased paying many individuals unemployment insurance in December. People took to social media to find answers and have found out that others are hitting a brick wall as well. No correspondence from the state has come to these many struggling workers as their situations grow worse. Many who have commented here as well as on groups that have popped up in social media over the last month tell tales of people losing housing, cars, getting utilities shut off and even suicide. Still, no correspondence to unemployed workers desperately waiting for some financial assistance. Despite the 11 weeks unemployment extension signed by President Trump at the end of December 2020 which carried a $300 extra weekly benefits, Ohio has failed to distribute funds to the unemployed and has failed to contact workers who were abruptly cut off.