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Reps. Galonski, Sobecki ask for Ohioans to remain eligible for unemployment as Ohio prepares to re-open

April 30, 2020
Tavia Galonski News

COLUMBUS – State Reps. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted urging them to allow Ohioans to continue to be eligible for unemployment coverage if they choose not to return to work due to their unique circumstances.

“There is great uncertainty shared by Ohioans about returning to work because of the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), COVID-19 testing and concerns about their family’s safety. If an Ohioan decides it is in the best interest of their family to not return to work because of this pandemic, they should continue to be eligible for unemployment. It is as simple as that,” said Rep. Sobecki.

“On May 1, some Ohioans will be forced to decide between their health or earning a living. That’s an unfair burden to place on anyone, especially during a global pandemic. We need a healthy workforce, but we also need to ensure that Ohioans can make autonomous decisions about their health. We are facing a global crisis unlike any of us have ever seen and as the Governor has said, protecting lives is the most important objective. We are calling on the administration to give Ohioans more leeway so they can continue to make the best decisions for their health,” said Rep. Galonski.

Sobecki and Galonski asked for Ohioans to continue to be eligible for unemployment should the following apply:

  • If they do not return to work because they feel unsafe due to health concerns;
  • If they do not return to work because they provide care for a family member who had COVID-19;
  • If they do not return to work because they do not have access to childcare.

*Editor’s Note: A copy of the letter is attached.

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Reps. Galonski, Sobecki ask for Ohioans to remain eligible for unemployment as Ohio prepares to re-open (PDF)