posted on Mar, 2 2010 @ 10:57 AM
I will tell you all of my situation, and you can take away from it what you will, but may give confused people a better take on the whole thing.
I was laid off on February 2009, and haven't found work since. I was in the middle of my tier II federal extension (so I used my initial 26 weeks,
then got one extension, and started another which I'm on now) and have just hit my one year mark (on your one year mark, you have to call in no
matter where you are in the claim) which for me was in the middle of my second federal extension.
I called in to claim an extension (which was the wrong thing to do since I basically was not claiming an extension, but just doing the one year mark
call that everyone must do at one year of being unemployed) and was getting a recording immediately saying that they cannot take my call due to an
extreme amount of phone calls. I got this recording 4 times in a row, which shows me that everyone that calls is getting that recording, which also
means that the Department of UnEmployment is not taking anymore extended benefits applications at this time.
So, I called in and took the option (push 1 for filing an extension, and push 2 for a problem with your claim) of saying that I have a problem with my
existing claim (since they wouldn't allow me to talk to someone about extending the claim) and they put me on hold with a 30 minute wait.
I waited the 30 minutes and finally talked to someone. I told them the situation that I was in my tier 2 of the federal extensions, and they told me
that all I had to do was call in for my one year mark, and they would just have me continue my existing claim (since I was in the middle of it when I
hit the one year mark) and that when that was done (depending on the extension deadline is moved up) I will be able to apply for tier 3 federal
extension benefits if needed.
BUT, if Congress does not push forward the extended benefits application deadline, then I will not be eligable for the tier 3 extension and will lose
So, to reiterate: Anyone in the middle of their Unemployment Federal Extension benefits will continue to receive their benefits until it runs out
(whatever balance you have left in your claim) and depending on how much time Congress gives us, will depend on if we will be eligible for the
remainding tiers we have on unemployment. Right now, if they push the application deadline to the end of March, I will still not be able to apply for
tier 3 benefits because I won't run out of my current tier benefits until May 1st (two months and two weeks) so I would not be able to "apply" for
extended benefits. BUT, if they push the application deadline past April (when my claim ends) I will be eligible for the tier 3 extended benefits,
but will only collect on those benefits (no matter how much they give me) until July 31st when ALL extended benfits are to end being paid out.
Basically, we all all screwed at one point or another. It's going to end at one point, and we all have to be prepared for the sudden absense of our
As it is right now, no one can "apply" for federal extended benefits due to the lapse in coverage that we are experiencing today (as I type this)
and if they don't come up with a solution soon, there will be millions of people that will run out of unemployment this week, and not be able to pay
for their groceries, rent, utilities, or anything else for that matter, and many families will be forced onto the streets.
And it's all being done by ONE man, singlehandedly, by one man that was pissed he was missing his hometown's basketball game, and his response when
pleaded with to stop this insanity was "Tough #".
This man will be very unliked in the coming days. He already is. This one man is fighting the national debt on the backs of the unemployed, and
it's pathetic and wrong.