The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Massive Unemployment—With Minimum Unemployment Workers

Apr 12, 2021

More than a year into the pandemic and subsequent massive unemployment, the Michigan department that handles problems associated with unemployment claims and payouts is still understaffed and difficult to reach.

Want to make a phone appointment? Keep hitting refresh because all appointments for the next week are booked.

How about their online chat support? Sorry, all employees are busy helping other people.

Call their help number? All employees are helping other people and you can’t even wait on hold.

No doubt, workers at all the various unemployment offices throughout the state want to help people solve their claims and get the money they so desperately need. But these workers are extremely swamped with overwork—staffing is still kept to a minimum.

It just shows that in a capitalist system, it doesn’t matter if there is work to be done. Jobs that help people and don’t make anyone rich will always be staffed as little as possible!