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

New Layoffs Crash State Claims Systems

Jan 12, 2009

In the first week of the new year, a tsunami of layoffs hit unemployment offices. In Michigan, New York, Ohio and North Carolina, telephone and internet systems crashed completely under the loads. Workers in many other states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania reported waits of hours and hours to get through.

In Michigan, workers who couldn’t get through by phone reported to a suburban Detroit office where they were given numbers. If their number wasn’t called after they had waited all day, they had to come back the next day–and even the next, for many.

Like government officials didn’t see this coming?

For years, state governments have engaged themselves in an orgy of giving grants, subsidies and tax breaks to any business that asked. Now, it’s time for the state and the companies to repay. Make them keep workers on the payrolls and out of the unemployment lines!