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February 2nd, 2010 at 12:22 am

A comment on another point of view. I go to church with a woman who works at a state run job search office here in Michigan. As most of you know, Michigans economy is seriously in the toilet, although when compared to California???? I don't feel so bad. Anyway, this agency is responsible for job search and retraining for every person collecting unemployment or social service assistance in Michigan. The only problem is, they're out of money. The state budget is so far in the red, they don't make enough red ink for it anymore. Anyway, this persons opinion was that welfare should be eliminated and then that money used to get everyone a job. Lovely. What job? There have been several versions of this before, a limit to how much time you could collect welfare benefits, and then the state would make you take a job, like it or not. I have to say that I agreed with this, to a certain extent. I know a couple of people who lived "on the dole" for their whole lives, because they were lazy and didn't want to work. So, this was the agency that helped you find the job, or paid for training so you could get a job. But they don't have any money. And where are they going to find jobs to compell these welfare or unemployment people to take? People who are actively looking for jobs can't find one. And what about the worker whose unemployment had run out, and then they end up on the welfare role? What else can they do? I just thought that her comments weren't very realistic. But... on the other side of that coin, I work in the healthcare field. One of the jobs that many of those recipients were trained for was Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA's) Now I read all of the time that health care jobs are the place to go, the population is aging, there are lots of openings etc. All true to some extent. My company has hired and fired at least a dozen people in the last year who were sent to CNA class by the state, and were terrible at the job. Some would tell you outright this was not what they wanted to do, but they had no choice, train or lose all of their benefits. Some might have thought they would like it, but just weren't suited after they got there. And then the usual workplace foolishness, coming in late, 47 "emergency" calls every shift, always complaining about the shift/work/boss/boyfriend/coworker, calling in too late to find a replacement, just not showing up. Those people really did not want that job, but they can't quit (lose benefits) they have to wait and get fired. What a mess! Do I have a better idea? No, not at the moment, but let me think about it! (just kidding)

4 Responses to “Interesting?!”

  1. davera Says:

    Lovely---imagine having yourself or a loved one hospitalized or with health care needs and being dependent on a CNA who is ill-suited or was forced to take the job, really doesn't want to do it, and is waiting it out to get fired!

    I don't have a solution either, but there has to be a better way. Maybe no one leader can figure this out. Instead, many people and organizations need to come together and figure out what they are willing to give up in order to gain and for everyone to have access to sustainable systems?

  2. homebody Says:

    I live in California.....

  3. girltherapy Says:

    So, what do you think Homebody? Does California train unemployed or welfare recipients, and try to get them back into the workforce? How successfull are they at it?

  4. Jerry Says:

    I struggle with what should happen to people who just refuse to work... it's really frustrating to work hard and try to lead a family to stay afloat and then see people who just milk the system for all it is worth. To struggle to pay for health insurance and have people refuse to work (or pretend to look for work) and use Medicaid for everything. I don't know what the answer is, but I am pretty sure that the current model is not sustainable.

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