Furloughed federal workers can collect unemployment
Bill Coleman, a mechanical engineer who works for the Navy, expects to be furloughed for 11 days this summer. He will try to recoup some of his $4,400 in lost pay through unemployment claims.
May 29th, 2013
08:11 AM ET
1 year ago

Furloughed federal workers can collect unemployment

New York (CNNMoney) - Should federal employees on furlough be allowed to collect unemployment benefits? Engineers at a Navy shipyard in Philadelphia think so.

The local union affiliate of International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers has signed an agreement with the Navy which would allow their civilian federal workers to group furlough days in one-week blocks. It's a strategy with one key goal: enable those employees to recoup some of their lost wages through unemployment checks.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    That sounds fair and reasonable. Congress needs to fix the problem. Workers shouldn't have to suffer because of Congress' irresponsibility. If Congress can make special privilege for the FAA, I see know reason why furloughed workers can't collect unemployment. I'd like to hear republicans complain about this.

    May 29, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. drewATX

    If they are civilian employees and are laid off then of course they should be able to collect unemployment.... why would this even be up for debate?

    May 29, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Fed workers have to good for their own good. They are over paid and under worked

    May 29, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Of course.

    Totally negate what is trying to be accomplished.

    May 29, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. much thunder..little rain

    gee thats a surprise ..union wants money for setting on there butts...oh yea unions doing whats best for there own no matter what...

    May 29, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    I say if you want to cut cost start with congressional pay and benifits ,the gop obstructionidt should make minimum wage and no benifits for non performance losers.

    May 29, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The gop will be looking to collect unemployment when they get kicked out of congress in 2014 mid terms and beyond ,morons.

    May 29, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Cue Teatroll poutrage and resentment towards federal employees...yawn....

    May 29, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |