We have been working with the New York State Department of Labor on a plan to have members easily sign up for unemployment benefits (U.I.). They have provided the following link labor.ny.gov/
verizonworkers and a fact sheet (below).
Members should file a claim right away to see if they are eligible for UI benefits now or after 49 days. Right now it looks like there will be a 49 day waiting period but we encourage all members in New York State to apply for the benefits now so the department will not be overwhelmed when and/or if we become eligible for the benefit.
Members should be careful to say that they are not working due to a labor dispute or strike.
Helpful links in the above document: