Q) I’m an aircraft Liaison Engineer.I was laid off from Boeing Everett after working on contract on the 787 program for four and a half years. I live in King County and would like to find out if I eligible for any help from the program described in the Seattle Times headed “Feds help laid off workers’. My local worksource office know nothing about it. I would appreciate it if you can direct me to where I find out my status on this issue. I can send you a copy of the article. Many thanks, Mike B*****.
A) I’m assuming that you are referring to the federal government’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, which provides financial assistance to workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
To be eligible for UI benefits, you must have worked for a certain period of time and earned a minimum amount of wages during that time. The specific requirements for UI eligibility vary by state, so I would suggest checking with your state’s unemployment insurance agency to determine your eligibility.
Additionally, under the American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law on March 11, 2021, there are several temporary changes to the UI program, including an extension of the number of weeks of benefits available and an increase in the amount of benefits. These changes are set to expire in September 2021, unless extended by Congress.
In general, if you have been laid off from your job through no fault of your own and meet the eligibility requirements, you may be able to receive financial assistance through the UI program. It’s important to apply for benefits as soon as possible after being laid off, as there may be a waiting period before benefits begin.
According to the article in on Seattle Times“Thanks to a federal program lined up by their unions, local workers laid off during the current dip in employment at Boeing Commercial Airplanes will enjoy a financial cushion that’s much, much plumper than what the average unemployed state resident gets.” You need to contact your local union regarding your benefits in the program.
I hope this information helps, and I wish you the best of luck during this difficult time.