Columbus, OH – Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga issued the following statement on the unemployment compensation reform bill, House Bill 394, introduced today by State Representative Barbara Sears.

“The unemployment compensation reform legislation introduced today is an incredibly imbalanced approach toward solvency.  It unfairly puts the burden of reform on the backs of the unemployed while employers will pay less overall.  The bill foolishly goes after the benefits of working people and does not represent sacrifice by all parties involved.

“The bill completely misdiagnoses the solvency problem by cutting needed benefits when it is very clear that the real problem with Ohio’s unemployment compensation fund is that employers have been paying way too little into the system for far too long.

“It is also very clear that the authors of this bill did not give any consideration to the working people of Ohio who will be disproportionately hurt by this lopsided bill.  I urge the legislature to go back to the drawing board and do what’s right by all Ohioans, workers and employers alike.”