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‘Excluded’ workers launch benefits campaign

Would make 750,000 eligible for unemployment insurance

Posted 1/20/23

Hundreds of workers and organizers have launched an effort to expand New York’s unemployment insurance benefits to cover the hundreds of thousands of workers currently excluded from federal protections. 

The new jobless insurance program, which advocates are calling the Unemployment Bridge Program, would cover undocumented immigrants, self-employed workers such as freelancers, vendors and some domestic workers as well people reentering the labor force following their release from prison or jail.

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