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will I lose my unemployment insurance if I refuse a job I never applied for?

If a job is offered that was never sought, and conditions are attached to it, can it be refused without losing unemployment insurance benefits? The BIG condition is to be accepted for the job, you must agree to cross union workers’ picket lines in the event of a strike. The company is presently into the 13th week of contract negotiations.

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4 Responses to “will I lose my unemployment insurance if I refuse a job I never applied for?”

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  2. Pat says:

    :You can not lose your UC for refusing to cross a picket line.

    GOOD FOR YOU !!!!

    Thank you.
    Thank you.
    Thank you.

  3. Tony S says:

    The objective of unemployment is to get you employeed. Sure it is there to support you when you are down. However, this is not their objective contrary to popular moronic opinion.

    One way to fully understand this. Go apply for Harvard. Tell your caseworker you are obtaining your PHD. With this job you know you can help literally tens of thousands, you will make hundreds of thousands and your contributions to the state and community where you cureently live will be beyond description. Tell the case worker you want to do the best to make the most of this time. Explain to them in the long run this is obviously the best, most rational and most intelligent option. Common sense clearly establishes this. Tell them while you are a full time student you will need their support. After all… It is your money they are paying you. This is your tax dollars which were set aside in a little fund. It would be unfair for them to not allow you to do this(explain the heck out of that).

    Yes, in many cases going to school is the most logical decision. However, the government has guidelines/rules and laws in place. Although they often defy common sense or rational thought I am sure at one time they were there or are there for a good reason. 80% of the time no matter how logical it is you will loose your insurance if you go to school full time.

    However, this is situational/circumstantial. You do have a case worker who is human and understands hard ship and has some say – to a degree. However, most likely this case worker has 100-500 other people who have the same stories as you.

    What the hell does any of this have to do with anything:

    The objective of unemployment is not to help you get a job you want. Not to help you get a better paying job, not to help you advance the well being of the community or be a more productive and happy citizen. When the crap hits the fan…. Their objective is to get you off unemployment and employeed – no more no less. In that context(the truth)… Consider your question

    yes, it is situational. Yes, it is weird circumstances. Yes, there is a slim chance someone might listen. Yes, their is a slight chance they might take action on your behalf.

    Anyone who gives you a solid yes/no answer is an idiot – give them a thumbs down. I have no crystal ball I do not know. However, their laws/objectives are crystal clear.

    Many in your situation(although I do not advise it – it might be illegal). But, I have heard many in your situation do not mentionn it, so I heard many many many times. There are most likely thousands of people on unemployment in your area ten million around the country. They simply do not have the time, money or resources to micromanage each case to ever detect the fact you were offered a job – in most situations(that is no promise either). Possibly the person got your info from the case worker.

    Anyhow, hope this indirect answer helps.

  4. CarolO says:

    I really wish you’d told us in which state you are claiming benefits — without that information, all we can give you is general information.

    Most state will not require you to accept a job which involves crossing a picket line. For example, in CA,

    “Sections 1258.5 and 1259 of the Code provide that no work or employment shall be deemed suitable if any of the following conditions exist:

    The position offered is vacant due directly to a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute. ”

    So if the job requires you to cross a picket line, even if that picket line isn’t in effect at this point in time, you would probably not be punished for not accepting the position.

    But unless we know the state in which you are claiming, we can’t give you anything more specific.