A $600 per week supplement to regular unemployment insurance means that unemployed janitors receive unemployment benefits which are, on average, over 1 1/2 times more than what they earned working, “while janitors who continue to work at increased health risk in businesses deemed ‘essential’ have no guarantees of any hazard pay or increased earnings…” (Ganong et al. May 15, 2020 https://bfi.uchicago.edu/wp-content/uploads/BFI_WP_202062-1.pdf)
“It’s also unfair to the teachers, police officers, firemen, healthcare workers, and others who continue to get up and go to work to have someone on unemployment making more by staying home.” (US Senator Lindsey Graham, August 4, 2020)
Remember $600 is on top of regular unemployment benefits, which varies by state and earnings.
“Under the CARES Act, 68% of workers have [income] replacement rates above 100%. The median replacement rate is 134% and workers in the bottom 20% of the income distribution have replacement…
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