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Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance is Now Law!

After over three decades of SEIU Local 284 diligently fighting, Minnesota is now the first state to provide unemployment insurance for school workers in the summer.

The new rule, which has been a priority for hourly school workers across the state for decades, fixes the current law that excludes hourly school workers from the Unemployment Insurance program that most Minnesotans have access to, including seasonal jobs like construction, resort workers, and landscaping. To help ensure workers have enough economic stability to continue doing this work, hourly school workers will be eligible starting May 28th to use UI like everyone else this summer.

The only way to be sure whether you qualify for unemployment benefits and what your benefit amount will be is to apply after MAY 28th and answer the questions honestly.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must be actively looking for work, and you must accept suitable offers of employment. The union encourages you to accept jobs that are offered to you – especially summer school and extended school year positions with your district – AND apply for unemployment, as you may be eligible for a partial benefit.

The online UI Self-Service System is the fastest way to apply for benefits and manage your account.

Click here to apply for UI

Click here for more information about how to apply

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

As your union, we are providing you with the information we have and will update information on our website as we receive additional information. It’s up to you to decide if you want to apply for unemployment benefits.

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UI Frequently Asked Questions