Today, the Senate returns from a two-week vacation. Back in May, Congress passed a second major stimulus package called the HEROES Act with a number of major relief programs for Americans still suffering under the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been waiting in the Senate ever since.
In less than a week, the CARES Act-mandated $600 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation will end. For thousands of freelancers whose unemployment insurance benefits were miscalculated, some receiving less than $100/week, that additional FPUC payment is the only thing keeping them above water. If it is allowed to end, it will be a catastrophe for millions of struggling people who remain unable to work.
This is why the Freelancers Union is demanding that the Senate take action now.
What we need is an overhaul of the PUA program that will accurately calculate every worker’s unemployment benefits based on their entire income — both W-2 and 1099 — not just a portion of it. We need to ensure that everyone who lost work is able to receive the unemployment benefits they were promised back in March. And we need a better support system to get us through a crisis that shows no sign of ending, including ongoing stimulus payments