Monday, February 12, 2007

A Little Lesson in Unemployment

DISCLAIMER: The following diagram is based on true accounts from real unemployed people and is meant to paint a picture of the challenges of unemployment. While it seeks to serve as a didactic aid, preparing students for the pitfalls that they may encounter later on in their lives (God forbid!), it is in no way an encouragement not to seek gainful employment, nor should it be construed as a vitriolic attack against our proud Canadian services. Experiences may vary depending upon the individual:

The former employee relies on Service Canada to get his (un)employment insurance since he can’t rely on the bosses who laid him off to continue paying him.

They rely on him to get his Records of Employment (ROE) yet he has to rely on his old employers to send them in the mail.

They have to rely on their Accountants to look up those Records of Employment and those Accountants have to be pretty damn sure they’ve collected the correct address from the former employee if the employee is ever going to get that record.

After it has left their hands, they rely on Canada Post to deliver that ROE right to the former employee’s door unless, of course, the former employee has a patch of ice in front of their mailbox. Then the mailman will have to reach his arm across the patch of ice and drop a notice into the mailbox notifying the former employee that he is having trouble delivering his mail instead of delivering the mail itself. The former employee may then wonder how Postal services all over Canada function –even those in the Northwest Territories where there is bound to be ice just about anywhere. He may then conclude that of course they function yet he may still wonder why his Postal Service doesn’t. He will consider getting a truckload of sand and blanketing the city with it.

He will hope that his cell phone reception is clear enough to reach the Postal Processing Plant directly although he can’t expect that the line will not be busy for hours on end or that he will actually be able to get through to them at all.

He may simply have to go there in person to deliver his own mail.

If he does get through to the plant the person on the other end may need to verify information that they cannot, at this time, verify since there are many different carriers and some have been injured on the job trying to deliver mail.

If the former employee is starting to think that perhaps Canada Post might be a place that is in need of replacements for their employees since they are all apparently injuring themselves delivering mail (carriers can't always rely on their health) and even goes so far as verbally expressing it on the phone he can go ahead and apply online and the receptionist at the Postal Processing Plant would “encourage (him) very much to do so.” However, right now the former employee’s main concern is to get his mail and get his Empolyment Insurance since he’s had absolutely no money coming in for over a month.

The former employee will then have to rely on the scant records that he does have and show them as proof of employment by traveling to an entirely different city to appeal to officials there.

He will have to rely on the public transportation service to get him there but he doesn’t have a ticket.

Once the claim is made and after 4-8 weeks of processing, it will be up to Service Canada to decide if indeed the former employee is eligible to reap the benefits that he has been paying into for the past ten years of his employment history.

In the meantime, it’s not Service Canada’s responsibility to clothe or feed former employees (or have employees of Canada Post hanged) even if they have direct access to all of the information regarding their entire work history and employment.

When secondary documents are shown THAT is their cue to start processing the claim.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


terrible isn't it?

so, i take it then that you are unemployed....(doing Jason's mouth thing)

8:45 a.m.  

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