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California EDD employee blows whistle, says closer to 600,000 not getting benefits (video)

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Thousands of struggling Californians were promised they would get paid their money by this weekend after a computer glitch delayed their unemployment payments.

But some of those payments still haven’t come. Now, a state worker is speaking out, claiming the Employment Development Department isn’t admitting just how bad the problem is.

The EDD worker was so scared to go on camera to reveal the truth, so CBS13 agreed to hide the worker’s identity.

The employee says instead of thousands, it’s hundreds of thousands of people who haven’t gotten their money on time.

Victoria Ford is forced to live on just 71 cents as she waits for EDD to deposit her unemployment money like the agency promised.

EDD spokesperson Loree Levy told CBS13 on Friday that thousands of struggling people who haven’t received their benefits could expect payment Saturday.

EDD tells people to expect 10 days to get their unemployment money. But thousands say those 10 days have come and gone, and they’re still waiting.

“They told me once before 24 to 48 hours,” said Ford. “They told you guys that they were going to have it this weekend. It’s still not here.”

Ford has now waited for 12 days.

“The program has to be fixed first before they can ever get their money,” the anonymous EDD employee said.

According to the employee, EDD isn’t telling the public the full story, saying the agency is only telling the truth when it says a computer glitch is to blame for the delay. The worker says EDD isn’t admitting just how bad the problem is.

While EDD says 28,000 people are affected, the employee claims the real number may be closer to 600,000.

“Either they don’t know the full facts or they don’t want to admit it,” the employee said.

Read more (video):

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/09/15/edd-worker-closer-...

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This is what will happen...

This is what will happen when they decide to flip a switch and just eliminate all digital money. Oops a glitch, poof, gone. there is no real money in banks anymore.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

You eventually run out of other people's money

and QE is only for the banksters.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

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FYI According to the EDD website CA, they launched a new system

FYI. According to the EDD website, CA, they have launched a new system on Labor Day and are still processing their backlog...

Also, according to their same information, it's allegedly "only" in the tens of thousands ~ 80,000 (not in the hundreds of thousands) of persons.

See :

http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Updates.htm

[...] But certifications from 33,000 claimants dating back to September 9th are now beyond ten days so they have been added to the backlog. So as of Friday, September 20, there are approximately 80,000 claimants with backlogged certifications for benefits.
These backlogged certifications are EDD’s number one priority. Hundreds of staff will be working throughout the weekend, with programmers working around the clock, to clear as much of this backlog as possible.
We do anticipate the number of backlogged certifications to turn around and significantly decrease over the next several days as we complete more and more of the one-time adjustments needed in these cases.
The EDD sincerely apologizes for the hardship experienced for those with backlogged certifications for benefits. We are committed to doing everything possible to resolve the backlog issue and get customers cleared of any further undue interruptions [...]

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Yes

Cause the state government always tells the truth.

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Just relaying.

Just relaying.

But I must say I do find it suspicious. Man, if their I.T. isn't even capable to migrate a few hundreds thousands records in less than a month after the GO live... that speaks mounts about their competence and/or actual skilled resources...

Maybe they should seek help to come from their buddies NSA's computing power in Utah?

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

I couldn't agree more

Most employees of this state are greedy and incompitant.

This is absolutely terrible !!!!

This is absolutely terrble !!!! 600,000 people will have to go out and get a job so that they can pay their bills.

RickStone

Not that easy

California makes doing business here impossible, so hundreds of companies every month are leaving California. Since that is happening, it is almost impossible to find work here. I know a few people in my situation who are packing up and leaving to Texas or Colorado because you just can't survive in California unless you make a minimum of 12 dollars an hour, and that's if you are living with your parents. In fact, I think I'm getting ready to leave this god forsaken state too.

This is exactly what the

This is exactly what the founders intended.

The States are supposed to compete for our support. California isn't earning that support, so they deserve to lose it.

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This is true

But I still have some sympathy for those who have become dependent on unemployment. California has lost millions if people (not illegal immigrants though), and have had made the environment even worse for those struggling. Nothing will change though until the elections are monitored by the public (due to election fraud), and that won't happen until we get more activist out here.

Maybe I should reword what I said...

That's terrible, 600,000 people will have to go out to another state and get a job so that they can pay their bills and let California progressives drown in their own failed politics and economy.

RickStone

I'm one of them

Been aging for every job I can find, changed my resume a dozen times, and nothing. Now, I haven't got a check from the state in a month.