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State Must Fully Repay Unemployed Workers Falsely Accused of Fraud

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today commenting on news that the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency is in the process of refunding $20.8 million to people who were falsely accused of unemployment fraud.

“It’s time to make this right,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “What happened to these people is absolutely tragic. Lives were literally ruined by the Snyder administration’s mistake. While this refund is a good step in the right direction, it’s just not enough to repair the damage. The state has an obligation to repay every single penny they stole from these workers, and they should repay them with interest.

“Rep. Kevin Hertel and Rep. Joseph Graves deserve credit for their tenacious work on this issue. We are grateful for their leadership, and hope the legislature will take swift action this fall to make these workers whole.”

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