Thursday, December 06, 2007

The man isn't keeping me down

For the last month I've been battling the SD Department of Labor to obtain unemployment benefits. I figured that if I'm already swallowing most of my pride by living with the parents and volunteering I might as well swallow the rest and get "my money for nothin' and my checks for free." The D of L didn't think it was so cool that I was volunteering 40 hours a week while claiming that I was still able to search for and accept work if offered (I have to prove that I have applied for two jobs a week to qualify for benefits). So the D of L determined that I was ineligible for benefits. I appealed the determination. After all, I'm volunteering for one reason, and that is to increase my marketability and qualifications, which should be quite congruent with the goals of the D of L. Amazingly enough, my arguments convinced a judge to rule in my favor over the belly-aching of a peon of the D of L who was present to argue against me. The whole process was a bit weird, culminating with the "hearing" conducted via conference call. So to get to the whole point of this post...SUCK IT SD Department of Labor.

7 comments:

Dolce Vita said...

Right on!

(Virtual high fives here.)

Trust in Steel said...

Congrats - relish the victory over the oppressive forces of bureaucratic darkness! I remember those battles well. They are never fun, but the eventual conquest of such worthless entities is fulfilling in it's own small way.

Jasper said...

STICK IT TO THE MAN!!!

mynameisponcho said...

Is there no end to your integrity? You are truly a man of great honour, ready to do battle with anyone who gets in your way. As a taxpayer (though not in your country), i'd like to say that my investment in people like yourself who are willing to work for nothing and then claim the money of people like me who go to work for a living says a great deal about your wonderful country. I salute you.

kungfuramone said...

You just hustled the D of L, man. Impressive!

Cabiria said...

Well done, sir! You are more than entitled to those benefits.

Brian, Brain, B-town, Ginger, Mississippi Jim, etc. said...

Touche! Nice work. They should put your picture on one of those cheesie workplace posters...Perseverance