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 Unemployment Information:

When opening up a new claim, it must be done during that week that you are off- which is called the waiting week,  

Q: How do I apply for Unemployment Insurance?   (By Phone--1-888-209-8124- on line- is the best way)

A: You should apply for UI benefits using the on-line application-  ( ) between the hours of 7:30am to 7:30pm Monday through Thursday (Eastern Time), 7:30am to 5:00pm Friday, all day Saturday, and Sunday until 7:00pm.You may also call our Telephone Claims Center at 1-888-209-8124 for New York State residents (1-877-358-5306 for out-of-state residents) between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. If you choose to file your claim by phone, an automated voice will offer you the choice of filing in English, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Creole, or "all other languages" (translation services will be provided).Examples of questions:  Reason for filing @- Lack of Work           

  Q: How do I claim my weekly benefits? – ONCE you are in the system- you will make a call or go on line in order for your claim to activate- 1-888-581-5812) This can be done on the sunday of the week ending---( week that you did not work) example- w-e 9/28/08- you did not work- you do not make a call until that day the 28th- or within the following week- before  Friday we suggest.           
A: You may claim your weekly unemployment benefits online using WEB-SERVICE. You may also use a touch-tone telephone or a telephone with a pulse/tone switch by calling TEL-SERVICE at 1-888-581-5812 for New York State residents or 1-888-864-9920 for out of state residents. 

TEL-SERVICE and WEB-SERVICE are available in both English and Spanish. Hearing impaired claimants who have TTY/TDD equipment can call 1-877-205-3119. Service at this number will only be provided to English and Spanish callers using TDD equipment. The certification systems process only a one week certification. You must request payment the first week following the week you wish to initiate a claim or on Sunday at the end of the week that you are claiming. You may claim your weekly benefits Monday through Friday from 7:30am until midnight and from 12:01am on Saturday until midnight on Sunday. Weekly claims made on Sunday are for the week ending that day. If you fail to complete a timely certification for any given week, you must write a letter to New York State Department of Labor, Central Support Unit, PO Box 15130, Albany, NY 12212. E-mails will not be accepted. The letter should include your name, address, telephone number, your Social Security number, the period for which credit is being requested, and the reason why you did not claim benefits for that period of time. The circumstances will be investigated and a determination will be made regarding eligibility for benefits. When using the telephone or online systems to claim your weekly benefits, you must certify yourself. Having someone else claim your weekly benefits for you could result in severe penalties. 

 Information you need when filing:   

Federal Employer Identification number-8411-48681       Employer Address: PO Box 981, Buffalo N.Y. 14240              Have your driver’s license available 

Please make copies or write information down what is given to you- keep it in a safe place, so you will have your pin numbers and whatever information you will need in the future- it will save you a lot of time and headache.

We thank USW Local 135 for the above Info....