Making a Point

Sen. Wyden makes a point during the St. Helens town hall.

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D) is calling for the resignation of Kay Erickson, the director of the Oregon Employment Department.

Wyden released the following statement about his concerns.

“Oregonians thrown out of work through no fault of their own deserve a state Employment Department capable of responding quickly and competently to their urgent needs during this economic and public health crisis.

Over the past weeks and months, it has become painfully clear that the Oregon Employment Department leadership has totally failed to meet these Oregonians’ needs or to support its own dedicated employees working to process claims.

While all states have faced challenges in implementing expanded benefits, Oregon’s problems have persisted far too long with far too much pain inflicted on unemployed Oregonians. The Oregon Employment Department’s mounting list of problems hit a new low this week with revelations that an estimated 200,000 Oregonians are still waiting for benefits and that leadership cannot say with confidence how much is owed to Oregonians aching for funds to buy groceries, pay the rent and more.

Adding insult to injury, too many unemployed Oregonians remain unable even to get through to the state Employment Department for answers to their most basic questions. The department’s persistent lack of transparency and apparent unwillingness to communicate with Oregonians in real time has added to Oregonians’ understandable confusion and frustration.

Simply put, this litany of incompetence and unresponsiveness has hit the breaking point. As a United States senator working to get federal unemployment benefits to Oregonians, this state situation must get fixed immediately and I am calling for the resignation of the Employment Department Director as an essential step to begin that long-overdue fix on behalf of unemployed Oregonians throughout our state.”


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Ron Wyden needs to go. I see in the photo he is wearing his Oregon costume but in all truth he really is a New Yorker now and just comes around and shows his face so he can hang on to his cushy job.

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