Minnesota hourly school workers want unemployment benefits

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota hourly school workers are demanding unemployment benefits.

Roughly 100-thousand school and college workers are excluded by law from collecting unemployment when they're laid off or furloughed for the summer.

Democrats at the State Capitol are trying to add them to the system. It would benefit people like bus drivers, classroom aides and school cafeteria employees for the first time.

Like all other workers drawing unemployment, hourly school workers would be required to keep seeking other jobs and accept one that's a good match with their skills.