Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), who sits on the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council, released the following statement after Cleveland.com reported
that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services agreed to pay more than $200 million to outside contractors, employing more than 1,600 call center agents at rates of up to $59 per hour to respond to the surge of unemployment claims resulting from the pandemic.
“I was shocked to find out how much the state is paying Deloitte. This is not responsible spending when this company has caused so many of the issues I hear about every day from my constituents. These good paying jobs should be going to Ohioans and Ohio companies should be prioritized for these contracts.
“I was also disheartened to learn that Deloitte keeps portion of the hourly pay from the people doing the job. Our state must stop rewarding corporations that do not deliver for Ohio families. Despite what the governor is trying to portray, our unemployment system is still a mess – just talk to all those Ohioans who are still waiting for their unemployment benefits to pay out.”