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Unemployment insurance project : oral history, 1980.

Project: Unemployment insurance project.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcripts 1,701 leaves.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Scope and Contents

This project, funded by the Arthur J. Altmeyer Fellowship in Unemployment Insurance and undertaken by Evangeline W. Cooper in 1980-1982, provides a survey of the history and development of the Unemployment Insurance Service in the United States. The interviewees discuss the relationship of unemployment insurance to the Social Security Board, to the Department of Labor and to organized labor. They offer useful background on various areas of New Deal activity. The participants describe policy development for unemployment insurance in terms of eligibility requirements, disqualification, merit and experience ratings, duration, benefit formulas, and supplemental and temporary extended benefits. There are interesting comparisons of state and federal programs and the degree of control in each case, together with examples of lobbying on state and national levels, and problems of financing the programs. Participants and pagination: Ralph Altman, 71; Joseph M. Becker, 78; Geraldine Beideman, 47; Saul Blaustein, 113; Philip Booth, 66; Eveline M. Burns, 53; Ewan Clague, 99; Wilbur J. Cohen, 40; Edward L. Cushman, 45; Margaret M. Dahm, 77; Robert B. Edwards, 87; Robert C. Goodwin, 55; William Haber, 30; Curtis P. Harding, 97; Russell Hibberd, 76; J. Eldred Hill, Jr., 41; Edward L. Keenan, 66; Leonard Lesser, 57; Wilbur D. Mills, 16; William U. Norwood, 56; William Papier, 62; Beman Pound, 41; George S. Roche, 83; James M. Rosbrow, 56; Harold Rosemont, 31; Murray A. Rubin, 65; Marion Williamson, 93.


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