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In the wake of the recent bankruptcy of A&P, it is now more important than ever for us to remain united. UFCW Locals have put together a guide of resources which outlines state, local and federal services that could be of assistance during these difficult times. While this unfortunate situation is through no fault of your own and is entirely in the hands of A&P, we as union members must continue to be strong and assist one another. We hope that the information listed below will help in easing the stress that you and your families are facing. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our union.
Unemployment Insurance Assistance
New York State Unemployment Insurance is available to eligible workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. Claimants of unemployment should file within a week of losing their job so as to take full advantage of the benefits available. Click the following link to create an account and to file for unemployment online. Click here to find out how to create an account and file for unemployment online.
You can also file a claim and receive assistance over the phone. Residents in New York State may call 888-209-8124. The office is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
If you live in New York City you can apply for unemployment insurance through ACCESS NYC.
Self Employment Assistance Program
The Self Employment Assistance Program offers the opportunity for workers who have recently lost their job to enroll in free training programs geared towards starting one’s own business. The training programs do not conflict with Unemployment Benefits. To find out more information on the Self Employment Assistance Program click here: www.labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/ui/p55.pdf
Resume Writing Help
Career One Stop, a service offered by the Department of Labor, provides tips and guidance on resume writing, including sample resumes, writing tips as well as strategies on presenting your job experience most effectively. To find out more information on these services, click here: www.careeronestop.org/ResumeGuide/
A number of free resume writing services are available in the Queens, Brooklyn and New York Public Libraries throughout the city. Career assistance is also available online and in-person at the Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Putnam County library systems. Please check your local library to see when and where these are services are available.
Job Training and Workforce Development
High School Equivalency Exam
All New Yorkers are eligible to take the free High School Equivalency exam formerly known as the GED. You may be asked to take a placement exam or encouraged to attend preparation sessions.
For more information about the exam and to find a High School Equivalency (HSE) testing center, visit the New York State Department of Education at: www.acces.nysed.gov/hse/what-hsetasc-test
Nassau BOCES offers a series of classes and training opportunities in administration, law, health care, architecture, construction and other fields. A list of these low-cost continuing education classes can be found here: aeonline.classmate.net/nassau#browse
The State University of New York (SUNY) University Center for Academic and Workforce Development hosts a wide range of workforce development and re-training classes and programs. A list of these programs can be found online at: www.attain.suny.edu
Suffolk County Community College offers a large number of classes and continuing education programs. A course catalog for the fall is available online here: www.sunysuffolk.edu/dept_docs/Continuing_Ed_Docs/SCC_full_book_fall_2015.pdf
Additional information about the courses that are offered by Suffolk County Community College can also be obtained by calling their Admissions office at 631-451-4000.
The City University of New York (CUNY) offers a wide range of continuing education programs at many of their campuses across the five boroughs. To search for classes based on location and class topic, visit the CUNY Continuing and Professional Education website here: www.cuny.edu/academics/conted.html
New Career Opportunities
There are a number search tools to find job openings throughout New York State. The following websites offer the option to search by zip code and by job category to find career options in various industries. Some websites may ask you to create an account.
New York State Department of Labor: https://www.jobzone.ny.gov/views/jobzone/guest.jsf
USA Jobs: www.usajobs.gov
New York State Job Bank: www.newyork.us.jobs
There are a number of career centers throughout New York City, Long Island, and Hudson Valley that offer in-person services for assistance in finding a job. You may search for the career center closest to you by using the New York State Career Center Locator: www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/