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0757, 24 May 21

Work Search Requirements Reinstated in Wisconsin

Excellent. It’s a step in the right direction.

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Wisconsin residents receiving unemployment insurance must now fulfill work search requirements that were temporarily suspended because of the economic effects of the pandemic.


A GOP-controlled legislative committee voted on May 19 to reinstate the requirements. The aim is to help an ongoing labor shortage in the state as it recovers from the pandemic.


“I would argue that that is why it is so imperative to get people out looking for work,” Sen. Steve Nass (R – Whitewater) said on May 19 about putting the requirements back in place.

It wasn’t that along ago that this would not have been controversial. We have 3.8% unemployment and it is not unreasonable to expect people who are being supported by the taxpayers in time of trouble to, at the very least, make an effort to get off the dole.

And while I feel sympathy for this lady, the answer is “yes.” The social bargain is not for taxpayers to support you until you find a job that you like or that is in your desired field. The social bargain is that the taxpayers will give you support until you find work – any kind of work – to support yourself. That may mean getting a job that you don’t like as you continue to look for the job you want.

Luz Sosa is an economist at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Prior to the pandemic, she worked full-time, but the effects of COVID-19 on the college forced her to go part-time. She has since been on partial unemployment. With the work search requirements, she is finding limited options to fulfill them as higher education employment has slowed and has yet to recover fully. Sosa believes this is a challenge for many others.


“How would that impact other people in other industries where there are no jobs in their industry?” Sosa told CBS 58 in an interview. “Are we all supposed to switch jobs, careers or make a life change just because of these work searches?”


0757, 24 May 2021


  1. dad29

    Are we all supposed to switch jobs, careers

    Yup. Happens all the time and often it’s ugly.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    About time.

  3. MjM

    Maybe Prof and AFT member organizer Miz Sosa should take her president’s advice: “Anybody who can throw [numbers around on a blackboard] can learn how to program, for God’s sake!”

    Apparently, the founder and CEO of SosaTek isn’t doing to well in her side gig, either. Conjuring up big money cases to sell to law firms must be truly exhausting.

    As far as the work search requirement, it should have never been suspended in the first place.

  4. Mark Hoefert

    Are we all supposed to switch jobs, careers?

    Well, yes. If coal miners can learn to code, I would think a college educated economist could do it too.

    Biden to Miners: Learn to Code

  5. Mar

    “Well, yes. If coal miners can learn to code, I would think a college educated economist could do it too.”
    Of course, she can do manual labor like installing solar panels. To be fair, how many college teachers who are economists can actually be employed in the real world?

  6. MjM

    Given that MATC pays it’s profs (avg. salary above $91K) more than UW and it’s Adjunct Instructor pay is 65% above the national average, I doubt Miz Sosa will attempt to seek any employment outside her education bubble.

    Manual labor? Pshaw!

    Here is Miz Sosa from 2015 praising MATC’s teacher union and B&M-ing about WCTC pay cuts:

    Two quotes from that rant stand out.

    The first is, “On the other hand, at Waukesha, our pay rate, which was half MATC’s, was cut.”

    The second, as a followup to the first, is rather stunning: “My hourly pay was slashed from $55 an hour to $46”

    Catch that? If she isn’t embellishing (you decide) that means that as far back as six years ago Miz Sosa was making $110/hr at MATC.

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