Unemployment Insurance Roundtable: October 26, 2020

On October 26, 2020 at 10:00am, Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At-Large), Chairperson of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, will host a Public Oversight Roundtable on Unemployment Insurance Programs in the District During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Public witnesses are welcome to sign up, and may use their phone or computer to participate in this virtual roundtable. The hearing will be available for live viewing on DC Cable Channel 13 and online at www.dccouncil.us.

Click here for the Official Hearing Notice and here for the final agenda and witness list. 

This UI Roundtable will focus on three topics: 

  1. DC’s short-time compensation (or “shared work”) program.
  2. Seamlessly transitioning claimants to additional weeks of benefits through PEUC and EB.
  3. Clearing the PUA claims and payment backlog.

If you are unable to testify at the roundtable, written and voicemail statements will be accepted as part of the official record until Monday, November 9, 2020. Additional details on testifying below.


Witnesses must provide their name, email address, telephone number, organizational affiliation (if any), and job title (if any), as well whether they require language interpretation or sign language interpretation. Witnesses who require language interpretation or sign language interpretation are requested to email the Labor Committee at labor@dccouncil.us as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00pm on Friday, October 16, 2020, stating their need for interpretation and requested language. The Council’s Office of the Secretary will fulfill timely requests for language interpretation services; however, requests received later than October 16 may not be able to be fulfilled due to vendor availability. 

If you are unable to testify at the roundtable, written statements will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted by email to labor@dccouncil.us. Additionally, the public may provide testimony by voice mail by calling (202) 455-0153, stating and spelling the witness’s name, stating any organizational affiliation, and speaking slowly to provide a statement to be transcribed and included in the record. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020.

Witness List:

  1. Dawit Siyoum, public witness
  2. Colleen Paul, public witness
  3. LaTeasa Hill, public witness
  4. Cecilia Sierra, public witness
  5. Tyrome Henson, public witness
  6. Carren Kaston, public witness
  7. JoJo Morinvil, Organizer, One DC
  8. AK Adams, public witness
  9. Trupti Patel, Lead Organizer, One Fair Wage
  10. Debbie Ricks, public witness
  11. Hamere Taye, public witness
  12. Luz Carcamo, public witness
  13. Gregory Allen, public witness
  14. Quinton Ayers, public witness
  15. George Black, public witness
  16. Linda McLeod, public witness
  17. Addy Baird, Reporter/Union Chair, BuzzFeed News
  18. Patrick Flynn, Owner, Patrick’s Pet Care
  19. Howard Templeman, public witness
  20. Davidson Hobbs, public witness
  21. Thelma Parks, public witness
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